The End of Pandemic Event Visa: What You Need to Know!!

By |2023-12-04T11:11:12+00:00December 4th, 2023|0 Comments

The Australian Government confirmed the closure of the Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) Pandemic Event visa, originally introduced in April 2020 to accommodate temporary visa holders during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 2 September 2023, the Pandemic Event visa will only be available to individuals who already hold this visa, and they may apply for a subsequent visa until the program closes on 1 February 2024. This decision aligns with the reopening of Australia’s borders and the return of temporary visa holder numbers to pre-COVID-19 levels.

Key Points to Note:

  • Existing Pandemic Event Visa Holders:

The closure announcement does not alter the expiry date of existing Pandemic Event visa holders.

These visa holders may be eligible for a subsequent visa for up to 6 months until February 1, 2024, provided their current visa is expiring within 28 days or less, and they have a job or job offer in Australia. Applications made on or after 2 September 2023, will receive a visa stay period of up to 6 months. Visa applications from this point onwards will incur a Visa Application Charge (VAC) of AUD405, with additional charges for family members included in the application.

  • New Applications and Eligibility Criteria:

From 2 September 2023, Pandemic Event visa holders are eligible for a further visa only if their current visa is expiring within 28 days or less, and they have a job or job offer in Australia. Employers are responsible for ensuring their workers hold a valid visa with work rights to avoid penalties.

  • Implications for Employers:

Employers of Pandemic Event visa holders should communicate with their employees to understand their visa status and plans. It is crucial for employers to confirm that their workers have the appropriate visa to work in Australia, or they risk facing significant penalties.

  • Exploring Other Visa Options:

Temporary visa holders who are no longer eligible for the Pandemic Event visa should explore alternative visa options to remain in Australia. A reputable migration agency like ACEcelent Education & Migration will be able to help you weigh your options and assist you to apply for the most appropriate visa.

The closure of the Pandemic Event visa aligns with Australia’s transition back to a regular migration system and signifies the return to pre-pandemic norms for temporary migrants. It is essential for affected individuals and employers to be aware of these changes and take appropriate actions to comply with the updated regulations.

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