Overview Australia is famous among tourists, students, starting a new business, or starting a new life. Unfortunately, because of the pandemics everything has been put on hold and impacted greatly. Due to COVID-19, the Australian borders have been sealed so that no one can enter Australia or go to another country. All this is done to control the situation. In this blog, we will take through the impact of COVID-19 on Australian visitor visas. Just make sure if you are planning to apply for the visa, then get in touch with our migration agents in Brisbane. What is a Visitor visa in Australia? A visitor visa allows you to visit in Australia for sightseeing, social occasion, holiday, or recreational reasons, visit family, or friends, or for a business trip. A visitor visa is a temporary visa for the people who are planning for a visit to Australia for visitor purposes. Travel restrictions because of COVID-19 Due to travel restrictions imposed because of COVID-19 pandemics around the world. Many visitors are not able to depart to Australia the way they would have planned and in the visa validity. If you are stranded in Australia, then keep in mind the visitor visa as per the migration laws in Australia cannot be extended. Therefore, the applicants need to apply on time before the current visa gets expired. Make sure to apply at least 4 weeks before it is expired. Apply for the visa under the migration laws If the visitor visa is getting expired then make sure to apply it according to the Australian laws. By doing, it means you are doing things correctly. Due to COVID-19, many people are facing difficulty in getting back home. In that case, you can apply for the COVID-19 pandemic event visa. However, this option is only applicable when you can give the proof that you cannot meet the requirements of applying for the visitor visa or any other visa. The visitor visa is linked with ‘no further stay conditions’ which means you are not allowed to stay in Australia more than the granted time. If your visa has this condition then request for the waiver of the condition from the DOHA and then apply for a visitor visa and another visa. More information on stay condition
- The applicant can request a waiver from Conditions 8534, 8503, and 8535 ‘No Further Stay’ for another visa.
- The applicant can apply for another visa even if your current visa has Condition 8558 ‘can’t stay in Australia for more than 12 months in any 18 month period’ as this condition cannot be waived.
- The applicant can apply for another visa even if your current visa has Condition 8531 ‘must not remain in Australia after the stay period is over’ because this condition cannot be discarded.