COVID‑19 Concessions – 485 Visa Policy Changes 19th Sep 2020

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485 update 19th Sep 2020

Migration Amendment (COVID-19 Concessions) Regulations 2020 updated 17th Sep 2020

From 19 September 2020, a number of concessions will be available for certain visa holders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 concessions are to help you continue on your visa pathway if you have been disadvantaged by COVID-19 border closures, business restrictions or the economic downturn.

The Australian government has introduced legislative amendments to its Migration Regulations that come into effect on 17 September 2020.

“COVID-19 Concessions” are being introduced to limit the impact of the pandemic on visa holders outside Australia.

Five Parts related to COVID‑19 concession

Australia introduces major COVID-19 visa concessions for below temporary and provisional visa holders

Part 1—COVID‑19 concession period

Part 2—Subclass 887 (Skilled—Regional) visas

Part 3—Subclass 888 (Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent)) visas

Part 4—Subclass 790 (Safe Haven Enterprise) visas

Part 5—Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) visas

Part 6—Application and transitional provisions

Migration Regulations 1994

COVID‑19 concession period

The COVID-19 concession period commences from 1 February 2020 and is an interim arrangement

(1)  The concession period is the period (the initial concession period) that:

                     (a)  commences on 1 February 2020; and

                     (b)  ends on a day specified by the Minister under sub-regulation 

485 Visa Update 19th Sep 2020

Key changes to  affecting 485 visa applicants stranded by COVID-induced restrictions include:

  • applicants can apply for, and be granted, a Subclass 485 visa while outside Australia during a concession period;
  • Applicants will no longer be required to have held a student visa within the six-month period immediately before making the application.
  • the application has been extended from six to 12 months.

Concession periods is new legislation aiming to assist certain temporary and provisional visa holders, including individuals who are on a pathway to permanent residence but affected by the COVID19 pandemic.

The concession period is the period commences on 1 February 2020, and will end on a day specified by the Minister 

Subclass 887 (Skilled—Regional) visas

Subclass 888 (Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent)) visas

Subclass 790 (Safe Haven Enterprise) visas

Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) visas

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