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 5  Visa Changes For The International Students Affected By COVID 19

The Australian Government has brought in  5 key changes to the international student visa. These changes have been brought in  to  improve the situation for international students affected by Covid-19 and ensure that Australia remains a key destination for international students. The changes are as follows:

  • The government will recommence granting student visas for offshore applicants.  International students will be able to make travel arrangements as soon as borders reopen.
  •  Students who were unable to complete their studies due to Covid-19 will now be able to relodge their application free of charge.
  • Students who have been forced to study offshore/online due to Covid-19 can still count this study towards requirements for a post-study visa.
  • Graduates holding a student visa but are unable to return to Australia will also be eligible to apply for a post-study visa.
  • Additional time will be granted for applicants to provide English language test results where these services have been disrupted. 

    Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said the changes provide assurance to international students already in Australia and those who haven’t been able to travel due to COVID-19 border closures.

    “These measures back the international education sector – our fourth-largest export sector – and will assist its recovery,” Mr Tudge said.

    “In making these changes, we have been guided by the principles that the health of Australians is key, but that international student should not be further disadvantaged by COVID-19.

    “We are a welcoming nation with a world-class education system and some of the lowest rates of COVID-19 in the world. Students want to study here and we want to welcome them back in a safe and measured way when it is safe to do so.

    “Doing so will not only support the education sector, it will also have flow-on effects for many local communities and businesses, including accommodation services, tourism, hospitality, and retail.”

    Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the changes would give international students confidence in their visa arrangements so they can make plans to study in Australia when it is safe to do so.

    “Our remarkable efforts in controlling the spread of the virus mean we can begin to welcome back international students in a COVID safe way once state borders re-open and face-to-face learning resumes,” Mr Tehan said.

    “As well as supporting jobs, international education builds our connection to the rest of the world and supports a number of critical industries like health, aged and disability care.”

    The Government has previously relaxed work restrictions for international students working in the health, aged, and disability care sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also been flexible in cases where the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented international students from meeting their visa conditions, such as not being able to attend classes in person.

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Source:Home Affairs

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