The government of Australia has introduced a new rule that will be effective on February 1, 2024. This new rule is known as the Migration (COVID-19 Pandemic Event for Temporary Activity (Subclass 408) Visa) Repeal Instrument (LIN 24/003).
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The previous rule LIN 22/046 classified the COVID-19 pandemic as an ‘Australian Government endorsed event’ (AGEE), but now the new rule will repeal this regulation. This was an important classification that permitted those who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to be qualified for a Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) Visa.
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Read the Explanatory Statement: LIN24003-Explanatory-statement
According to the former rule, applicants who wish to qualify for this visa were required to be working on occupations under the AGEE. However, with the repeal introduced in February 2024, the COVID-19 pandemic will no longer be considered an AGEE for visas.
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Since the conditions required for the Pandemic Event visa have transformed, the Australian government announced its annulment on August 31, 2023. The government expects this decision to help regulate the country’s visa system efficiently.
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The Department of Home Affairs has consulted with other Commonwealth departments and external stakeholders in advance of this change to notify them of the Pandemic Event visa’s closure. Furthermore, after reviewing the changes, the Office of Impact Analysis determined that additional impact analysis was not necessary because it is unlikely that the changes will have a significant regulatory impact.
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