• Charlene Tan

Should I Apply for the COVID-19 visa?

It's been about a year since the Australian government first rolled out the COVID-19 subclass 408 visa stream. Several things have changed since then including length of the visa and eligibility requirements. This post provides a summary of changes, employment in sectors that can enjoy up to 12 months visa duration and what happens when you switch employers?


What are the critical sectors that will get 12-months visa duration under this visa?

  • Agriculture

  • Food processing

  • Health care

  • Aged care

  • Disability care

  • Child care

  • Tourism and hospitality

What documents do I need to show that I have employment in the critical sectors?


Applicants working in a critical sector must:

  • Have evidence from an employer of your employment or an offer of employment and that an Australian citizen or permanent resident cannot fill the position

  • Hold a substantive visa that expires in 90 days or less, or your last substantive visa expired 28 days or less ago

If I don’t work in a critical sector can I still apply for this visa?


Yes you can still appy for this visa if you do not work in a critical sector. You must provide evidence of employment and should expect a visa duration of up to 3 months.


For clarity on your initial visa pathways, submit a free online assessment


How do I know if I’m eligible for this visa?


You can apply for this visa if,

  • Your substantive visa expires in 90 days or your last substantive visa expired 28 days or less ago.

  • You are employed in the critical sector or have employment in a non-critical sector. In the latter case, visa duration will vary.

  • You are not eligible for other visas to remain lawful in Australia while making plans to depart.


How much will this visa cost?

NIL cost in current pandemic circumstances


Can I switch employers after visa grant?

Yes you can, you will have to update the Department of Home Affairs when you do.


How long is processing time?

Processing times are not available for this visa but is generally taking betweem 3 to 6 months at current time.


Still unsure? Feel free to book in a consultation for detailed advise and steps!



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