The government has introduced a new stream for subclass 408 for people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Subclass 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa details:
- This visa is available to non-residents currently in Australia.
- The visa applicant does not need to be endorsed in writing to apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic event 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.
Subclass 408 COVID-19 Pandemic event visa may be suitable for the following visa holders:
1. Temporary Work visa holders including working holiday makers employed in critical sectors who have not completed the 3 or 6 months of specified work required to apply for a second or third Working Holiday Maker visa, and are unable to leave Australia, may be eligible for Temporary Activity (subclass 408 Australian Government Endorsed Event (AGEE) stream) visa. This visa will allow working holiday makers to remain lawfully in Australia, and continue working, if they wish to do so, until they can return to their home country.
2. Those already in Australia with the Seasonal Worker Program whose visas are expiring, will be able to extend their stay in Australia by applying for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408 Australian Government Endorsed Event (AGEE) stream) visa.
3. Holders of other temporary work visas / TSS 482 visa /457 visa currently employed in critical sectors may also be eligible for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408 Australian Government Endorsed Event (AGEE) stream) visa.
If your visa situation has been affected by COVID-19/Coronavirus please contact Alan Rigas Solicitors in Sydney to discuss your circumstances, phone appointments are now available: 02 9635 5333