The Government made an announcement (4 April 2020) regarding temporary visa holders in Australia concerning those who are affected by COVID-19
Temporary Skilled Visa Holders (TSS 482 or 457)
Have you been stood down or have reduced hours?
Those temporary skilled visa holders that have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain their visa validity and businesses will have the opportunity to extend their visa as per the normal arrangements.
Businesses can now reduce the hours of the visa holder without the person being in breach of their visa condition.
To help visa holders support themselves at this time they will also be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation this financial year.
Those visa holders who have been laid off due to COVID-19 should leave the country in line with existing visa conditions if they are unable to secure a new sponsor.
However, should a 4-year visa holder be re-employed after the coronavirus pandemic, their time already spent in Australia will count towards their permanent residency skilled work experience requirements.
Working holidaymakers supporting critical sectors
Changes to your visa conditions…
Working Holiday visas have conditional work rights.
Working Holiday visa holders working in certain critical sectors (see listed below) will be exempt from the 6-month work limitation with the one employer.
They will also be eligible for a further visa to keep working in these critical sectors if their current visa is due to expire in the next 6 months
the critical sectors are
- health, aged and disability care
- agriculture and food processing, and
If you are concerned and would like to know what to do, please feel free to contact me.
482 Registered Migration Agent Graham Copson (MARN 1575606) on Mob 0417 083 231, or by email [email protected]
“Your Migration Partners”