Employer Sponsored Visas
The Government has estimated at least one million people may become unemployed as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on Australian businesses. Unfortunately, Subclass 482 and 457 visa holders are among the hundreds of thousands of temporary residents who have already lost their jobs.
At this time, temporary visa holders are not entitled to the same government benefits as Australian permanent residents.
Measures MIA have asked the Department to implement:
- immediately waive visa condition 8503 (No further stay) so onshore visa holders can remain lawful
- create a COVID-19 specific fee-free visa solution which allows work rights and access to Medicare for the duration of the emergency
- consider extending temporary visas automatically until 30 October 2020 in the first instance
- immediately remove LMT and SAF requirements
- MIA has also raised issues specific to visa and business sponsorship obligations in relation to the part-timing of jobs, leave without pay, stand-downs and retrenchments.
- Matters pertaining to eligibility for Subclasses 186/187 TRT provisions
- The Government doesn’t want to see temporary workers become unlawful non-citizens.
As we don’t know how long this pandemic will continue to affect businesses, we are urging anyone who is eligible to apply for permanent residency now to do so. Not only to potentially gain access to government benefits including Centrelink and Medicare but also because the future of employer-sponsored visas is uncertain.
Permanent Visa holders may apply for Medicare & Centrelink benefits.
Find out if you are eligible to apply for a 186 or 187 visa here
If you have questions about your visa, book a phone or Skype appointment to speak to one of our migration agents