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End of the COVID-19 Pandemic Event (Subclass 408) visa

By 31 August, 2023October 16th, 20232 Comments2 min read

End of COVID visa

On 31 August 2023, the Australian government announced changes to the COVID-19 Pandemic Event stream (Subclass 408) (pandemic event) visa. Specifically:

  1. From 2 September 2023, the pandemic event visa will only be open to applications from existing visa holders. Additionally, new applications will receive a six month visa. A visa application charge of $405 AUD will also be introduced, where previously it has been nil.
  2. From February 2024, the pandemic event visa will be closed to all applicants.

What happens to people who current hold pandemic event visas?

Anyone with a valid pandemic event visa will retain this visa, including rights and obligations, until it expires.

People who currently hold a pandemic event visa will need to consider a different visa prior to their visa expiry, or are expected to depart Australia before this date. A range of different visa options in Australia are listed here. As these visas have generally required an offer of employment, it may be worth speaking to your employer about Australia’s employer sponsored visas (see here).

Any questions?

To consider alternative visa options to remain in Australia, feel free to contact us by email at [email protected] or phone (03) 9016 0484 for information regarding how we can asist.

This document does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Please consult an immigration professional for up to date information.
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Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Shankar Neupane says:

    I have got my Covid -19 visa extended for another six month. Visa grant date: 30April 2024 and expires on 30th of October 2024.
    I went overseas and got married during the Bridging visa and updated my marriage status to the immigration.
    I am not sure if my wife I can apply for subsequent visa or not as End of the COVID-19 Pandemic Event (Subclass 408) visa on or after 1 February.
    It would be really helpful if you could advise.
    Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Shankar,
      In general, members of the family unit should still be able to make a subsequent applicants now apply online via the Immmi Account as the visa subclass is still in existence.
      Feel free to contact us at [email protected] to discuss this further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

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