From 3 April 2020, temporary visa holders will have an additional pathway to remain in Australia under the Temporary Activity visa subclass 408 – specifically, you will be able to apply and be granted the 408 visa “if”:
- you are in Australia; and
- you are unable to depart Australia due to the current pandemic; and
- you hold a visa that would expire within the next 28 days or your visa has already expired in the last 28 days; and
- you are unable to make a valid visa application for any other temporary visa.
Usually for the subclass 408 visa you need an endorsement letter from an eligible sponsor, however, if you apply in respect of the COVID-19 event you do not need to be endorsed in writing.
Once granted, this visa will allow you to stay in Australia for the duration of the pandemic.
If you would like more information or require assistance to obtain this visa, please contact our migration agent, Minh Huynh, on 02 9635 7966.