Changes to assist overseas students for Australian study

Due to the closure of international borders and the impact to the education sector and students, the Australian government will introduce changes to assist overseas students.

These five visa changes will ensure international students are not worse off due to the coronavirus pandemic and that Australia remains competitive with other countries.

The changes include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

The specific details and legislation for these changes are yet to be made available. We will provide details once available.

ANZ Migration is a specialised firm in migration to Australia and New Zealand. We are now able to enrol students in all universities and most education institutions across Australia and NZ. We can recommend education through to residence pathways.

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