Maritime Crew Visa (subclass 988)

Maritime Crew Visa   (subclass 988)

The Maritime Crew Visa is a temporary visa for three years issued to international crew members who has been employed or under the offer of employment to work on the non-military cruise of Australia to undertake an international crusade or journey to Australia through the channel of sea also, Maritime Crew Visa is specifically for foreign crew of cruise and is not applicable to permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand citizens.

You can apply for this visa if you:

Are outside of Australia
Are or will be a crew on a ship that is going to or from Australia
Will enter or leave Australia by sea as a sea crew
The ship must be either:

A commercial trading ship
A passenger ship
A ship owned by a foreign government to do science research
A ship approved by the Australian Depertment of Foreign Affairs for “public vessel status”

How long your visa lasts
The Maritime Crew visa (subclass 988) lasts for three years.

Your Maritime Crew visa (subclass 988) will end if:

while in Australia, you do work other than to meet the usual operational requirements of the ship
you arrive in Australia by air on a Transit visa, hold no other visa (other than a Maritime Crew visa) and do not sign on to your ship within five days
you arrive in Australia on any other type of visa (other than a Maritime Crew visa) and that visa ends or is cancelled
you sign off your ship and you do not leave Australia within five days, apply for another type of visa, or sign on to another non-military ship in that time
you leave a vessel on arriving in Australia without being immigration cleared by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Service deems or declares your ship to be ‘imported’ and you do not leave Australia within five days, obtain another type of visa or sign on to another non-military ship in that time.
If compelling reasons beyond your control prevent you leaving Australia within the five-day period, contact the department of immigration and border protection to ask for an extension while your Maritime Crew visa is still valid.

Your obligations
You must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

You can only do work that meets the normal operational requirements of your ship.
You must sign onto your ship within five days if you arrive in Australia on a Transit visa (subclass 771).
If you sign off your ship, you must do one of the following within five days:
leave Australia
obtain another type of visa
sign on to another non-military ship.
If the Department deems or declares your ship to be ‘imported’ , you must do one of the following within five days:
leave Australia
obtain another type of visa
sign on to another non-military ship.
If your Maritime Crew visa ends or is cancelled, you can apply for a new Maritime Crew visa from outside Australia. Whether a new Maritime Crew visa can be granted will depend on the reason your visa ended or was cancelled.

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