Currently in Australia, there are around 139,000 temporary skilled visa holders. As a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, thousands of temporary skilled workers in Australia have been stood down or have had their work hours reduced. This has affected the livelihoods of many and it has put a big dent in Australia’s economy. At Migration Centre of Australia we have nailed down some answers to recurring questions we have received from 482 visa holders and even Employer sponsors with staff who are 482 visa holders.
482 Visa Holders
What should I do if I have be stood down?
If you have been stood down (but not unemployed), you will be able to maintain your visa validity and your employer will be able to extend your visa as per normal arrangements.
I have lost my job, what are my options?
If you are no longer employed due to the COVID-19 pandemic you should find another employer within 60 days or make arrangements to depart Australia, where this is possible.
Can I work for another employer while I am unable to work in my current job?
If you have an 8107 and 8607 visa condition on your 482 visa, this will limit you to work only for your sponsoring employer (or associated entity). If you wish to work for another employer, the new employer will need to sponsor you and have this approved before you can commence your employment. And another application would need to be lodged in order for you to continue your employment with your original employer.
I can’t find another employer what should I do?
Those visa holders who are unemployed due to coronavirus and who cannot find another employer to sponsor them, should make arrangements to depart Australia.
What can I do if I cannot return to my home country?
If you cannot return to your home country, you need to maintain a valid visa and engage with the health system when necessary.
I am struggling financially due to the loss of my job, what can I do?
The Government has announced that 482 visa holders will be able to access up to AU$10,000 of their superannuation this financial year. An application should be made directly with the superannuation fund provider. However, no announcements have been made regarding welfare payments for 482 visa holders.
Can I reduce my staff member’s work hours?
The Minister for Immigration announced on 4 April 482 visa holders will be able to reduce their working hours without being in breach of their visa conditions.
Can I put my staff member on “Leave Without Pay”?
482 visa holders are eligible to be placed on unpaid leave and will not be in breach of their visa conditions. This is because they will still be considered to be employed (just not receiving a salary).
Can my staff member do other work within the business?
482 visa holders with visa conditions 8107 and 8607 are limited to working only in their nominated occupation. As an employee sponsor you are obligated to ensure that your staff member only works in their nominated occupation. If your staff member is found working in a different occupation, they will have their visa may be cancelled, and you as the sponsor may become subject to sanctions.
Do you need assistance?
Over the past weeks, we have been inundated with inquiries from 482 visa holders affected by the coronavirus crisis. It can be difficult to keep up with the visa changes implemented by the Government due to the pandemic, but at Migration Centre of Australia our team constantly monitors legislative or policy changes that can affect you to enable us to give our clients up to date migration advice. From understanding where you stand to making an application, our registered migration agents are able to guide you every step of the way. Contact us today on 02 4626 1002 or send us an email at email@example.com and let us help you.