The COVID-19 pandemic event visa – subclass 408 allows you to remain in Australia
If you are a visitor to Australia and cannot support yourself, you should make arrangements to return home.
The COVID-19 pandemic event visa is granted for up to 12 months if you work in a critical sector. However, if you are not working in critical sectors, the visa will be granted for up to 3 months only.
There is no Visa Application Charge for the COVID-19 Pandemic event visa application. The applicant must select ‘yes’ to the ‘visa application charge concession question’ and then select the ‘Nil VAC’ option in the application. However, you may incur additional charges for health checks and police certificates.
To be able to apply for this visa, you must meet the following criteria:
Applicants working in the critical sectors mentioned must:
Applicants who plan to leave Australia but are delayed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions must:
Due to COVID-19, the visa demand and processing time has significantly been affected. Therefore, you may experience a delay depending on several factors. Also, the focus to grant visa applications is based on the critical areas that support the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19.
Therefore, until the decision to grant or not to grant the pandemic event visa is made, the applicant is provided with an associated bridging visa that helps maintain law status in Australia. This bridging visa comes into effect if the applicant’s substantive visa expires before finalising the applicant’s COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa.
You cannot stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. However, you may be eligible for another COVID-19 Pandemic event visa if: