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Which Australian visa holders are eligible for government Financial support in COVID-19?

Australian Financial Support

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, with more than 100+ visa categories in Australia, are now left feeling concerned about a financial concern to survive themselves in Australia.

As many Australian workers lost their jobs, it’s more important than ever to know what other financial options you must tide through the COVID-19 crisis.

Here, you must know which visa category holders get financial assistance by government of Australia.

Partner visa Holders:

Temporary Partner Visa holders – subclass 820 (not pending applicants and on bridging visa) or subclass 309 (Partner-provisional) may be eligible to apply for Centrelink (Department of Human Services master program) generally in which you have to wait up to 2 to 4 years. However, due to COVID-19, The government has instantly removed the waiting period for Jobseeker Compensation, Youth Allowance, Farm Household Allowance and Special benefits from March 25.

Student visa Holders: (Subclass 500) 

Government of Australia, currently haven’t in place a financial support system for Student

(Subclass500), Student Guardians Visa (Subclass 590) or Training Subclass visas (407 visa) holders.

However, student visa holders who have been for longer than a year in-country and are facing financial troubles are now allowed to retrieve their superannuation accounts.

Also, students who are employed in major supermarkets and those students in aged care will be able to extend their working hours, which means they can now work for more than 40 hours a fortnight specified in their visa conditions. (Hours will remain as usual 40 hours a fortnight from May 1)

Skilled and business visa holders: TSS 482 & 457 visas

Australian Government does not currently have in place for a financial support system for Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (Subclass 482 Visa), Temporary Work Visa (Subclass 457) holders. The same applies to the following visa category holders!

  • Subclass 408 Visa (Temporary Activity)
  • Subclass 400 Visa (short stay Activity)
  • Subclass 407 Visa (Training Visa)

Most of the temporary visa holders are not eligible for any of the government’s coronavirus payments.

Business Visa or Investment 188 visa holders are also not eligible for the government Financial support introduced due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Visitor Visa/Tourist Visa

There is no plan for Visitor visa holders for financial support by the Australian Government. Visitors include:

✅ Visitors- subclass 600
✅ Electronic Travel Authority subclass 601
✅ eVisitor Visa subclass 651

Who are not eligible for any sort of financial support? visitor visa holders not eligible to work in Australia, so if you are facing financial poverty, it’s recommended that you should contact your embassy or nearest consulate.

Working Holiday Visa Holders

There are about more than 100,000 people on a Working Holiday visa in Australia, which provides conditional work rights. Visa holders under this category are not qualified for any financial support currently being offered by the government of Australia.

However, those working travelers who are working to support the essential sectors of health, farming and food processing, aged and disability care will be exempted from the six-month work limitation with the one employer.

Feel free to contact Registered Migration agent, for any assistance regarding your visa extension visa, student visa, or Migration application.

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