Last Updated on July 10, 2021 by Christie McEnzie
The Government of Australia has decided to give more support to the hospitality and tourism sector in this COVID-19 pandemic situation and thus has launched the 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa.
The Government will abolish the existing work hour caps of 20 hrs per week for Student Visa holders employed in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
Those who are working under temporary visas are eligible to apply for a 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa for 12 months. Some more sectors come under this subclass, like child care, aged care, agriculture, disability care, and food processing.
Temporary visa holders can apply for the 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa 90 days before their existing visa expires and it will extend for 12 months to work in Australia fill-time.
Minister Hawke said, “these changes are built on the Morrison Government’s full support for sectors that are critical to our economic recovery”.
“Tourism and hospitality sectors both employ more than half a million Australians and Immigrants, and these changes will allow them to supplement their existing workforce to keep their businesses running in addition to generating employment through a job multiplier effect,” he also said.
“Government has listened carefully to the industry and is introducing these changes to support critical sectors for Australia’s COVID-19 economic recovery,” Minister Hawke said.
“I am continuing to take feedback and advice from a range of sectors and will make further announcements on temporary visa flexibility measures and priority skills shortly,” Minister Hawke also said.
Why 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa for the hospitality and tourism sector is important in Australia?
The Australian tourism and hospitality sector is a highly growing sector. The tourism sector is very important to the Australian economy. Both the sectors create a market national and international, these markets help to grow the Australian economy and employment.
The government of Australia providing access to the 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa for a period of 12 months, this visa gives more support to temporary visa holders and who are working under student visas or those who want to work in hospitality and tourism.
Critical Sector jobs in Australia
The hospitality and tourism sector welcomes students who are work beyond 40 hours. They join the list of specified industries.
- Tourism and hospitality
- Food processing
- Aged care
- Health care
- Child care
- Disability care
Eligibility to apply for the subclass 408 Visa
- You should be present in Australia at the time of applying
- Due to COVID -19 restrictions, you can not leave Australia
- Submit evidence that you are in the critical sector. Note:- Permanent Resident or Australian Citizen cannot fill the available positions
- Medical professionals are also eligible to apply for this visa, as it comes under the healthcare sector which is also critical to the Australian Economy.
- You need not pay any charge for this new 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa application, and you cal also include your family members in this application.
- Those who intend to work in the tourism and hospitality sector or temporary visa holders are eligible to apply for a 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa.
- Who are ready to work in a critical sector like the agriculture industry, aged and child care, Disability care and food processing can so eligible to apply for this visa