The instrument that enables any temporary visa holder in Australia who cannot leave Australia as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and who is unable to make a valid application or meet the requirements for any other visa to apply for a Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa was registered a few days ago.
The class of person who can be considered for this visa must be in Australia and unable to depart Australia as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is either the holder of a temporary visa that is less than 28 days from expiring or was the holder of a temporary visa that expired not more than 28 days before they lodge their 408 visa application.
Temporary Work visa holders including working holiday makers employed in critical sectors who have not completed the 3 or 6 months of specified work required to apply for a second or third Working Holiday Maker visa, and are unable to leave Australia, may be eligible for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408 Australian Government Endorsed Event (AGEE) stream) visa. This visa will allow working holiday makers to remain lawfully in Australia, and continue working, if they wish to do so, until they can return to their home country.
Importantly, visa applicants must be unable to make a visa application for the same subclass of visa they hold or last held; or a temporary visa of any other subclass other than a Subclass 408 visa. Effectively, this requirement means that a 408 visa is the visa of last resort for anyone who cannot leave Australia and cannot meet the requirements for any other visa.
This Visa responds to workforce shortages in critical sectors such as agriculture, aged care, child care and public health. This is relevant to working holiday makers (Subclass 417- Working Holiday visa and Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday visa holders) who cannot meet the requirements for a further working holiday visa. Current advice from the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) also states that a 408 visa may be appropriate for any temporary visa holders working in these sectors. This includes Student visa and Employer sponsored (Subclass 457 and Subclass 482) visa holders.
Australian Government endorsed events
This temporary visa lets you come to Australia to participate in events which are endorsed by the Australian Government.
For the duration of the event
COVID-19 Pandemic visa: Free
Processing times are not available for this visa.