Covid Concession Period Ends
Quietly included with a raft of employer-sponsored visa changes implemented on 25 November 2023, Immigration has brought the 'concession period' introduced in response to COVID travel restrictions to an end.
The concessions were brought in to allow applicants to be granted certain visas while still in Australia, or to apply for certain visas while stuck outside of Australia during this period.
The cessation of this concession period affects a number of General Skilled and Family visa applicants, as follows:
Subclass 485 Graduate Visa Applicants
- Must now be in Australia at the time of lodging the visa application
- Can continue to be inside or outside of Australia at the time of grant
Subclass 887 Skilled-Regional visa applicants
- Must be in Australia at the time of application
- Can also continue to be in or outside of Australia at the time of grant
- Those relying on an employment concession period must lodge their application before 25 February 2024
Subclass 143 Contributory Parent visa applicants
- Can be in or outside Australia at time of lodgement (if visa held at the time does not prevent onshore lodgement)
- Must be outside Australia at the time the visa is granted
Subclass 309 (offshore) and 820 (onshore) Partner visa applicants
- Must be offshore for 309 and onshore for 820 application at time of lodgement
- Both subclasses can be in or outside Australia at the time of grant
- Changes mean that subclass 309 visa applicants may be able to obtain a bridging visa in certain circumstances.