***VISA UPDATE*** - COVID-19 and TEMPORARY VISA holders
The Government has announced today the following measures for Temporary Visa Holders affected by COVID-19:
457/482 & other Skilled visa holders
Can withdraw $10,000 from their Super for this financial year
Workers who have been stood down, but not laid off, will be able to have visas extended
Employers can reduce employees' working hours (eg. from Full-time to Part-time) without breaching their sponsorship obligations, therefore making it easier for them to keep their staff employed
Workers who have been laid off should leave Australia or find a new employer within 60 days as per usual rules. However, should a 4-year visa holder be re-employed after the coronavirus pandemic, their time already spent in Australia will count towards their 3-year permanent residency work requirement.
Working Holiday Makers and Seasonal Pacific Islander workers
Can extend their stay in Australia
Must be working in agriculture, health or aged care only
'6 month' limitation waived
Must self-isolate if moving to a new area
Will need to rely on part-time work, their savings and financial help from their family
Can withdraw $10,000 from their Super for this financial year if they've been in Australia for at least 12 months
Here is the official press release: https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman/Pages/Coronavirus-and-Temporary-Visa-holders.aspx
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