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COVID-19 Concessions For Skilled Regional Visa 887 Visa Applicants

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COVID-19 Concessions Regulations Changes For Skilled Regional Visa Subclass 887 Applicants

The COVID-19 Concessions for Visa 887 aims to guarantee that Skilled Regional (subclass 887) holders of visas are not disadvantaged by conditions beyond their control, including border closures, limitations placed on businesses and the general economic downturn associated with COVID-19.

What is Skilled Regional (Subclass 887) Visa?

Skilled Regional (subclass 887) Visa is a visa for people who have lived and worked in specified areas of regional Australia on a previous and eligible visa. 

This visa allows its holders to stay in Australia permanently. Prior to the COVID-19 Concessions, to get this visa the applicants must work as a full-time employee for at least 12 months and reside in a specified regional area in Australia for at least two years.

COVID-19 Updates Skilled Regional Visa 887 Changes

What Are The COVID-19 Concessions For Visa 887?

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, a lot of Visa 887 applicants face difficulties in completing the full-time work and regional residency requirements. 

These requirements of Visa 887 are that the holders have to live for at least two years in specified regional areas of Australia and to have worked full-time for at least 12 months. 

The Visa 887 applicants are also obliged to apply for Visa 887 in Australia and hold an eligible visa. However, some of the Visa 887 applicants lost their jobs and had to go back to their home country due to COVID-19 Pandemic, forcing them to not be able to meet those requirements. 

Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) Australia who notices the situation, implemented COVID-19 Concessions for Visa 887 applicants and it brings back their hope. 

The COVID-19 Concessions for eligible Skilled Regional (subclass 887) Visa applicants are available from the 19th of September 2020 and DoHA has not decided when the concession period will end. 

The COVID-19 Concessions provide a lot of convenience for Visa 887 applicants such as allowing them to apply for the visa from their home country during the concession period. However, the applicants still need to meet some other requirements before applying for Visa 887, such as:

1. COVID-19 Concessions Eligibility for 887 Visa Applicants outside of Australia

Applicants outside of Australia can apply for Visa 887 and will be granted Visa 887 from their home country during the concession period. Some evidence that the applicants must provide are:

  • Full-time work for 9 months in a specified regional area, (or, if the Minister specifies a shorter period in a legislative instrument, that shorter period), and
  • They are residing for 18 months in a specified regional area (or, if the Minister specifies a shorter period in a legislative instrument, that shorter period).

2. COVID-19 Concessions Eligibility For 887 Visa Applicants Inside Australia

Applicants in Australia, who lodge their Visa 887 application during the concession period or within three months after the concession period ends, must provide:

  • Evidence of 9 months of full-time work in a specified regional area, and
  • Evidence of 2 years of residence in a specified regional area. 

The summary of COVID-19 Concessions for Visa 887 applicants is:

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Location Employment concession (9 months) Residence Concession (18 months)
Lodgment in Australia Yes No
Lodgment outside of Australia Yes Yes

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Lodgment in Australia Employment concession (9 months): Yes
Residence Concession (18 months): No
Lodgment outside of Australia Employment concession (9 months): Yes
Residence Concession (18 months): Yes

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The COVID-19 Concessions affect Visa 887 Applicants and Visa 489 Holders

How Do The COVID-19 Concessions Affect Visa 887 Applicants And Visa 489 Holders?

The COVID-19 Concessions brings many advantages for Visa 887 applicants as it provides flexibility for them who are affected by COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Along with the COVID-19 Concessions, Visa 887 applicants do not need to wait in the times of uncertainties because they can apply for the visa from their home country and be granted the visa when they are not in Australia. 

Moreover, the COVID-19 Concessions also reduce the requirement of full-time work and residence requirement in specified regional areas, so the 887 Visa applicants who have lost their jobs and had to go back to their home country can apply for the Visa.

The COVID-19 Concessions will benefit Visa 489 holders, since Visa 887 is their pathway to permanent residency. Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, many Visa 489 holders cannot enter Australia due to travel restrictions. 

Thanks to COVID-19 Concessions, now they can submit their application for permanent residency through Visa 887 from outside of Australia. 

What Is The Purpose Of COVID-19 Concessions 887 Skilled Regional Visa?

The COVID-19 Concessions is provided to help Skilled Visa holders, who are on a pathway to permanent residence with a provisional visa, maintain their chance and eligibility for Visa 887. The Department of Home Affairs Australia realizes that the current situation is outside the Skilled Visa holders’ control, so it will be unfair for them if they lose their chance and eligibility for a permanent residency due to the pandemic.

Let’s Get Your 887 Skilled Regional Visa Chance Back!

The COVID-19 Concessions for Visa 887 can bring your hope back to be a permanent resident in Australia. We are sure that you do not want to lose this chance, so ONE derland Consulting is here to help you delightedly!

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