On 20 July the Australian Government announced a number of changes to student visa arrangements to support international students.
These changes include:
1. 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. Eligibility requirements for a post-study work visa (Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) will be relaxed for applicants who are enrolled with an Australian education provider and have been impacted by COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions
3. Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results, biometric collection, and health checks where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.
These changes will help give international students confidence in their visa arrangements so that they can make plans to study in Australia when it is safe to do so.
Media release – https://ministers.dese.gov.au/…/supporting-international-st…