COVID-19 Concession for Family and General Skilled Migration Visa 2021
Covid-19 Concession For Family And General Skilled Migration Visa 2021
The Department of Home Affairs recently announced an updated COVID-19 Concession for Family and General Skilled Migration on 12 February 2021. The Department of Home Affairs has been commencing COVID-19 Concessions since 19 September 2020 for certain Australian visa holders impacted by the Pandemic.
The COVID-19 Concessions help Australian visa holders continue on their visa pathway, especially for you who have been disadvantaged by the border closures, business restrictions or the economic downturn. The COVID-19 Concession is an interim arrangement, so once the Pandemic situation gets better, the Concessions will no longer apply.
What are the COVID-19 Concessions for Family and General Skilled Migration?
Temporary COVID-19 Concession for Family Migration
Some visa subclasses in Family Migration require applicants to be outside Australia at the time of visa grant. The COVID-19 Travel restrictions affect visa applicants, especially visa applicants who have come to Australia and are unable to leave Australia. Due to the situation, the Department of Home Affairs implements COVID-19 Concession to ease the visa application process.
COVID-19 Concession for Partner and Child Visa
The Department of Home Affairs announced changes to come into effect on 27 February 2021 for some Partner and Child visas. The changes will allow offshore Partner and Child visa applicants to be granted the visa while the visa applicant is in Australia. Please note that this temporary Concession is for certain visa applicants in Australia and cannot travel offshore to be granted the visa due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The concessions will apply to eligible applicants for the following Partner and Child Visa subclasses:
- Child (subclass 101) visa
- Adoption (subclass 102) visa
- Dependent Child (subclass 445) visa
- Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa
- Partner (subclass 309) visa
COVID-19 Concession for Parent Visa
Another concession will also come into effect on 24 March 2021 for eligible Parent visa applicants. The concessions will allow Parent visa applicants to be granted the visa while in Australia. The Concession will apply to the following visa subclasses:
- Parent (subclass 103) visa
- Contributory Parent (subclass 173) visa
- Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa
The amendments will not impact the current processing time frames for Parent visa applications. The Department of Home Affairs will give the visa applicants additional time to travel safely or until the visa can be granted while the visa applicants are in Australia. The situation is applicable if they have been advised that they need to be outside Australia for the visa to be granted, but could not do so due to travel restrictions.
Temporary COVID-19 Concessions for General Skilled and Business Migration Program
The Department of Home Affairs also updated COVID-19 Concession for some General Skilled and Business Migration Visa subclasses. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, some General Skilled and Business Migration Program applicants have difficulties continuing their visa pathways outside Australia. The COVID-19 Concession is implemented in hope to ease the visa applicants.
COVID-19 Concessions for Temporary Graduate Visa
The COVID-19 Concessions for Temporary Graduate visa have been granted to all Temporary Graduate visa streams. The concessions allow the eligible visa applicants to lodge and be granted the visa while the visa applicants are outside Australia. The Concession is applicable for those impacted by the COVID-19 Travel Restriction and cannot enter Australia at the moment.
Please be noted that you must hold or have held a Student visa in the past 12 months to apply for the visa offshore.