The Department of Home Affairs has included the COVID-19 pandemic event in the Australian Government endorsed event under the 408 Temporary Activity visa by virtue of a legislative instrument on 3 April 2020 which relates to persons who are:
- was the holder of a temporary visa that ceased to be in effect not more than 28 days before the application for the 408 visa; and
The Department in its explanatory statement explained that the purpose of this new event is to implement a measure to respond to critical workforce shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to areas including, but not limited to, agriculture, aged care and public health.
It is designed to allow temporary visa holders who are engaged in, or have the relevant skills, to undertake critical work relating to supply of essential goods and services, provided the applicant falls within the class of persons specified above.
Please contact us for further information/advice if you think you might be eligible to apply for the 408 visa.
1. Working holiday makers
If you have any queries regarding the above or otherwise, please contact us for further advice.
The Department of Home Affairs has on the weekend announced concessions relevant to visa holders currently in Australia as follows:
Visa holders stood down
Visa holders laid off
If you have any queries, or require any advice, please contact us.
Effective from 12pm on 25 March 2020, in order to protect the health of the Australian citizens and permanent residents, they are precluded from travelling outside Australia unless they fall within the exemptions referred to below.
An Australian who fails to comply with the travel ban may commit a criminal offence and be:
If you believe an exemption applies to your Australian employee, please contact us for advice and confirmation.
Current travel ban
From 9pm 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens and permanent residents, New Zealand citizens who are usual residents in Australia and their immediate family members CAN travel to Australia.
Temporary visa holders in Australia
Under the current immigration policy:
Employers should be aware that there are other options available to their sponsored 457/TSS employees to remain in Australia and gain permanent residency subject to eligibility:
Temporary visa holders outside Australia
Any temporary visa holder (including 457/TSS visa holder) who is currently outside Australia will not be permitted to enter into Australia, UNLESS:
Please contact us for a merits and eligibility assessment in relation to your visa holders currently insider or outside Australia.
We can also advise you on updated travel ban or restrictions, and on compliance issues such as sponsor obligations under the COVID-19 situation and other associated matters.