This might change how you recruit: 400 Visa vs 482 Visa

The Australian government has a lesser-known skilled working visa called the 400 visa, but it has an incredible advantage!

The 400 visa enables Australian employers and recruiters to get overseas workers started in a role really quickly – think weeks, not months. It’s great for short-term positions.

At a basic level, the subclass 400 visa differs from the subclass 482 visa in the following ways:

  1. The 400 visa enables a worker to come to Australia for a maximum cumulative stay of six months within a 12-month period – The visa takes us at the Ayers Group just a few weeks to get approved.
  2. The 482 visa allows a worker to come to Australia for an ongoing stay of two or four years and takes us around 1-2 months to get approved.

The biggest benefit of the 400 visa for Recruiters is speed – it realistically opens the international market to roles that need to be filled quickly. The visa turnaround time is realistically less than the standard notice period a local worker would need to give their employer. With the local skills shortage and abundance of quality talent overseas, this visa needs more attention.


The differences at a glance


400 VISA
482 VISA
(on-hire with the Ayers Group)
Department Processing Time
  • One to four weeks
  • 1-2 months with Ayers
Maximum Length of Stay
  • Up to 6 months
  • Up to 12 month under Australia’s Interest stream (further detail below)
  • Short Term Occupation – 2 years
  • Medium Term Occupation – 4 years
Inclusion of Family Members
  • Yes – restricted activities no work or study
  • Yes
  • Spouse/Partner provided work rights
Document Requirements for Sponsorship
  • Letter of Invitation
  • Letter of Support
  • Position Description
  • Labour Market Testing
  • Market Salary Rates
  • Employment Contract
Personal Document Requirements


  • Financial status
  • Resume
  • Passport
  • Medical exam if visa over six months or high risk country.
  • Passport
  • English Language Ability unless exempt
  • Resume
  • Skills and Experience – evidence of minimum 2 years highly relevant work experience, Qualifications (if applicable), Work references payslips. Skills assessment unless exempt
  • Health – Medical Examination and Chest Xray.
  • Character – Police Clearances
Applicants can apply from Onshore No
  •   Yes


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