The Australian Government is granting more flexibility to temporary visa holder to work more hours in order to support the local agriculture industry as they are struggling to form more workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. David Liitleproud, the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management highlighted that this change will provide more working hours to students visa holders who usually can only work 40 hours per fortnight during their study period, which mean now they can work more than the limit if they are working in the agriculture sector.
“Many regions are expecting bumper crops this year, but with COVID-19 travel restrictions, the low movement of the international traffic, there still are not enough of worker supply available.”
Minister Littleproud mentioned.
“These TR holders are currently in Australia, they might left with no option but just to stay here or they might do not want to go back. So it is also easier for the temporary residents in Australia to apply for COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa, if they willing to work in the agriculture industry.” Added by Minister Alex Hawke, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migration services and Multicultural Affairs.
With over 5,600 COVID-19 visa granted to support Australian farmers since April 2020, TR holders now can apply for the COVID-19 visa 90 days before their current visa expired and they do not need to show their intention of leaving Australia later.
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