The Immigration department has announced today that they will start granting student visas offshore, students affected by COVID will be eligible for free new visas and they will give allowances and concessions for 485 post study work visas
5 Changes to accomodate the effects COVID 19 on the international graduate community!
Grants of student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia will recommence, so visa holders will be ready to travel when borders reopen
Free VACs for international students who lodge further student visa applications, if they were unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19
Current student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be have that study counted towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa
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
Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services
The above arrangements is fantastic news to all those who have been affected by the pandemic.
Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said in a press release that 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.
This goes some way to acknowledge and show appreciation for the International students who are extremely important to Australia and the economy, contributing $40 billion annually and supporting 250,000 jobs, as it is Australias fourth largest export sector.
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