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Every year we hear from dozens of clubs and academies wanting to sponsor sports coaches from overseas.

The increasing popularity of sports like tennis, badminton and gymnastics means home-grown coaches are often in short supply and club owners have no choice but to seek talent from outside of Australia in order to meet demand for classes, competitions and tuition.

Is it hard to sponsor a sports coach?

Whether you want to sponsor a tennis coach or a gymnastics coach, certain criteria must be met. The club or academy must meet requirements and the nominee must have the skills or qualifications needed to carry out the work. Most club owners opt to sponsor coaches on Temporary Activity Visas (Subclass 408). This visa type was introduced in 2016 in a bid to cut the amount of red tape involved in Australian sports visa applications.

Coaches staying for three months and under must apply from outside of Australia and have the support a club or individual in Australia who will oversee the events and activities that the coach is involved in. Not just anyone can offer this support, there are certain requirements that need to be met.

Sports coaches who intend to stay in Australia for longer must be sponsored by a club or academy that is an ‘approved sponsor’.

Coaches must also meet other criteria such as health and character requirements. In some cases, they may need to obtain a health insurance policy to cover their stay in Australia.

Applicants must also meet the ‘Genuine Temporary Entrant’ requirement. This is a test designed to prevent abuse of visa programs such as the Subclass 408 and to ensure that applicants don’t intend to use the visa as a backdoor to permanent residency.

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408 visa processing times

If you’re a busy club owner going to the trouble of sponsoring a sports coach then you won’t want to wait long for approval. The good news is that 408 visa applications are usually processed very quickly. Our Registered Migration Agents recently managed a 408 visa application for a gymnastics coach in Melbourne which was granted in less than two weeks. We managed the whole application from start to finish and the sponsor didn’t have to wait long before the nominee was making their way Down Under.

Can family members come on 408 visas?

Coaches sponsored on 408 visas do have the option of bringing dependents to Australia as long as they meet certain criteria.

Apply for a 408 sports visa

If you run a sports club and want to find out more about sponsoring a coach from overseas, contact us for a free consultation. It’s important to remember that every case is different, but our team has worked with dozens of clubs and academies over the years and we know exactly what needs to be done in order to minimise stress and guarantee a speedy outcome.

Acting on your behalf, we can oversee the whole application and liaise with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on your behalf.

If you’re ready to tap into some overseas coaching talent, contact us today for a free consultation. Please note, True Blue Migration Services only manages applications relating to the sports stream of the 408 visa.

*True Blue Migration Services is a proud sponsor of Essendon Keilor Gymnastics Academy and Mandurah Cricket Club.