IMMIGRATION NEWS – Ministers’ Press release

IMMIGRATION NEWS – Ministers’ Press release.

Student Visa.

Given the importance of international students to Australia and our economy, the Morrison government has issued a Media release making some changes to student visa arrangements.

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.
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.

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.

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.

Watch this space for further developments….