New concessions due to COVID-19 for 485, 887, 888 and 790 visas applicants

The Department has recently announced new concessions to assist certain temporary and provisional visas holders who have been disadvantaged by the consequences of COVID-19.

The new regulations create a concession period which started on 1 February 2020 (the end date will be announced by the Department) with the following concessions:

-       For applicants who hold a  provisional visa or related bridging visa and wish to apply for a Subclass 887 (Skilled – Regional) visas, the new arrangements will provides concessions on the eligibility and application requirements including the length of time the applicant has lived in specified regional Australia.

-       For Subclass 888 (Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent)) visas, the new arrangements include some concessions for visa applicants who are on a pathway from the Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)) visa to the Subclass 888 (Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent)) visa. The concessions relate to application requirements, time of application and levels of business and investment activity. The amendments also permit Subclass 188 visa holders to obtain another Subclass 188 visa if they need more time to establish a qualifying business in Australia.

-       For Subclass 790 (Safe Haven Enterprise) visas, the new arrangements provides concessions to holders, and certain former holders, of a Subclass 790 (Safe Haven Enterprise) visa (SHEV) in relation to eligibility to apply for other visas.

-       For Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) visas, the new arrangements amend the application requirements and visa criteria for the Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) visa. For students who have been stranded overseas allowing them to apply for the Subclass 485 from offshore during the concession period, if eligible.

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