May 8, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Tourism and Hospitality classified as critical industries and migrants can apply for COVID Visa with work rights

The Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke made a few announcements important for migrants in Australia:
1) Hospitality and Tourism are soon also to be classified as critical industries alongside other sectors such as agriculture, food processing, health care, disability care and childcare with similar allowances. Temporary visa holders working in or intending to work in critical sectors are able to apply for the Subclass 408 COVID-19 Visa which enables them to remain in Australia for up to 12 additional months and have full work rights. 
2) International Students working in Hospitality and Tourism will soon be exempt from their work limitations and can work beyond their usually restricted hours.
3) Veterinarians will be added to the Priority Skilled Occupation List for skills deemed critical for Australia’s economic recovery. Read our previous blog article about the other priority occupations here

Barista with customer in Cafe.
Migrant workers in Tourism and Hospitality allowed to work more hours and apply for the COVID-19 Visa.

There are currently 300,000 international students in Australia who have restricted work rights and can only work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight while studying. In order to boost the tourism and hospitality industry, the Australian Government is now removing the existing cap for student visa holders employed in these sectors following strong industry feedback. 

Immigration Minister Hawke said the tourism and hospitality sectors employ more than half a million Australians and these changes will help businesses supplement their existing workforce, which he described as “generating employment through a job multiplier effect”.

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26 Replies to “BREAKING NEWS: Tourism and Hospitality classified as critical industries and migrants can apply for COVID Visa with work rights”

  1. Roccolaf says: August 2, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    That’s great news, thanks for this article. Very helpful!
    I’m a chef. So this means my job is part of the critical skills list? How can I get Permanent Residency in Australia?
    Thank you.

    1. Auspire Immigration says: August 2, 2021 at 7:18 pm

      You are welcome! Glad to hear you are finding it helpful.
      Chef is a great occupation and there are a few different visas to choose from to get PR.
      Best you book a consultation so we can conduct a thorough assessment and give you detailed advice! Book here
      We look forward to assisting you!

  2. Adam Bryanjek says: September 13, 2021 at 12:23 am

    I’m a nurse from the UK. I’d love to migrate to Australia. I saw that international borders are opening very soon. My friend used your services and got her visa approved. She highly recommends your services. Can you help me with the process?
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,
    Adam

    1. Auspire Immigration says: October 19, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      Hi Adam,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes absolutely, we can help you! Nurses are in high demand in Australia. In particular, they are critical sector workers and there are many visa options, also for applicants offshore. Please book a consultation so we can provide you with advice and start your visa application process.
      We are excited for you and your future in Australia!!

  3. George Cassis says: October 10, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Hello Auspire Immigration!
    I’m a chef. Can I get a COVID Visa?

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: October 19, 2021 at 6:27 pm

      Hi George,

      Thanks for your comment. Chefs are part of the hospitality sector and are considered essential workers in a critical industry.
      Please contact our office so we can assess your eligibility for the COVID Visa.

      We look forward to assisting you!

  4. Gloria Bord says: October 17, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks so much for this update! Really appreciate the information you provide. I’ve heard a lot of great things about you and looking at getting assistance with my visa. How can I get started with you?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: October 19, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks Gloria! We’d love to assist you. The 1st step is to book a consultation so we can assess your visa options. Book your appointment here

      We look forward to assisting you. Speak soon!!

  5. Maria Diaz says: October 22, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Hi Auspire Immigration,

    Can I still apply for COVID Visa?

    Thank you for your help!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: October 25, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      Hi Maria,

      Yes, the COVID Visa is still available. There are two types: critical sector and last resort. Please contact our office so we can determine which one you need.
      We can also check if you are eligible for other visa types.

      Speak soon!

  6. Timothy Kef says: October 23, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Hi Auspire Immigration!

    I’m a chef from Spain. I have a COVID Visa and looking to get my PR. Can you help me?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: October 25, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Timothy,

      Yes of course, we can assist you. Chefs are in high demand and there are many visa options with PR pathway available.
      CContact our office and we can start your PR journey!

  7. Tom Buttle says: October 27, 2021 at 3:14 am

    Hi there,

    I have a 485 Visa and would like to apply for my PR. Can you help?

    Thanks!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: November 3, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your enquriy. Yes, we can assist.
      Please book a strategy & advice session here
      This way we find out what visa is most suitable for you and we explain all the requirements to you and get you started!

      So excited for you!!

  8. James Dell says: October 29, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Good day!

    My partner and I would like to enquire about your services for a Partner Visa.
    We look forward to hearing from you soon!

    James & Maddie

    1. Auspire Immigration says: November 3, 2021 at 7:14 pm

      Hi James & Maddie,

      Yes of course, we are happy to assist! You can find more info about Partner Visas and the process here
      Once you are ready, you can book a consultation with one of our Migration Agents and we’ll get you started – book here

      We look forward to assisting you!

  9. Gilbert Loz says: October 30, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Auspire Immigration,

    I would like your help to get my parents to Australia! How do we start the process?

    Thank you!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: November 3, 2021 at 7:10 pm

      Dear Gilbert,

      Yes of course, we can help! You can find more information on Parent Visas here
      The 1st step is to book a consultation with our legal team so we can assess the best visa option for your parents. Book here

      Speak soon!

  10. William Benf says: November 5, 2021 at 5:23 am

    Dear Auspire Team,

    I need your help. My partner and I lodged a Partner Visa and now realised we made some mistakes. Help!
    Can you please help us? We should have engaged your services in the first place. Tried to save money. Big regrets!!!
    Please help us. We really need this visa so we can be together.

    Thank you,
    Will & Nat

    1. Auspire Immigration says: November 7, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      Hi William,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Yes of course, happy to help with your Partner Visa!

      The 1st step is to book a strategy & advice session – book here

      Speak soon!

  11. Daniel Obell says: November 6, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Hello Auspire Immigration!

    Great work. My friend recommended you. You helped him and his family with the visa and travel exemption.
    I am now ready to make the big step. I would also like your help. What steps do I need to take to have you as my Migration Agent?

    Thanks!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: November 7, 2021 at 2:05 pm

      Hey Daniel,

      Thanks for your kind words.

      Yes of course, we would love to help!

      The 1st step is to book a strategy & advice session – book here

      After that we will start working on your visa!

      Chat soon 🙂

  12. Kyle Moh says: December 7, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I’m in Australia. Can I still apply for a COVID Visa?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: December 7, 2021 at 11:22 am

      Hi Kyle,

      Yes the COVID Visa is still available. There are 2 streams: essential worker or last resort. Each stream has different requirements.
      Feel free to book a strategy & advice call here so we can assist you!

  13. Frank Mearsby says: December 14, 2021 at 5:37 am

    I’m a restaurant manager and looking for work and ideally sponsorship. Do you assist with this?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: December 14, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Frank,
      Yes we can assist with finding a job and sponsorship. Check out our Vacancy page here – we work with businesses all around Australia who are looking to employ and sponsor foreign workers. Please contact our office for any further questions!

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