In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Australian government added Coronavirus clauses to the existing event-based 408 visa. This is to ensure that people stuck in Australia, unable to return to their home, can legally stay until they are able to return home. Additionally, this visa allows you to work in an essential industry during the pandemic.
Is this visa right for you?
This visa is for people who:
- Are stuck in Australia with no other visa options
- Are choosing to remain in Australia to help in essential services such as healthcare, aged care, childcare and agriculture
- Your current visa type is expiring (in next 28 days’ time or expired in last 28 days’ time) and you no longer fit that criteria
It is a temporary visa for the duration of the pandemic. The visa starts the day that it is granted.
The step by step process to apply for a 408 visa
Because this process is being expedited and is a very timeframe and situation-specific, the steps are very simple.
- Get all your documentation together. Make sure that everything is accurate and up to date.
- Apply for the visa via ImmiAccount. Note down the TRN – Transaction Reference Number.
- Await your outcome.
Cost of Coronavirus visa 408
If you applying for this 408 visa due to being unable to leave Australia, there is no cost. There is no application charge for those international students stuck in Aus due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Because the visa conditions are new, there are no processing times available. However, it’s expected to have a fast turnaround due to the nature of the visa.
How long is the visa valid for?
This visa cannot be renewed once it’s expired. It is valid for the duration of the Coronavirus event, and once you can arrange flights home the visa will end.
This visa has very flexible, variable rules depending on the situation. As a result, there are very few visa conditions that apply to all visitors.
- You and anyone else travelling with you must comply with all the visa conditions and Australian laws
- You must comply with all public health directives to remain safe and help fights COVID-19
- If you have been given visa restrictions, such as working or not working, limited work hours or limited employer options, you must comply with this too.
As this visa is a flexible type, there are a range of documents that may be required. It depends if you are applying for work, or just to keep you legal in Australia until you are able to leave.
- You must show proof of continued health insurance cover
- Identity documentation for you and all family members
- Character documents
- English ability documents
- Documents for all dependents
- If you are employed, you will need to provide all relevant proof, such as offer letter
This is a visa if you have no other options
If you are stuck in Australia, with no other real options, than visa 408 is the option for you. Ensure you apply before your existing visa expires.