The Australian Govt. has announced some new updates in visa arrangements for international students who are unable to come back to Australia due to COVID.
The Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alan Tudge in a joint media release has announced that the Australian Government will make some changes in their visa arrangements to support international students.
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.
The changes include:
Yes, you may lodge student visa. If granted, you will be able to travel to Australia once the international border is open and flights resumes.
You cannot be automatically granted or extended your student visa if it has expired. You need to apply for another student visa.
As per the Minister announcement, yes you will be allowed to apply for this visa. Keep in mind, this is just an announcement, not a legislative change. It may take some time for this announcement to be implemented and be in effect.
Yes, you should continue your studies online to maintain your visa condition. As most of the schools/Universities are offering online classes. If your visa has expired, you need to apply for a new visa. It may be advantageous to apply for a new visa while offshore before your current visa expires.
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