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BREAKING NEWS for international students affected by COVID-19 pandemic

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The Morrison Government plan to make changes so that international students are not worse off due to the pandemic.

Proposed changes:

– Grants of offshore student visas to recommence so students can travel to Australia without delay as soon as the border reopens

– International Student unable to complete studies due to COVID-19 will be able to lodge further student visa-free of government charge

– Online study outside Australia due to COVID-19 can count towards post-study work visa requirements

– Offshore applications for a post-study work visa

– Additional time to provide English language results where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services

The Government has previously relaxed work restrictions for international students. Working in the health, aged and disability care sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also been flexible in cases where the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented international students meeting their visa conditions.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the changes would give international students confidence in their visa arrangements so they can make plans to study in Australia when it is safe to do so.

“Our remarkable efforts in controlling the spread of the virus. Soon we can begin to welcome back international students in a safe way once state borders re-open and face-to-face learning resumes,” Mr Tehan

“As well as supporting jobs, international education builds our connection to the rest of the world. Supports a number of critical industries like health and disability care.”

https://ministers.dese.gov.au/tudge/supporting-international-students-support-australian-jobs

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