To obtain the International Relations Visa (subclass 403) you must satisfy the criteria of one of five eligibility streams:
Government Agreement stream: to come to Australia under the terms and conditions of a bilateral agreement between the Australian Government or an Australian state or territory government and the government of another country
Foreign Government Agency stream: for a representative of a foreign government who will not be given official status in Australia by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), or a person who is to be employed as a foreign language teacher by a foreign government in an Australian school
Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream: to do domestic work in the household of someone who holds a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995)
Privileges and Immunities stream: for a person with privileges and immunities under the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 or the Overseas Missions (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1995
Seasonal Worker Program stream: to come to Australia to work as a seasonal labourer in selected industries for Australian employers who cannot source local labour You must be invited by an approved Temporary Activities sponsor to participate in the Seasonal Worker Program. This program is limited to selected countries only.
Applying within Australia: If you apply in Australia, you must be in Australia when the visa is granted.
Applying outside Australia: If you apply outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when your visa is granted.
Application fees start from $285, with additional fees for any dependant family you place on your application.
Is this visa right for me?
International Relations visa (subclass 403) is a temporary visa. This is not suitable for persons wishing to settle in Australia permanently. This visa is suitable for seasonal labourers, representatives of a foreign government or foreign language teacher, those in bilateral agreement with the Australian government, state or territory, are a domestic worker for a diplomat, or are a person with privileges or immunities (see Privileges and Immunities stream).