Visa 408 Subclass 

(Covid -19 

Pandemic Event)

Temporary visa holders with work privileges can apply for the COVID visa 408 subclass for a term of 12 to 24 months without paying a Visa Application Charge if they work in any sector of the Australian economy. The administration has taken this step to help the economy recover from the effects of Covid-19.

Australia's unemployment rate is at an all-time low, and businesses across all industries need competent employees to fill critical positions. As a result, in order to retain migrant workers and improve the economy, the government has lifted the restrictions on the 408 Visa Subclass (Covid-19 Pandemic Event) eligibility.

Eligibility criteria

  • Currently staying in Australia.
  • Have 3 months left on your current visa.
  • Able to sustain financially while in Australia.
  • Valid Employment evidence
  • Must continue to be employed.
  • Meet the health and character requirements of the Australian Government.
  • Have adequate health insurance.
  • Demonstrate sincere purpose to stay in Australia for a limited time


  • Stay for a period of up to 24 months
  • Temporary visa with multiple entries
  • Full working rights
  • Travel within or outside of Australia
  • No visa application charge.
  • Include members of the family unit

 Processing Time

  • To fasten 408 visa subclasses, currently, no medical exams are required and as a result, the processing time for this visa subclass usually takes 1 day to a maximum of 3 months.

General FAQ’s

1Can I extend my stay in Australia with 408 visas?
No, this is not an extendable visa. You must apply for a new visa if you want to stay longer after your current 408 visa expires.
2Can I travel overseas on this visa?
Yes, you can travel outside of Australia and return as many times as you like as long as your COVID-19 Pandemic event visa is valid and you meet any travel rules in existence at the time you travel.
3Can I bring my family if I am on 408 visas?
Family members who did not apply with you for the visa may be eligible for a later entrant visa. You can use the Temporary Work and Activity visa (Subsequent Entrant) (403,407,408) to apply for a subsequent entrant visa.
4Can I be unemployed on this visa?
If you are issued a COVID-19 Pandemic event visa, you should continue to work while you have it. If you are no longer employed, you should look for new work or make plans to leave Australia.

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