Offshore Operations

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Offshore Operations

Under the Migration Act 1958, non-citizens are required to hold an appropriate visa to participate in, or to support, an offshore resources activity.


Australia’s expanding oil and gas sector and the industries and companies which support this industry employ a significant number of specialist foreign workers.

Over recent years there have been major changes to the legislation in this area as the government has sought to ensure that all foreign workers in this area have the correct work rights and that there is no disadvantage to Australian’s working in this sector.

This affects those companies which operate vessels in Australia’s Maritime waters either within the Migration zone or external to the Migration zone.

There are a number of visas which may be used in this sector including the sub class 457, the Maritime Crew Visa or the short term business entry visas (including the sub class 400 visa).  He choice between these instruments is often a critical decision for companies.

Over the past year there has also been additional legislation introduced as the Federal Government(s) have sought to define the type of work depending on its relationship to Australian resource projects.

This is a complex area and if your company is involved in the offshore resources sector and is seeking to use the services of foreign workers to complete contracts they you should seek immediate assistance from your consultant at Visa Solutions Australia.

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Thanks Andrew – sounds like a win-win all round! I would like to add that this outcome could not have been achieved without your attention in this matter, firstly in your initial follow-up; and then in the detailed documents and response when requested yesterday. This is an example of the professionalism which enhances our working relationship with RMAs, and ultimately benefits our clients. Thanks again.


Firstly, me and my family are very greatful for the work and effort you extended to me during the period of the processing our Residence Visa. From the initial contact I had , I had been assisted wisely on the options that I have to take up to the very challenging part of securing my Chinese Police Clearance where I described it as if I was press against the wall already. But still I received more options from Miguel, Zahira and the rest of the staff. You were always there when I needed most of your assistance. You all work an extra effort to assist and guide me through till the goal of our visa were achieved and that makes your service a very special one.

Carlo Camon

Thanks Zahirah! Excellent work and thanks for informing us immediately. Thanks for your effort all. Cheers!

Steve, Moved to Australia in 2015

Andrew was a joy to work with during my migration to Australia. During the start he was kind enough to give us an understanding of the application process and the options available to us. With Andrew’s help I got my visa on time and without any complications!

Arnie Verghese

Andrew has been an amazing agent and friend who helped me immensely, to fulfil my dream of migrating to Australia. Working with him made the entire experience smooth, which is why I also ended up working with Andrew for my partners fiancé visa.

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Faster than I expected thank you. I'm looking at flights to be back in perth for sometime on Friday, will give you a definite once I've booked something. Thanks again.

David Hamilton

Thanks for your effort all. Cheers!


Thank you again for your excellent service and support. In my opinion you went above and beyond the norm.

Frank Zenke

Have arrived in Perth last week for my course. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both of you for helping me getting the visa.

Elaine Lau

I would like, on behalf of us all to thank you deeply Andrew for your help and was wonderful meeting you and witnessing a professional at work.

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