Vide the Migration (LIN 20/122: COVID-19 Pandemic event for Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) visa and visa application charge for Temporary Activity (Class GG) visa) Instrument 2020 dated 3 April 2020, the Australian Government has added COVID-19 Pandemic as a new event for the Government Endorsed Event stream under the standard Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408) program as the “visa of last resort”.
We will be happy to assist clients if they need to apply for this to maintain their lawful status.
The Department of Home Affairs has updated the online form for lodging an application for the COVID-19 Pandemic visa and accordingly, visa applicants who are not working in critical sectors will not be required to provide employment details. Only the applicants working in critical sectors must attach evidence of employment in their visa applications.
The Department has also released related FAQs for the visa applicants which, interalia, provides that COVID-19 Pandemic visa may be valid for up-to 12 months.