Working Holiday Makers Assisting Critical Sectors – Visa Flexibility
April 9, 2020

The Australian government had various changes for temporary visa holders during the coronavirus crisis. All of those were implemented to keep every resident in Australia safe especially to critical sectors who are in great support to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As a result, the government had placed flexibility even for Working Holiday Makers who are assisting the critical sectors (health care, aged care, child care, disability care, agriculture and food processing).

For instance, all the working holiday makers who work in critical sectors will be exempt to the six-month work limitation with one employer and will be eligible for a further visa, allowing them to continue working in these critical sectors in case their current visa is about to expire in the next six months.

Second or Third Working Holiday Maker

All working holiday makes working in critical sectors who haven’t completed three months or six months of specified work were allowed to apply for a second or third working holiday maker visa. In addition for those who can’t leave Australia, you may be eligible for the Temporary Activity – Subclass 408 Australian AGEE (Australian Government Endorsed Event) stream visa. The said visa will allow working holiday makers to lawfully stay in Australia and continue working if they intend to do so until they can return to their home country.

Temporary Activity Visa – Subclass 408 AGEE stream

For those who are currently in Australia with a Seasonal Worker Program visa about to expire, you can also extend your stay in Australia by applying for a Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408 AGEE stream). Other visa holders who may apply for the Temporary Activity visa are Temporary Work Visas, TSS Subclass 482 Visa and 457 Visa employed in critical sectors.


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