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. 

There are different rules for different visas.

The federal (or national) government in March 2022 announced changes to the COVID-19 Pandemic event (subclass 408) visa (Pandemic event visa). These changes will not affect undecided Pandemic event visa applications made before 21 February 2022. This temporary visa lets you stay in Australia to work if you are employed or have an offer of employment in a key sector or any other sector of the economy.  Find out more information including about the key sectors at the Department of Home Affairs website.  

Also, Eligible Skilled-Recognised Graduate (Subclass 476) visa holders who lost time in Australia as a result of COVID-19 international border restrictions will have their visas extended for 24 months. The federal government has said this is likely to happen from April 2022 until April 2024. For more COVID-19 visa information go to the Department of Home Affairs website.   


Reviewed: 23 March 2022


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