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Due to the coronavirus many travellers are currently stranded in Australia. What makes matters worse, many of your visas are expiring or close to expiring. Countries are closing their borders and airlines are cancelling flights. This situation is unprecedented and to be honest, there is not a set guidebook to follow.

The government has said they are taking a flexible approach to immigration cases. However, you would still need to hold a valid visa if you want to remain in Australia. We would not recommend that you allow your visa to expire and continue to remain in Australia unlawfully. This could significantly impact your future visa applications, not just to Australia, but to other countries as well.


My visa is expiring, what are my options?

  • You could look to apply for an additional visitor visa. You potentially could lodge this through your immi account. You would be applying for a Subclass 600 – visitor visa. Please note on a visitor visa you would have no work rights.


  • You could apply for a Student Visa. The student visa is probably the simplest visa you can apply for that would allow you to have restricted work rights (40 hours per fortnight). Colleges are still running and many campuses are offering distant learning. Feel free to contact Pathway to Aus if you would like to look at some different course options. You can check out different courses here.


  • You could apply for other work visas such as the second WHV, 482, 407 etc.. Please ensure you meet the requirements to do so.


  • If your visa has expired, we would recommend you contact immigration and apply for a Bridging visa E.


Please note the information provided above is general in nature. We would strongly recommend you contact your country’s Embassy in Australia for information on how to catch a flight home. Additionally feel free look up immigration updates on coronavirus here.

Coronavirus – My visa is expiring and I can’t get out! (Our Advice) was last modified: March 19th, 2020 by Pathway to Aus

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