On the 3rd of April 2020, a new stream for the Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity Visa) was announced following the circumstances brought about by COVID-19.
Typically, Subclass 408 is a visa used for specific types of work on a short-term, temporary basis. Examples of such work include sporting, entertainment or religious activities, to name a few.
The new COVID-19 stream is being implemented to provide a pathway for temporary visa holders who do not have any other visa option to remain lawfully onshore. Normally they would be required to leave Australia, however the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption globally, and temporary visa holders are unable to depart as usual.
You also must be part of the response to workforce shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to areas including, but not limited to, agriculture, aged care and public health.
These requirements allow holders of temporary visas with relevant skills to undertake critical work relating to the supply of essential goods and services.
In order to apply for a subclass 408 - COVID-19 stream you must:
· Hold a visa that is 28 days or less from ceasing to be in effect
· Or, held a visa that is no more than 28 days from ceasing to be in effect
· And, are unable to apply for the same temporary visa they hold or held or any other subclass of temporary visa other than the Subclass 408 visa
This new visa stream will ensure Australia has the skilled workers that it needs, and they are able to remain onshore lawfully. This will ultimately benefit all of us in the fight against COVID-19.
This visa stream came into effect on the 4th of April 2020.
If you have any questions or require immigration assistance, contact Visa Solutions Australia today. We’ve helped countless people remain lawful in Australia, which is critical in a time like this. Find out how we can help and call us today on 1800 828 008.