COVID-19: Immigration

Many people are in Australia on a visa. Most people who migrate to Australia hold either a permanent or a temporary visa such as a visitor, work or partner visa. COVID-19 may be affecting people who are currently in Australia on a visa. 

The Australian Government has made an announcement that those who hold a Temporary Visa but do not have access to Centrelink, Medicare and similar services may be eligible for assistance from the Red Cross. Assistance from the Red Cross will include food, medicine and crisis accommodation costs. Funding is to assist those who:

  • are in Australia on a Temporary Visa;
  • are in urgent financial hardship;
  • have no income, savings or other financial support (this includes support from family overseas). 

Eligible visa holders are encouraged to make contact with the Red Cross

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Reviewed: 16 November 2020


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