Starting from 2 September 2023, the Pandemic Event visa sc 408 will only be available to existing Pandemic Event visa holders. If you currently hold a Pandemic Event visa, you may still be eligible for subsequent visas after this date.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Other than sc408 visa holders will not be eligible for the sc408 visa from 2 September 2023
  • All new visa applications submitted and granted after 2 September 2023, will have a stay period of up to 6 months only
  • Visa Application Charge (VAC) of AUD405.00 will apply after 2 September 2023.
  • The Pandemic Event visa category will be closed to all new applications on February 1, 2024.
  • Eligibility Period – only when applying with your existing sc 408 COVID visa must be expiring in 28 days or less, as opposed to the previous 90-day requirement.
  • Applications lodged before 2 September 2023, and are granted, you will still be considered for a period of stay in Australia of up to 12 months (or 2 years for TGV holders).

The current Pandemic Event visa sc 408 will remain valid until its expiry date, or until you are granted another visa.

We understand that these changes might raise questions, and we’re here to assist you through this transition. If you have any queries, please feel free to reach out to our support team.

Sources: Migration Alliance and Minister of Home Affairs