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***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



International students

  • 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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