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Information for Migrants in Australia


Visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) 

International tourists should return to their home country as quickly as possible, particularly those without family support.

If you cannot depart Australia as planned, check your permitted stay period, visa expiry date and visa conditions to make sure you remain lawful in Australia.


Under Australian migration law, it is not possible to extend a visitor visa or ETA. You must apply for a new visa before your current visa expires. If you have a ‘no further stay condition’ attached to your visa, you will need to apply to have this waived before you make any visa application.


When you apply for a new visa, you may be granted a bridging visa that will keep you lawful in Australia until a decision is made on your visa application.


Student Visa


The Government is taking a flexible approach in relation to student visa conditions where COVID-19 restrictions have prevented conditions being met, such as attendance at class or use of online learning.

If your study in Australia is ending, and you are unable to depart Australia, you can apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600). You need to do this before your Student visa expires.


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If your course is ‘out of session

You can work unlimited hours if your course is considered ‘out of session’. Courses are considered ‘out of session’ during scheduled course breaks or if a student has finished their course as scheduled.


If you are studying a masters by research or a doctorate course

If you have commenced studying a masters by research or a doctorate course, you may work unlimited hours.


If your course has been deferred

You can work over 40 hours per fortnight if your course has been deferred.


Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders

See Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders.


Can I extend my Student visa?

Under Australian migration law, it is not possible to extend a Student visa.

You need to apply for a new visa if:

  • you cannot return to your home country and your visa is expiring
  • you need more time in Australia to complete your course.

You should apply for a new Student visa six weeks before your existing Student visa expires. 


Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) or Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)


Temporary Skill Shortage and subclass 457 visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain a valid visa and businesses will have the opportunity to extend your visa as per normal arrangements.Temporary Skill Shortage and subclass 457 visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain a valid visa and businesses will have the opportunity to extend your visa as per normal arrangements.


Businesses will be able to reduce your hours without you being in breach of your visa conditions or the business being in breach of their employer obligations.


If you have been laid off and are currently unemployed, you should find another employer within 60 days or make arrangements to leave Australia, where this is possible.


Holders of temporary work visas currently employed in critical sectors, like health, aged care or agriculture, may also be eligible for a COVID-19 Pandemic Temporary Activity Visa (sub class 408). 


 Holiday Maker visa


Working Holiday Maker visas cannot be extended. However, if you have completed three or six months of  specified work in Australia, you may be able to apply for a second or third Working Holiday Maker visa.


The Australian Government has introduced new measures in response to COVID-19. Working holiday makers who are employed in critical sectors including agriculture, health, aged and disability care and childcare will be exempt from the six month work limitation with one employer.


Working holiday makers employed in critical sectors who haven’t completed the 3 or 6 months of specified work required to apply for a second or third Working Holiday Maker visa, and are unable to return to their home country can apply for COVID-19 Pandemic Temporary Activity Visa (sub class 408). 




Special Category visa


New Zealanders and Australians have arrangements whereby we can each stay and work in each other’s country.


Bridging visa A, B or C


Bridging visas A, B and C allow you to stay in Australia after your current visa expires, and while your new visa application is being processed.



Bridging visa E

This temporary visa allows you to stay in Australia while you:

  • make arrangements to leave
  • finalise your immigration matter
  • wait for an immigration decision.


Sources: 

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/

https://www.mia.org.au/


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