23 Apr 2020

We recognise that the travel ban has generated a lot of concern regarding activating visas within the specified time frame but fear not! If you are fortunate enough to have been granted a provisional skilled visa (489,491). The department of immigration has suggested that they will not cancel your visa if you were unable to activate it due to the COVID-19.

Condition 8504 - Must enter Australia before specified date

The Department has provided information for the holders of skilled and business visas who were offshore at the time of grant and are subject to Condition 8504 'must enter before a specified date'.

Skilled visas

Skilled Migration is aware that in certain circumstances the visa holder and/or family members may not be able to comply with this condition. Failure to comply with visa conditions can render a visa liable for cancellation under the Migration Act 1958 and visa holders are strongly encouraged to make their first entry to Australia by the initial entry date provided in your grant notification.
However, generally the Department will not seek to cancel a Skilled visa where the only reason for doing so would be breach of this condition related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This information applies to the following visa subclasses:
• Skilled Independent (subclass 189)
• Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)
• Skilled Regional (subclass 489)
• Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491)

Source; MIA

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