re: COVID-19 LAY-OFFS and Permanent Residency VISA applications
- For context, we have been in Australia for over 6yrs - Originally from the UK.
I was wondering if anyone can give us some advice?
My partner had several people laid-off from his workplace this week due to COVID-19 and the company is getting into financial difficulties because of this virus. My partner has completed the 2 years of work in this job - so he is eligible to apply for PR (186 visa) from now. HOWEVER. Our worries are that his employer will no longer be able to pay for this visa to be processed due to the current climate.
What are our options if this is the case?
Can we offer to pay for the visa if they agree to lodge it on our behalf?
Will there be any 'special circumstances' allowed in cases like this where there are people that ARE eligible but the Employer can no longer afford it?
- On a separate note, they have all received substantial pay cuts because of COVID-19. Does anyone know the legalities behind this? / How long an employer can cut pay/ what documentation we should be provided around this?
Thank you to all that give advice and help and to those in a similar position - you are not alone!