Agriculture, child care, disability care, food processing and health care sectors

Changes have been introduced on who can be given a Subclass 408 – Temporary Operation visa under the Australian Government Endorsed Case, otherwise known as the COVID-19 Pandemic event, as the job of suppressing the coronavirus pandemic proceeds with limited international boundary movements, to insure vital industries that depend on temporary staff are not affected.

The amending instrument, which went into effect yesterday and will refer to all pending applicants, adds those who cannot fulfill the criteria for any other substantive visa but are working, or have an offer of employment, in the agricultural, child care, disability care, food manufacturing, or health care sectors.

Those with a Subclass 403 – Temporary Job (International Relations) visa in the Seasonal Worker Program stream, or who had a 403 visa that expired no more than 28 days before applying, can also apply for a 408 visa; however, they must be working or have an offer of employment in the agriculture sector from an authorised employer under the Seasonal Worker Program.

People who fall into either group will apply when their temporary substantive visa expires in less than 90 days. This is up from 28 days ago. They must apply within 28 days of the expiration of their substantive visa if they do not have one. Importantly, they cannot apply if they do not have a substantive visa and have had a visa denied or revoked since their last visit to Australia.

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