In these unchartered times, the COVID-19 crisis has raised a lot of questions for visa holders both in and outside Australia. Here’s our insights on some questions you may have about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on your visa arrangements, and other information you may find helpful at this time. We encourage you to check this page regularly – and if you have a visa or migration concern, please do not hesitate to contact us so your circumstances can be assessed.
If your visa is expiring soon, it is common to think you may need a visa extension, but in Australia the process of extending your stay involves applying for a new visa. Find out more here.
Usually there are very limited circumstances available to stay in Australia if a person’s visa grant notice has a ‘No Further Stay’ Condition, but waivers are being accepted. Find out more.
Australia’s International Travel Ban is currently in place with only limited exemptions for critical workers and compassionate or compelling cases (in addition to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residence Visa holders). Read our article here.
Read our FAQ’s about the process of applying for an exemption for international, interstate and intrastate cross-border travel.
The Government is strongly encouraging offshore Skilled and Business Visa Holders to remain compliant with visa conditions, such as Condition 8504,which requires a person to enter Australia by the initial entry date specified on their visa grant notice. However, it has also recognised this may not always be possible and provisions may be available. Find out more.
Yes, however the Department of Home Affairs only issued 50 invites for the Subclass 189 Visa in April 2020 compared to 1,750 invitations issued in the previous month, March 2020. This represents a 97 per cent drop.
A spokesperson from the Department of Home Affairs told SBS News, “The number of invitations issued each month for points tested visas often varies depending on the number of applications being processed by the Department and planning levels for each visa subclass. There is no set number for each round.”
“So that Australia can deal with the immediate and post-recovery impacts of COVID-19, the Government is closely monitoring migration and visa settings to ensure they are consistent with public health measures, are flexible and do not displace job opportunities for Australians,” the spokesperson added.
Yes, but only 50 invites were issued in April 2020 compared to 300 invitations in the previous month, March 2020.
The AAT is continuing to review visa decisions during the pandemic, however it is mindful that the pandemic may affect the capacity of the tribunal and other persons to take steps to progress applications. New applications to the AAT should be lodged online or electronically where possible, as the AAT registries are closed to visitors other than in limited circumstances.
The AAT will prioritise cases that do not need a hearing or can have a hearing conducted by telephone and/or video. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAT will not hold any hearing in person, except in exceptional circumstances. A request for an expedited decision may be possible if a person meets the AAT’s eligibility criteria for this.
Depending on the visa you hold, you may be able to access Federal Government provisions, such as early access to your superannuation. Read our article here.
State and Territory Government support may also be available. Find out more.
Red Cross support for visa holders may be available to some migrants who are currently in Australia. Find out more.
Recently, some State Governments announced financial support schemes for Temporary Visa holders. Read more here.
The Government is still accepting visa applications, however significant delays are being experienced across the migration program.
Skilled visa processing has been delayed significantly during the COVID-19 period. Find out more.
Government statistics show that the pandemic has dramatically impacted Australian arrivals and departures. Find out more.
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