The Australian Government announced changes to some of Australia’s temporary visa programs on 2 March 2022:Created Date - 2022-03-25 16:41:37
Some changes for Skilled-recognized Graduate (Subclass 476) visa holders
The Skilled-Recognised Graduate (Subclass 476) This visa allows recent engineering graduates to study, work and live in Australia. Eligible 476 visa holders who lost time in Australia as a result of COVID-19 pandemic international border restrictions will have their visas extended for a period of 24 months.
The Visa extension is expected to take effect in April 2022, and eligible visa holders will be notified directly by the Immigration Department of the extension of their visa and may visit Australia after this occurs. It will also apply to people whose visas have already expired, providing they were unable to use the full duration of their original visa due to COVID-19 pandemic international travel guideline restrictions.
For Training (Subclass 407) visa holders
The Australian Government is temporarily removing the limit on secondary Training (subclass 407) visa holders’ working hours across all sectors of the economy. These changes took effect immediately for existing and new secondary Training visa holders & will be reviewed in April 2022.
For Access to the COVID-19 Pandemic Event (Subclass 408) visas
As per the Australian Government, Temporary visa holders with work rights will be able to access the COVID-19 Pandemic Event (Subclass 408) visa incurring no Visa Application Charge if they work in any sector of the Australian economy for a period of 6 or 12 months.
In Australia, Temporary visa holders working in, or planning to work in, any sector of the Australian economy will be able to apply for the Pandemic Event visa up to 90 days before their current visa expires. They will be able to remain in Australia for:
The new process will only be available for Pandemic Event visa applications made on or after 21 February 2022 by:
For more information, please contact Bansal Immigration Consultants.
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