BREAKING NEWS! Apply for an Australian Visa during Coronavirus Issue, is it POSSIBLE?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Across the world there have been more than 190,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 7,700 deaths, that’s a fantastic number. As at 6.30 am on 18 March 2020, there have been 454 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 40 new cases from 3.00 pm yesterday. Currently, of the 454 confirmed cases in Australia, 43 have recovered and 5 have died from COVID-19.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses the media on Wednesday 18th of March 2020. He has announced a raft of changes to daily life in Australia as the coronavirus pandemic spreads. The top lines: nonessential gatherings of more than 100 people are now banned, and Australians have been urged not to travel overseas at all. This crisis will probably last six months or more so new measures will have to be sustainable, Morrison said. He also advises to Australian people to do not travel overseas at the moment. Travel advice has been raised to level 4 — the highest level, meaning do not travel anywhere in the world. Domestic travel is low risk, Morrison said, but people are urged to not travel to parts of the country where people may be particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus, such as remote Indigenous communities.
This decision will cause an impact on Australian temporary visa holders who are currently in Australia. It may even be a bigger issue for them who hold temporary visas, such as a visitor visa, student visa, working holiday visa, etc. Coronavirus outbreak may deter them to return to their home country and even if they want to, it may be difficult as some flights like Qantas has cancelled their flight. Like it or not, they would need to apply for an appropriate visa to remain lawful in Australia. One of the options is partner visa onshore. So, if you think you meet the eligibility criteria, don’t waste your time. You would need to apply it as soon as possible.
As a migration agent, we do understand that time is a crucial matter. But, for you who still hold a valid visa and currently stay in Australia and want to apply for an onshore partner visa, don’t worry you still able to do that. Indah Melindasari as our professional migration agent and the team at ONE derland Consulting will help you to understand what you have to do and also provide the best options for applying for your visa. Get in touch through email [email protected] or via phone to 08 9477 5831 (Perth), 02 9188 2065 (Sydney) & 03 9088 4114 (Melbourne). Talk to our experienced team member on any queries you may have.