Crew members of non-military ships and international voyages required to hold a Maritime Crew Visa to enter Australia. The ship that employs the visa applicant must be for commercial trading purposes or for carrying passengers, owned and operated by a foreign government to do scientific research or approved for public vessel status by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
To be eligible for this Australian visa, the applicant must be outside Australia at the time of the application, they must also be able to provide a valid national passport. A seafarer’s identity document is not acceptable. Crew members can be people who provide services, maintenance or warranty work on the ship while it is at sea. Scientific research personnel are also eligible for this visa. Crew of yachts do not usually qualify for the Maritime Crew Visa, and should consider a Superyacht Crew visa instead.
Holders of this visa are only allowed to enter Australia by sea; it is not valid for air travel into the country. This is a multiple entry visa with a three-year life span. Holders of this Australian visa are allowed to perform work only in relation to the usual operation requirements of the ship. If the visa holder signs off from his or her ship while in Australia, they will have five days to depart Australia or sign on to another non-military ship to stay in the country.
Maritime Crew visa is applicable to partners or dependent children (under 18 years of age) of crew members. The visa for family members can only be granted after the Australian visa has been granted their visa. The partner or dependent children must remain on the same vessel as the crew member to retain their Australian visa. Dependents are also not allowed to work or study while in Australia.