The Government has created a new COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa Stream under the 408 Visa for essential workers to lawfully remain in Australia.
To apply for the new Stream under the 408 Visa a person must:
- Have either 28 days or less remaining on their current Temporary Visa, or previously held a visa that expired/ceased no more than 28 days ago;
- Be unable to apply for another Temporary Visa.
408 Visa Australia | For Critical Workers
Applicants must be suitably skilled in critical sectors including healthcare, disability and aged care, childcare and agriculture, and wish to stay in Australia to work in these areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes have taken effect under the 408 Visa from Sunday 5 April.
As you may know, COVID-19 border closures, quarantines and travel restrictions are taking place at a global, national, state and regional level and Government announcements are coming through at a very rapid pace.
We hope our updates are helpful in understanding the impact of these announcements for visa holders and that you and your family are keeping safe during this difficult time.
408 Visa Australia | New COVID-19 Visa Stream
To find out if you are eligible to apply for the new COVID-19 Visa Stream under the 408 Visa, or other visa options to extend your stay in Australia, you may wish to seek professional advice. This is especially the case given that the Government is encouraging many Temporary Visa holders to consider returning home.
We understand there may be some people on a Visitor Visa that are at a higher risk of infection or may prefer visa extension options to stay with friends and family in Australia at this difficult time. If you have any questions about the 408 Visa Australia or any other visa options, please do not hesitate to contact our Registered Migration Agents at [email protected] or +61 8 9221 3388 (or National Free Call 1800 449 858).