COVID-19 Update on Student Visa, Temporary Visa, and Visitor Visa

COVID-19 Update on Student Visa, Temporary Visa, Visitor Visa, and Working Holiday Visa

Acting Immigration Minister started with a good note this weekend by stating that the increase rate of COVID-19 has dropped down to less than 10%. And decrease it even furthermore as a measure if the lockdown several Visa arrangements have been made.

Changes to visa arrangements:

🟢 Student Visa (subclass 500)

  • 1st year Student Visa holders are expected to support themselves

  • Students who are in Australia for more than 1 year will be allowed to access their superannuation. 


🟢 Temporary Visa Holders

  • Temporary Visa holders will have access to their superannuation

489/491 Visa holders

As for Temporary Visa holders, who are currently being sponsored by an Australian Company, if the case is such where the Business is struggling to put off with the lockdown measurements and had stood off and laid down employees, 2 distinct solutions have been provided for these 2 categories.

Stood Off / Hours Cut Off

If a sponsored visa holder has his hours cut off or being stood off, there Visa will remain valid.

Laid Off

For the sponsored Visa holders who are being laid off, the regular conditions imply, and they would have to find a new sponsor within 60 days of Termination otherwise, they would have to go back to their country.

🟢 Working Holiday Visa holders/ Visitor Visa Holders

  • The message is, if you can not support yourself in Australia, you are advised to go home.

  • Backpackers who are not following the Social distancing rule will be escorted out of the Country and their entry later to Australia will be jeopardized.

People who are following in critical industries may be eligible and encouraged to extend their visas. If their visa is expiring, they may be eligible to extend their visa for a further one year.

Critical Industries include:

  • Health

  • Aged care

  • Agriculture

  • Food Processing

  • Childcare

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