Changes for Visa 408 are in Place as Part of Australian Economic Recovery
The Australian Government announced some changes for Visa 408, in particular the Covid-19 Pandemic Event Visa settings to support the Australian economic recovery. The changes are made in the hope that the temporary visa holders in Australia can participate in the recovery as Australian labour.
What are the changes?
Previous Arrangement for Visa 408 – Covid-19 Pandemic Event Visa
Visa 408 – Covid-19 Pandemic Event Visa was previously put in place to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in most Australian temporary visa holders to remain in Australia as they could not leave the country and with many who did not have other visa options to stay lawfully in Australia. Visa 408 is also in place to support Australia’s critical sectors, such as health care, child care, aged care, etc.
Visa 408 allows the holders to stay and work lawfully in Australia on the critical sectors below:
- Food processing
- Health care
- Aged care
- Disability care
- Child care, and
- Tourism and hospitality.
Read more: Pandemic Event Visa 408 Onshore Application
Visa 408 Setting Changes for Onshore Temporary Visa Holder
To support the Australian economic recovery, the Australian Government decided to change Visa 408 settings. Generally, the changes allow the temporary visa holders with work rights to access Visa 408 for up to 12 additional months if working or intending to work in a key sector or 6 months if working or intending to work in any other sector.
This means that if you are currently in Australia and holding a temporary visa with work rights, you may be eligible to access Visa 408, even though you are not working in the critical sectors.
You may be able to apply for the visa for up to 90 days before your visa expires. If you are granted Visa 408, the following condition will apply to you:
- If you are granted a Visa 408 and are not working in the critical sectors, you may remain in Australia for up to 6 months.
- If you are granted a Visa 408 and work in the critical sectors, you may remain in Australia for up to 12 months.
Who is Eligible for the New Visa 408 Changes?
The new changes mentioned above are only available to the temporary visa holders who:
- Were in Australia before 21 February 2022, or
- Arrive in Australia after 21 February 2022 on a visa with work rights or have a job offer from the Commonwealth-funded aged care at the time of application.
What does it mean to you?
It is excellent news for you who are in Australia holding a visa with work rights! Now you have a chance to access Visa 408 even though you are not working in the critical sector, and you may remain for up to 6 months in Australia!
Are you eligible for the changes?
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