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Australian Immigration News 2020

Concessions For Visa Applicants Affected By COVID-19

On 19th September 2020, a new Migration Amendment was adopted by Immigration to make exemptions for some of the visa holders and applicants. Regular criteria for 485, 887, 188, 888, and 790 visas have been updated in the Amendment, which offered options for those affected by COVID-19. These changes apply to visa applications submitted on or after 19th September 2020

Concession Period

"Concession Period" by the immigrations have been introduced under which the following will be applicable. This duration began on 1st February 2020 and currently does not have an end date. The next one will be revealed in the future.

485 Graduate Temporary Visa

International graduates who have been stranded overseas due to border closures now have a clear route to apply outside Australia for a Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa.

Applicants can also be issued a visa while in or outside Australia. They will have visa validity from the date of entry into Australia instead of the grant date. Although overseas, applicants who have submitted their applications before 19th September 2020 but are now offshore can still have 485 authorized.

Furthermore, if the claimant has been outside Australia for all or part of the period starting 1st February 2020 to 19th September 2020, the following applies,

    • You have up to 12 months post the course completion to apply
    • No need to have held a Student visa within the last six months

887 Skilled Regional (Permanent) visa

Like graduates, Immigration would encourage applicants to apply for the Subclass 887 visa while outside Australia and have their visas issued. It includes primary candidates and their dependents. Candidates who:

  • Currently, who hold any qualified provisional visas can apply from in or outside the country.
  • Previously owned any of the eligible provisional visas, but they've expired during the concession period can apply from outside the country.

Currently or previously owned an eligible provisional visa & have been stuck in Australia during the concession period can count six months spent overseas of the 2-year residence requirement.

Finally, the one-year job requirement has also been reduced to 9 months for those who owned a provisional visa while the concession period and applying no later than three months after the concession period ends (currently no end date).

888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visas

Former Primary and secondary visa holders of Subclass 188 whose visas expired during the concession period can now apply for a Subclass 888 visa as long as the visa is deposited no more than three months after completing the concession period (no completion date at present).

The Investor and Significant Investor Stream has made amendments to allow for the withdrawal or cancellation of certain investments during the concession period.

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visas

Former 188 Business Innovation Stream visa owners would be eligible to apply for an 188 Business Innovation Extension stream if the original 188 visas were issued before 1st July 2019. The new application has to be submitted no more than three months after completing the concession period (no end date at present).

Applicants holding a Subclass 188 Business Innovation Extension Stream Visa issued before 1st July 2019 can apply for a second Extension Stream Visa submitted no more than three months after the concession period (no end date present).

790 Safe Haven Enterprise Visa

During the concession period, current and former SHEV holders will be able to count periods where they:

  • Got Special Benefit payments;
  • Were unemployed; or
  • Worked outside a SHEV regional area in an essential service specified by the minister (no definition currently available)towards the 42-month requirement to waiver Section 46A of the Migration Act and allow them to apply for a different type of visa.

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