The subclass 408 temporary activity visa. Here at True Blue Migration Services, we manage applications in the sporting activities stream and the new Covid-19 pandemic event stream. The Covid-19 stream of this visa was introduced in March 2020 in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic. It enables people with limited options to remain lawfully in Australia.
This visa stream was introduced by the Government to enable temporary visa holders working in critical roles to stay lawfully in Australia during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
The Covid-19 pandemic visa has two main purposes:
To meet requirements, you must:
If you are seeking work rights on this visa, you must provide a submission that includes:
There is no definitive list of essential or critical industries or jobs (other than aged care, supermarkets, agriculture and public health). Visa holders working in ongoing positions (or with skills applicable to an ongoing, operating industries that have NOT been deemed as “non-essential”) may qualify for the 408 visa.
If your 408 visa is granted with work rights, you can only work for one employer. If you wish to change employers, you would need to apply for a new 408 visa.
If you are not seeking work rights and you cannot apply for a different visa, you can still lodge a 408 application but you will not get work rights.
There is no Government charge for this visa type. True Blue Migration Services can manage your application for you for a very low cost. Over the last six months, we have managed hundreds of 408 applications.
If your visa is refused, you will have 21 days to lodge an appeal through the AAT. The appeal cost is $1,764. At the current time, 408 appeals take 612 days to be assigned to the AAT for assessment. You would remain in Australia on a Bridging Visa A during the processing time of the AAT.
We have put together some frequently asked questions about the 408 visa, covering everything you need to know. As of May 2021, this visa stream is still active. It is likely to be available for as long as Covid-19 situation continues to be classified as a ‘pandemic’ situation, but at this point we have no indication of how long that might be.
There are two types of 408 temporary activity (sports stream) visas: a 3 month and 2 year option. The eligibility criteria is different depending on which length of visa you apply for. We have managed dozens of visas for elite athletes and sports coaches.
Yes, some family members and dependents can be included in your application or added at a later stage. A 408 dependent partner can work full time.
True Blue Migration is a proud community partner of Gymnastics Victoria and has successfully managed applications for dozens of overseas sports coaches, from fencing instructors to equestrian coaches.
We are also managing applications for the new Covid-19 pandemic event stream.
Our team of Registered Migration Agents can assess your eligibility and recommend the best pathway for you to take.