The Australian Government has today announced a number of changes to Student and Graduate visa arrangements following the disruptions caused by COVID-19, addressing some key issues raised by International Students and Universities alike.
The following information has been made available so far.
Australian Study Requirement
International Students who currently hold a valid Student visa and are studying online from overseas will be able to count that study period towards the Australian Study Requirement for a Graduate Post-Study work visa.
Graduate Applications from Overseas
International Students who have completed their studies will be able to apply for a Graduate visa from outside Australia if they are stuck overseas due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Student visa applications will start processing again, so visa holders are ready to travel when the Australian borders reopen.
Fee Free Applications
Certain International Students will be able to lodge a new Student visa application without fee if they were not able to complete their studies during the validity period of their original Student visa due to COVID-19.
English Testing Extended
Applicants will be given additional time to provide English language test results where there have been disruptions to testing services due to COVID-19.
There are many International Students and recent Graduates who have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions, so the announcement from the Australian Government is very welcome.
Updates will be released on the Acacia Immigration website as they become available.