Not too long ago, I shared the news about the Department not cancelling the visa SC408 COVID stream, as we read about new rules in an urgent letter just one day before it took effect.
Let’s summarize what we have for today:
Why Is the COVID Visa Closing?
The Pandemic Event visa was introduced in April 2020 to enable temporary migrants to lawfully remain in Australia while the border was closed. It also addressed labour shortages in critical sectors in the local economy. Today, Australia’s borders are open, and all temporary visas have been restored, so the COVID visa is no longer needed.
The cancellation of the COVID visa is expected to strengthen the visa system, making it more transparent, and providing better protection for temporary workers. For example, employers will no longer be able to avoid sponsorship obligations, and international students will remain enrolled in the courses upon arrival.
Our Advice for Subclass 408 Visa Holders Wishing to Stay in Australia:
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