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Friday, 10 April 2020 22:24

Australia introduces new ‘COVID-19 Pandemic event visa’

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Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408) for COVID-19

A new visa option has been introduced to allow foreign nationals, unable to depart due to the COVID-19 situation, to remain in Australia lawfully and to assist in critical sectors to cope with the pandemic.

This new visa available under the subclass 408 is free of cost and is only available to Temporary Work visa holders employed in critical sectors. The main purpose of this pathway is to address workforce shortages in critical sectors such as healthcare, disability and aged care, childcare and agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With this visa you can

  • remain in Australia if you have no other visa options and are unable to depart Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
  • remain in Australia to assist in critical sectors including healthcare, disability and aged care, childcare and agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Requirements to apply

Applicants must be aware that the pathway has “very strict” eligibility criteria:

  1. you need to be onshore
  2. you must already have a temporary visa
  3. visa holders must have 28 days or less remaining on their current visa or where their last substantive visa has expired up to 28 days previously.

Unless you fulfil this criterion and are ready to address workforce shortages in critical sectors, you will not be eligible for this visa.

Processing times

Processing times are not available for this visa

Find more information about this visa here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-activity-408/australian-government-endorsed-events#Overview

VisAustralia still open and working at full throttle

VisAustralia, like the Department of Home Affairs, is continuing to work at full throttle.

We are keen to push the applications of our overseas based clients forward and ensure visas are granted in the shortest possible time. This on-going work will allow you to move to Australia as soon as the travel ban is lifted.

We are also keen to assist people facing visa issues in Australia because of the travel ban. If your visa is expiring, or you have other questions about the impact of the ban on your visa process, please do not hesitate to contact VisAustralia.

We want to reiterate that the travel ban is a short-term measure not related to the process of applying for a visa under the Migration Act 1958. The Australian migration program has a long and stable history and visa processing system will continue. People will continue to be able to migrate to Australia and study in Australia. The closure of the border represents a short-term policy response to what we all hope is a short term health issue.

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