SBS Language | Major COVID-19 visa concessions: Australia amends criteria for skilled regional and post-study work visas

The Australian government has introduced significant legislative amendments to its Migration Regulations that will come into effect on 19 September 2020.

As per a statement issued by the Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge, the ‘COVID-19 Concessions’ are being introduced to limit the impact of the pandemic on visa holders stranded outside the country.


  • Australia introduces major COVID-19 visa concessions for certain temporary and provisional visa holders
  • The COVID-19 concession period commences from 1 February 2020 and is an interim arrangement
  • Major amendments have been made to Temporary Graduate (485) and Skilled Regional visas (887)

The amendments coined as the ‘COVID-19 concessions’ have been brought in to allow individuals to continue on their visa pathway if they have been disadvantaged by “COVID-19 border closures, business restrictions or the economic downturn.”

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“The Migration Amendment (COVID-19 Concessions) Regulations 2020 (the COVID-19 Concessions Regulations) amend the Migration Regulations 1994 

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