5 new visa changes to support international students

UPDATE [6th of August] The Australian Government has just announced a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International students are extremely important to Australia and to our economy, contributing $40 billion annually and supporting 250,000 jobs. Many also go on to become great Australian citizens.

The closure of the borders has been decided a few months ago to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, letting lot of International students stuck in their home country and not able to come back.

5 visa changes have been decided to help International students and make sure they are not being further disadvantaged by COVID-19.

The changes include:

1- The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.

2- International students will be able to lodge a further student visa application free of charge if they are unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19.

[UPDATE] To be eligible, you must apply for a Student visa after midnight 5th of August 2020 and you must attach with your application a form completed by your education provider  Form 1545 COVID-19 Impacted Student (PDF – 228 KB) 
more details on the immi website here

3- Current student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.

4- Graduates who held a student visa will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa outside Australia if they are unable to return due to COVID-19.

5- Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

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.

Full article here

This come in addition to financial measures to help International students going through a financial hardship in Australia due to COVID-19.

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