Official: 408 COVID Visa (Pandemic Event) Closed from 2 September 2023
The Subclass 408 visa (Pandemic Event) also known as the 408 COVID Visa has officially closed to any new applicants from 2 September 2023.
Moving forward, the Subclass 408 COVID visa in the ‘Pandemic Event’ stream will only be open to applicants who currently hold a subclass 408 visa. These applicants will receive a six month 408 visa accompanied by a Visa Application Charge of $405 AUD. This further underscores the government’s intention to ensure that the visa system is used by those who genuinely contribute to Australia’s growth and development.
With that being said, from February 2024 the 408 COVID visa (in the ‘Pandemic Stream’) will be completely shutting down and closed to ALL applicants irrelevant of the visa they currently hold.
While the 408 COVID visa has played a crucial role in allowing individuals to remain in Australia to help bolster the economy post-pandemic, it has also faced scrutiny around the post-pandemic timeframes. To align with the systems economic outlook and current needs, Minister O’Neil has decided to discontinue this visa. This decision reflects the government’s commitment to maintaining a visa program that serves the best interests of both Australians and visa holders.
It’s important to recognise that these changes are not about targeting any specific group but rather about further refining the system. By streamlining processes and ensuring that the system aligns with Australia’s needs, the government is taking proactive steps toward fostering a healthier migration environment.
In conclusion, the recent updates to Australia’s visa system reflect a commitment to fairness, integrity, and efficiency. Through these changes, the government is paving the way for a future where the visa system continues to play a positive role in Australia’s growth and prosperity.
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