COVID-19 Concessions for subclass 187 and 186 Transitional Stream permanent visa applicants

The Department of Home Affairs has provided new concessions for 187 and 187 TRT visa applicants who were affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the new arrangements, the required period of employment in the nominated position on a temporary visa for TRT stream SC 186/187 nominations and visas, will not be affected by the visa holder working reduced hours or being on unpaid leave during the concession period, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (the concession period started on 1st February 2020 and the end date has not yet been set).  The “coronavirus reduced work period” or “coronavirus unpaid leave period” which happened during the concession period and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may be deducted from the required period of work for eligibility. 

Additionally, Subclass 457 and 482 visa holders eligible for an age exemption on the basis of earnings at the level or at least the Fair Work High Income Threshold, will continue to be eligible for the age exemption when applying for subclass 187 and 186 TRT permanent visas, despite their earnings being affected by the coronavirus (conditions apply). A pro-rata income threshold for the period when their earnings were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be applied.

Please contact us for further details or to review if you may be eligible under these new arrangements. We are here to help.