Australian Maritime Crew Visa
I was just notified Australia is going to require a VISA for all crew member soon. Here are the details:
Maritime Crew Visa is here
The Australian Government now requires foreign sea crew to obtain a Maritime Crew Visa (MCV) to come to Australia.
This means the 130 000 foreign sea crew who typically travel to Australia annually on commercial ships, such as cargo and cruise ships, and other non-military ships, now need to apply for a visa before they arrive.
The MCV aims to strengthen Australia’s border security while continuing to enable the entry of genuine foreign seafarers. It will replace the current Special Purpose Visa that is granted to foreign sea crew on arrival, provided they meet entry requirements.
There is a six-month transitional period until 31 December 2007 to allow the maritime industry to adapt to the new requirement and apply for MCVs. From 1 January 2008, the MCV will be mandatory and crew not holding an MCV are likely to be restricted on board and fines imposed.
is required by all foreign sea crew (except New Zealanders)
requires a formal visa application to be made outside of Australia
needs to be granted before arrival
is free of charge
is valid for three years
allows multiple entries to Australia
is valid for travel to Australia by sea (not by air).
Applying for an MCV
Individual seafarers, along with authorised third parties such as shipping agents or crew manning agents, may apply for the MCV. Third parties may also be able to receive communications on behalf of crew. For example, when an MCV is approved the third party is notified by letter or email. It is also possible to check online whether a crew member holds an MCV.
MCV applications can be lodged over the internet or by completing a paper application and posting it to Brisbane, Australia. Applications cannot be lodged at an Australian embassy, consulate or high commission.
Internet applications may be finalised within days, while paper applications may take some weeks to finalise. Only one application may be lodged at a time and it should only take a few minutes to submit an application for each crew member, provided the required information is available.
The MCV is a change for the shipping industry however it seeks to strikes a balance between the need for stronger border security and the demands of shipping operations.
For more information on the Maritime Crew Visa visit: www.immi.gov.au/sea
Myself Aman Nationality Indian, I visit your website and learned a lot about Maritime crew visa, As I assume this is not part of your job, But even them I need some favor from Your side.
I want to apply for Maritime Crew Visa, I could not find any Shipping Agent who may apply my MCV to work In Australia.
I request you to kindly Please advise me some Legal authorities (shiping agent/ crew manning agents) which can help me to get MCV. I shall be really very thankful to you for this kind of act.
Seeking your helping hand
help me sir
dear sir i apply for the crew member there is some aproval letter come to my agenthe told me that this is for the cruise ship sir but i just saw ur letter about u told that there is three type of ships cruise cargo and non military sir how i m shored that i m going to the cruise sir he also told me that ur ship going to be the thailand shiping port for the 21 september or the next one in the october sir plzzzz tel me that this is for the cruise ship or not sir i m the student and m going to make my future this is the big aporchunity for me but sir i m confused abiut this plzzz inform me that this is for the cruise or not
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