9 Apr 2020

New COVID-19 Visa Stream Announced

The Government has created a new COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa Stream for essential workers to lawfully remain in Australia. 

To apply for the new Visa Stream a person must:  

-Have either 28 days or less remaining on their current Temporary Visa, or previously held a visa that expired/ceased no more than 28 days ago;

-Be unable to apply for another Temporary Visa.

The new visa stream will be available under the Subclass 408 Temporary Activities Visa and changes have taken effect from Sunday 5 April. 

Applicants must be suitably skilled in critical sectors including healthcare, disability and aged care, childcare and agriculture, and wish to stay in Australia to work in these areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are here to support you

To find out if you are eligible to apply for the new COVID-19 Visa Stream, or other visa options to extend your stay in Australia, you may wish to seek professional advice.

This is especially the case given that the Government is now encouraging many Temporary Visa holders to consider returning home.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Registered Migration Agents at or +61 8 6263 4406.


Immigracious’ Registered Migration Agents
Migration Institute of Australia
Migration Legislative Instrument

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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