Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, The Hon Alan Tudge MP issued a media release Supporting international students to support Australian jobs. International students contribute $40 billion annually to Australian Economy supporting 250,000 jobs.
Because of the pandemic, many students who were stuck outside Australia are worried about their future. However, this media release does not only support Australian Economy however ensures that International Students are not worse off due to the corona virus pandemic by introducing five major changes.
The changes include:
- 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.
Australia as a welcoming nation with a world-class education system, has made major changes in polices urging International Students to study in Australia with guaranteeing a promising future.