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Closure of the 408 Covid visa

The Australian Government has announced it is closing the Temporary Activity visa 408 Covid Pandemic Event visa.

Summary:

  • From 2 September 2023, the Pandemic Event visa will only be open to applications from existing Pandemic Event visa holders.
  • Pandemic Event visa holders will be able to apply for a subsequent visa after 2 September 2023 until the visa is fully closed by February 2024.
  • All other visa holders will be ineligible for the Pandemic Event visa from 2 September 2023.

From February 2024, the visa will be closed to all applicants. This will provide certainty to our visa system now that the circumstances that drove the operation of the visa no longer exist.

From 2 September 2023, the Pandemic Event visa will only be open to applications from existing Pandemic Event visa holders.

All other visa holders will be ineligible for the Pandemic Event visa. This is a transitional measure to promote visa integrity.

Anyone with a valid Pandemic Event visa will remain lawful until their current visa expires.

The staged closure of the visa is another measure to ensure the visa system is serving the needs of the Australian people.

DHA recently ended a series of pandemic measures, including unlimited work hours for international students and work exemptions for Working Holiday visa holders.

These measures combined place downward pressure on Net Overseas Migration, which continues to rebound post-pandemic, and will help support the return to pre-pandemic levels of population growth.

From 2 September 2023, new applications will receive a six month visa. A Visa Application Charge of $405 AUD will also be introduced.

These settings will further ensure that the visa is only used by those who have a genuine need to remain and contribute to Australia.

People who currently hold a Pandemic Event visa and seek to apply for a different visa will need to meet the criteria for that visa.

Those without any options for other visa applications are recommended to book an appointment to discuss their visa options.

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