Australia - New Arrangements For Eligible Visa Holders.

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22 November 2021

On November 22, 2021 the Australian government announced new arrangements to further assist in the reopening Australia to visa holders, and further cement our economic recovery.

From 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders including skilled migrants and international students can travel to Australia without the need to apply for a travel exemption.

This announcement comes as an exciting development for businesses who have been struggling to bring their employers and candidates into Australia, with travel exemptions only being granted in exceptional cases.

Eligible visa holders are persons who hold the following visas:

 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 403

 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)

 Subclass 407

 Training visa

 Subclass 408

 Temporary Activity 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 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 580

 Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)

 Subclass 590

 Student Guardian visa

 Subclass 785

 Temporary Protection visa

 Subclass 790

 Safe Haven Enterprise visa

 Subclass 870

 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

 Subclass 988

 Maritime Crew visa





For further information, please contact:

Kristy Peacock-Smith, Partner, Bird & Bird

[email protected]