408 Covid-19 Pandemic Visa

Eligibility requirements:

- an applicant must be in Australia

- an applicant must not be a holder of a permanent visa, 403 visa in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream, 771 visa or a special purpose visa.

- if an applicant does not hold a substantive visa, the last substantive visa must not have been one of the above

- the application must not be made later than 28 days after the last substantive visa ceased

- the applicant has not engaged in conduct, in relation to the primary application or the combined application, that constitutes a contravention of subsection 245AS(1) of the Act

- the application should not have  adverse consequences for employment or training opportunities, or conditions of employment, for Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents

- an applicant must have health insurance

- an aplicant has an intention to stay temporarily in Australia

- an applicant has or has access to adequate funds during the intended periodof stay

- an applicant meets health and character requirements

- an applicant  seeks to enter or remain in Australia to undertake work directly associated with Covid-19 Pandemic event

- an applicant is in a class of specified persons:


Scenario Class of persons Visa Validity
Last Resort Visa

- unable to depart as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic
- current substantive visa has 90 days or less to expire
- unable to successfully apply for another substantive visa

around 3 months
Supported by provider of a Commonwealth‑funded aged care service - unable to depart as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic
- holding a visa prohibiting the holder from working in Australia OR
- current substantive visa has 90 days or less to expire
- in receipt of an offer of employment from a provider of a Commonwealth‑funded aged care service to undertake work in the aged care sector.
up to 12 months
 Critical sector employment

- current substantive visa has 90 days or less to expire
- is employed by, or in receipt of an offer of employment from, an employer in the (i) aged care sector; or (ii) agriculture sector; or (iii) child care sector; or (iv) disability care sector; or (v) food processing sector; or (vi) health care sector; or (vii)  tourism and hospitality sector*
- unable to successfully apply for another substantive visa
- additional requirements apply to holders of 403 (Temporary Work (International Relations)) visa in the Seasonal Worker Program stream (the applicant must, in relation to employment in the agriculture sector, be employed by, or in receipt of an offer of employment from, an approved employer under the Seasonal Worker Programme)

 up to 12 months


Visa application charge: $0

* an employer in the ‘tourism and hospitality sector’ is intended to be defined with reference to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) system under the Division of Accommodation and Food Services (https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/06B24F275BAA2A68CA257B9500133C20?opendocument). This will also include work for employers whose primary purpose is to directly provide a service to tourists, when their activities are not listed in the Division of Accommodation and Food Services under the ANZSIC system


Please contact us for assistance with 408 Covid-19 Pandemic visa: http://visa.ozhome.info/contact-us

PLEASE NOTE: All information valid as at 14/5/2021. Last updated on 14/5/2021. OZ HOME MIGRATION does not guarantee all information is correct and professional advice should be sought in relation to the above information.

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