The Hon Ministers Alan Tudge and Dan Tehan have released a joint media statement outlining the arrangements to be put in place for student visa applicants and student visa holders who have been impacted by the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The release notes five (5) visa changes:
🔹 Grants of student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia will recommence, so visa holders will be ready to travel when borders reopen
🔹 Free Visa Application Charge (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
As these announcements will required legislative changes, there is no further detail available at the moment and we will update you further at that time.
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