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What has happened to the Pandemic Event (subclass 408) visa?
  • The Pandemic Event (subclass 408) visa will be closed out - in a staged manner. From 2 September 2023, the Pandemic Event visa will only be open to applications from existing Pandemic Event visa holders (with an A$405 visa application charge). The visa will close to all applicants on 1 February 2024. This may impact PALM scheme workers who hold a Pandemic Event visa as well as their employers. 
  • For further information, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website, this factsheet (available in sending country languages) and these detailed frequently asked questions.