Publish Date: Oct 01, 2012
The Visiting Academic Visa (subclass 419) is for overseas professional academics to temporarily visit Australia. The purpose of the visit must be to observe or participate in a research project at an Australian tertiary or research institution that nominates, and sponsors the visiting academic.
The Visiting Academic Visa is quite onerous on the sponsor institution and the process can take up to three years, with the obligations associated with the visa lasting up to five years – which in certain circumstances, long after the academic has left the country.
A professional academic under the terms of the visa cannot be an Australian, and must also have a significant record of achievement in their chosen field. Furthermore, they must not be involved in any teaching or lecturing in Australia, or receive any remuneration other than living and travel expenses.
The Australian tertiary or research institution must apply to be an approved Visiting Academic Sponsor in order to be able to invite overseas academics. Part of the process is to nominate the position to be filled and whom to fill it.
To be approved as a Visiting Academic Sponsor, the organisation must be lawfully established and operating within Australia, while also having a good business record. An institution can include a body corporate or unincorporated body (other than an individual or a sole trader).
The organisation must cooperate with the department’s monitoring requirements, and meet costs and other obligations as part of the program.
This includes but not limited to:
If the sponsor fails to satisfy a sponsorship obligation, one or more of the following actions may be taken:
Due to the stringent obligations, sanctions and future ramifications associated with the Visa, it is highly recommended that legal advice is sought to ensure all of the requirements of the sponsorship program are met.