New legislation published by the Department of Home Affairs this week allows concessions for certain visa holders who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to apply for permanent residency.
Effective for applications from 1 February 2020 and not yet finalised;
1. Concessions for visa holders stood down and hours reduced
457 visa holders applying for the visa subclass 186 under the transitional stream can include periods of employment on reduced hours or leave without pay due to the Covid-19 pandemic
2. Age exemptions
Age exemptions for the visa subclass 186 transitional stream based on earning above the high income threshold waivered where hours or leave have been impacted due to the Covid-19 pandemic for both 457 and 482 visa holders
Employers and visa holders must ensure that 482 and 457 visa holders only worked under the approved terms of their last approved nomination. Home Affairs will, however, allow a reduction of hours or leave without pay in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic.