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March 7, 2022

Covid-19 Visa (subclass 408): Everything you need to know

In response to Covid-19 Pandemic, the Australian Government introduced the subclass 408 visa in May 2021.

With this visa, temporary visa holders were able to stay in Australia while working in critical sectors for up to 12 months.

  1. Agriculture
  2. Food processing
  3. Health care
  4. Aged care
  5. Disability care
  6. Childcare
  7. Hospitality and tourism


However,  we have got some good news: The Government has removed sector limitations, yet there are certain conditions. Let’s dive in, one by one:

  1. Temporary visa holders with work rights will be able to access the COVID-19 Pandemic Event (Subclass 408) visa for a period of 6 or 12 months if they work in any sector of the Australian economy.
  2. The new arrangements will only be available for Pandemic Event visa applications made on or after 21 February 2022 by:
    • Temporary visa holders who were in Australia before 21 February 2022.
    • Temporary visa holders who arrive in Australia after 21 February 2022 and have work rights or a job offer from a Commonwealth-funded aged care service at the time of application.

3.  Temporary visa holders working in, or intending to work in, any sector of the Australian economy will be able to apply up to 90 days before their existing visa expires and then remain in     Australia for up to 12 additional months if working in any of the critical sectors.


“The Government is committed to supporting Australian jobs, supporting Australian industries and continually adjusting our migration settings to ensure that support hits the mark,” Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke, said.


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