• Natasha Prevot

Maintaining your visa during the craziness that is Covid

While temporary visa holders are still not eligible for JobSeeker or JobKeeper packages, the Government has made an announcement that does give some flexibility to current visa conditions.

Temporary Skilled visa holders

  • 482/457 visa holders who 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 normal arrangements. Businesses will also be able to reduce the hours of the visa holder without the person being in breach of their visa condition.

  • These visa holders 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 coronavirus 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.

Note that the update from Home Affairs does not have any more detail at this stage about the hours that can be reduced but any reductions made now will not impact their visa conditions or your sponsorship obligations. When we receive clarification on this, then we will ensure that we pass this information on.

As communicated previously, visa holders can take unpaid leave in accordance with current policy in addition or conjunction with the latest updates above.

  • For those who hold a 482 visa with condition 8607 attached the period allowed usually is 3 months unless “exceptional circumstances” apply.

  • For those who hold a 457 with condition 8107 attached the period allowed usually is 12 months unless “exceptional circumstances” apply.

We anticipate more announcements this week as the Government sits to push through the stimulus packages. We will keep you updated with any other information that is relevant to you and your staff on temporary visas.

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