The Australian Government has announced a new stream of the Subclass 408 visa, which will enable visa applicants to remain in Australia if they have no other visa options and are unable to depart Australia due to COVID-19 travel bans.
This stream will also enable visa holders to remain in Australia to assist in critical sectors including healthcare, disability and aged care, childcare and agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visa holders will be able to include eligible family members in the application and will have the ability to travel in and out of Australia as required for the duration of the visa.
The COVID-19 Pandemic event visa is only available to people who are onshore and have 28 days or less remaining on their current visa or where their last substantive visa has expired up to 28 days previously.
The Subclass 408 visa will require health and character checks, and visa holders must hold adequate health insurance. Applicants must also be able to financially support themselves and family members included in the application.
Regional Migration Australia is assisting clients through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are able to communicate with clients via virtual appointments (Zoom/Phone) and can manage matters remotely on behalf of clients.
If your visa is due to expire shortly, please get in touch to discuss your COVID-19 action plan.
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