Closure of the COVID-19 Pandemic Event (SC408) Visa

The Minister of Home Affairs released a statement on Thursday, 31 August 2023 announcing that the Australian government is closing the Pandemic Event visa.

“The Pandemic Event visa was an important part of Australia’s visa system during the pandemic. Many people on temporary visas helped Australia during this period. We’re providing an opportunity for people who hold a Pandemic Event visa to explore another visa option, or plan to leave Australia” said Minister Giles.

Key Points to Note

  • From 2 September 2023, the Pandemic Event (SC408) visa will only be open to applications from existing Pandemic Event visa holders
  • The visa will be officially closed to all applicants from February 2024
  • Anyone with a valid Pandemic Event visa will remain lawful until their current visa expires
  • All other visa holders will be ineligible for the Pandemic Event visa
  • From 2 September 2023, new applications will receive a six month visa
  • A Visa Application Charge of $405 AUD will be introduced

The full statement can be read here.

Further Information and Assistance

People who currently hold a Pandemic Event visa and seek to apply for a different visa will need to meet the criteria for that visa and those without any options for other visa applications are expected to depart Australia prior to their visa expiring.

If you require any assistance and would like to discuss your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 1300 083 843 or submit an online enquiry.

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