Due to COVID-19 many temporary via holders are now facing difficulties meeting their residency and employment requirements for the subsequent permanent s/c 887 application. Therefore, the Department of Home Affairs announced that s/c 887 applicants will be given some concessions.
Which concessions can be claimed will depend on whether applicants were in or outside Australia at the time the have lodged their application.
Application lodged outside Australia:
The concessions are available to eligible applicants that have lived in a specified regional area for six months (the residence concession) and worked full-time in a specified regional area for three months (the employment concession).
These applicants can lodge their visa application outside Australia during the concession period and be granted the visa while they are outside Australia.
Application lodged in Australia:
These concessions will assist eligible prospective Skilled – Regional (subclass 887) visa applicants who have lodged their subclass 887 visa application on or after 19 September 2020 and during the ‘concession period‘. These applicants are eligible for the employment concession, but not for the residence concession.
The concession period started on 1 February 2020, and will continue until a date to be specified by the Minister.
If you hold a 489 visa and are about to lodge your s/c 887 you could benefit from these temporary amendments. If you wish to discuss your options with a registered Migration Agent, please book your consultation here.