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Closure of the Subclass 408 Pandemic Event visa

Published 31 Aug 2023 / Updated 31 Aug 2023

Closure of the Subclass 408 Pandemic Event visa

Whats happening ?

  • From February 2024, the visa will be closed to all applicants - the rationale being that the circumstances that drove the operation of the visa no longer exist.
  • From 2 September 2023, the Pandemic Event visa will only be open to applications from existing Pandemic Event visa holders.
  • All other visa holders will be ineligible for the Pandemic Event visa. This is a transitional measure to promote visa integrity.
  • Anyone with a valid Pandemic Event visa will remain lawful until their current visa expires.
  • From 2 September 2023, new applications will receive a six month visa. A Visa Application Charge of $405 AUD will also be introduced.
  • These settings will further ensure that the visa is only used by those who have a genuine need to remain and contribute to Australia.
  • People who currently hold a Pandemic Event visa and seek to apply for a different visa will need to meet the criteria for that visa.
  • Those without any options for other visa applications are expected to depart Australia when their visa expires.

Minister Giles has said:

The Pandemic Event visa was an important part of Australiaโ€™s visa system during the pandemic. Many people on temporary visas helped Australia during this period. Weโ€™re providing an opportunity for people who hold a Pandemic Event visa to explore another visa option, or plan to leave Australia.

Under the Liberals, our migration system wasnโ€™t working for anyone. There was no plan to deal with how the borders reopened.

Weโ€™ve brought wait times down, and weโ€™re working to make sure our migration system is working again for all Ausยญtralians after a decade of mess and mismanagement under the Liberals.

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