COVID-19 information for Visa Holders and Sponsors

The Department of Home Affairs announced to ABC the following changes affecting visa holders during COVID-19:

Working Holiday Makers and Seasonal Pacific Islander workers

  • Will be allowed to extend their stays in Australia
  • Must be working in agriculture, health or aged care only
  • Waiver of ‘six month with one employer’ rule
  • Will need to self isolate if moving to a new region

Skilled visa holders

  • Able to withdraw $10,000 from superannuation for this financial year
  • Skilled visa holders stood down, but not laid off, will be able to have visas extended
  • Businesses can reduce skilled visa holders working hours without breaching sponsorship obligations
  • Time already spent in Australia prior to COVID pandemic will be counted towards permanent residency requirements.

International students

  • Encouraged to rely on family support, part-time work and their own savings
  • Able to withdraw $10,000 from superannuation for this financial year

Note that this info has not yet been verified (i.e., DHA has not released specific policy legislation at time of publication).

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