Subclass 408 COVID-19 Stream – Pandemic Event
The Department of Home Affairs released a new legislative instrument to accommodate a class of persons who are:
- In Australia; and
- Unable to depart Australia as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
- Either the holders of a temporary visa that is 28 days or less from ceasing to be in effect, or were the holders of temporary visas that ceased to be in effect not more than 28 days before the application for a Subclass 408 visa is made; and
- Unable to make a valid application, or meet the Schedule 2 criteria for a temporary visa of any other Subclass other than a Subclass 408 visa.
It is often referred to as the COVID-19 Pandemic event visa. The usual application fee of $310 is waived.
Alternatively, people who satisfy the above criteria may also consider applying for Visitor (Subclass 600) visas.
For the original source of the legislative instrument, please refer to https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2020L00409