Subclass 408: (COVID-19 Pandemic Event)
Subclass 408 visa
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Australia’s government has introduced flexible temporary visa arrangements that are in line with the country’s health precautions.
To deal with the unexpected circumstances that have occurred as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408) Australian Government Endorsed Event (AGEE) stream visa (COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa) was introduced last year.
This visa will be discontinued once the pandemic ends.
Additionally, this visa allows foreign nationals with temporary visa status to continue living in Australia because of the Covid-19 situation in their home country.
The visa does not require sponsorship or endorsement. Applicants do not require written permission to apply for a COVID-19 Pandemic Visa. The 408 Pandemic Visa does not charge a visa fee.
The visa can be applied by:
- Individuals living in Australia.
- Individuals who are unable to depart Australia before the expiry of their visas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
- People onshore who have 90 days or less of validity left on their current visa or whose visas have expired in the last 28 days.
- Those who are ineligible for any other visa based on their intended activities.
- Those who can provide proof from their employer that they are working in a critical sector and an Australian citizen or permanent resident cannot fill the position.
- Individuals covering for workforce shortages in areas such as agriculture, public health and care for the aged
The requirements to obtain a 408 visa under the COVID-19 pandemic stream are:
- You either:
- Hold a temporary visa which is expiring in 28 days or less
- Do not hold any visa and your temporary visa expired 28 days ago or less
- You are in Australia and are unable to leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic and must have adequate health insurance to cover the duration of your stay
- You are not able to apply for any other Australian visa
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What is a critical sector?
Critical sector is a broad term referring to a number of industries which are in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The critical sectors include:
- Food processing
- Health care
- Aged care
- Disability care
It is expected that the definition of critical sectors will continue to change as priorities develop.
Should I provide an explanation as to why I am applying for this Visa?
Yes, you must satisfy the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement. Our Registered Migration Agents will be assisting in providing a satisfactory explanation for your application.
Can I apply for this Visa if I have a prior visa refusal or have no substantive visa?
Those who do not hold a substantive visa and have had a recent refusal or cancellation (that is, those affected by section 48 of the Migration Act) will not be able to apply for this visa.
What if I have a ‘No Further Stay’ condition on my current visa?
If your current visa is affected by a no further stay condition 8503, 8534 or 8535, you will need to request a waiver of this in order to apply for this visa.
How long is the Visa valid?
You could be granted a visa that allows you to remain in Australia for up to 12 months if you apply for the visa because you work in a critical sector. This also refers to those who have worked in a critical sector while in Australia under the Seasonal Worker Program or the Pacific Labour Scheme.
However, individuals applying for the visa as a last resort will be given permission to stay in Australia for six months in order to ensure that they remain legally in the country while unable to return home.
Can I work in Australia on this Visa?
If your current visa is expiring soon or it has already expired in the last 28 days, and you do not have any other visa options but are unable to leave Australia due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for the 408 Visa. In this case you may not get work rights.
How much do I have to pay for the Covid-19 Pandemic Event Visa?
You will not be charged a fee to apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Visa, nor will you be charged a fee for any subsequent temporary application. But you will have to pay for health checks, police certificates, and biometrics.
I don't work in a critical sector; can I still apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa?
Yes, you can still apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Event Visa, but only if you have no other visa option.
Should I produce a letter of endorsement to apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic event visa?
If you apply for a visa to work or continue to work in a critical sector (such as agriculture, food processing, health care, elderly care, disability care or childcare) you must provide proof of your ongoing work which includes:
- Period of employment
Confirmation of the critical sector that you will be working in