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What You Need To Know About COVID-19 subclass 408 Visa

The Australian government introduced some flexible and temporary visa arrangements to support Australia’s public health measures which include the Temporary Activity (subclass 408) Australian Government Endorsed Event (AGEE) stream visa (COVID-19 Pandemic event).

However, it is important to note that the duration of this visa is tagged to the COVID-19 pandemic event. So while it can be granted for up to 4 years, it is unlikely that it is actually granted for 4 years.

Are you eligible for the subclass 408 visa?

  • You may be able to apply for this visa if,

  • You in Australia are unable to depart Australia due to COVID-19, and

  • Have 28 days or less remaining on their current visa or where their last temporary visa has expired less than 28 days ago, and

  • Are not eligible for any other visa (in addition to the one you already hold).

If you believe you are, you must be able to:

  • Show proof of ability to support themselves and dependents (bank accounts or employment contract);

  • Show Health insurance;

  • Be genuine temporary entrants (visa history will be taken into account);

  • Meet health and character requirements;

  • Prove that you do not have debts to the Government;

  • Demonstrate that you do not have previous refusal and cancellations.

Remember, the subclass 408 visa is dependent on the pandemic event. As we do not know how long the government will continue to "endorse" the COVID 19 pandemic - if you believe you are eligible for another visa with a set and defined period, I advise you to consider the alternative instead. Book a consultation to compare and discuss your visa pathways.

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