Australia Welcoming Temporary Visa Holders’ Home

After 20 months of Australia’s international border being closed to Australian temporary visa holders, the Federal Government has announced that borders are soon to be open to eligible travellers.

Recent concerns raised by the newly discovered Omicron variant of the covid-19 virus have only delayed the Australian Government’s plans to reopen the international border, however, the plan will still go ahead as of 15 December 2021.

Visa holders across the world have expressed frustration with the delays to the border reopening citing the emotional distress and hardship they have experienced from interruptions to their plans to study, work and reunite with family in Australia.

Currently, the plan is to open the borders to fully vaccinated travellers who hold certain temporary visas from countries deemed as ‘international safe travel zones’. These eligible visa holders will not need a travel exemption and will not be required to quarantine in selected Australian states and territories. However, there are various requirements travellers must adhere to prior to arriving in Australia.

The following visa holders may be eligible to enter Australia from 15 December 2021:

Subclass 163 – State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner Visa
Subclass 173 – Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa
Subclass 200 – Refugee visa
Subclass 201 – In-country Special Humanitarian visa
Subclass 202 – Global Special Humanitarian visa
Subclass 203 – Emergency Rescue visa
Subclass 204 – Woman at Risk visa
Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visa
Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
Subclass 402 – Training and Research visa
Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)
Subclass 405 – Investor Retirement visa
Subclass 407 – Training visa
Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa
Subclass 410 – Retirement visa
Subclass 417 – Working Holiday visa
Subclass 449 – Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa
Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa
Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa
Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday visa
Subclass 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa
Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa
Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visa
Subclass 487 – Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa
Subclass 489 – Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa
Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa
Subclass 500 – Student visa
Subclass 560 – Student Temporary Visa
Subclass 571 – Student Schools Sector Visa
Subclass 572 – Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa
Subclass 573 – Higher Education Sector Visa
Subclass 574 – Postgraduate Research Sector Visa
Subclass 575 – Non-Award Sector Visa
Subclass 580 – Student Guardian visa
Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa
Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa
Subclass 786 – Temporary Humanitarian Concern visa
Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa
Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
Subclass 884 – Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa
Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa

If you do not hold a temporary visa or are not from an ‘international safe travel zone’, there may be individual travel exemptions available to you.

If you would like to discuss your visa situation with an experienced lawyer, please contact us for more information.

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