Pandemic visa options have been detailed by the Australian Government.If your Aussie temporary visa will expire soon and flights to your home country are no longer available and you can’t get home, there are some options.
The Australian Government has recognised that this is an issue for a great many temporary visa holders and that this situation may continue for months before flights are restored.
Pandemic visa allows applicants to:
- remain in Australia if they have no other visa options and are unable to depart Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
- remain in Australia to assist in critical sectors including healthcare, disability and aged care, childcare and agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who can apply?
The COVID-19 Pandemic visa is only available to applicants who are onshore and have 28 days or less on their current visa or where their last substantive visa has expired up to 28 days previously.’
You must be in Australia to be granted this visa.
The visa is also available to working holidaymakers who are working in critical sectors and who are not eligible for a further working holiday visa. Critical sectors include health, aged and disability care, agriculture and food processing and child care.
Other temporary visa holders who are in Australia, and whose visa is about to cease but can’t return home or apply for another visa, can apply for the COVID-19 visa as a last resort to ensure they remain lawful.
Immigration will consider each application on a case-by-case basis.
If you are one of those many visa holders affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic and need advice, assistance or other professional help, please email [email protected]
or txt/call 0408955770