Big News on the COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa

The Hon. Andrew Giles, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, announced that as of September 2, 2023, new applications for the COVID-19 Pandemic Event stream of the Subclass 408 visa will not be accepted.


This decision was made due to the significant role the Pandemic Event visa played during the pandemic and was anticipated upon Australia’s border reopening. The government advises current visa holders to explore alternative visa options or plan their departure.


For current Subclass 408 visa holders under the COVID-19 Pandemic Event stream:


Renewal Options:

Current SC 408 visa holders can renew their visa until its final phase-out in February 2024.  Thereafter, visa holders must obtain a new visa type or arrange to leave Australia. With effect from 2 September 2023 to 31 January 2024, only existing COVID-19 Pandemic event visa holders are eligible to apply. 


Alternative Visa Possibilities:

There may be suitable visa options, and this can be determined based on individual circumstances. Please obtain the right advice before you consider applying for any visas.


Duration of Renewed Visa:

All SC 408 visa renewals will be granted for a six-month period.


Visa Application Fee:

A fee of $405 will now be required for visa applicants, and the application fee waiver will no longer apply.


Remember, the information provided here is based on the situation as of September 2023, and policies may continue to evolve. Stay informed and seek professional advice if you have any doubts or questions about your eligibility for the COVID-19 SC 408 visa.


Consult with a registered migration agent or immigration lawyer for professional guidance on possible visa options based on your circumstances.


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