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Visa Update: Australia announces five major visa changes to support international students during coronavirus pandemic

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In welcome news for international students many of whom are stranded offshore due to the COVID-19 induced border restrictions, the federal government has announced a raft of changes to visa arrangements to ensure Australia continues to remain a priority study destination in a post-pandemic world.

The five major 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.


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