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Aus: visa changes apply to new students

Australia has confirmed that new students will be eligible for measures allowing students to count online studies overseas towards post-study work permits, announced earlier in July.

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The measures included recommencing of student visa processes, with fee waivers in some instances

“Existing and new student visa holders who undertake online study outside Australia because of Covid-19 will be able to count this towards the Australian Study Requirement,” the government confirmed on its website.

“It’s important that changes to visa processes ensure students get a fair go”

The measures included recommencing of student visa processes with fee waivers in some instances, as well as additional time given to provide English language test results.

However, Universities Australia had previously voiced concern that measures allowing students to count online studies completed overseas were only applicable for current students.

“We welcome the sensible changes to visa arrangements for those currently enrolled, and also for prospective students,” Universities Australia chief executive, Catriona Jackson said.

“It’s important that changes to visa processes ensure students get a fair go and are not disadvantaged by the impact of Covid-19,” she added.

“International students fund their own education and make an invaluable contribution to Australia’s culture and economy.”

Clarity around visas is important for the sector ahead of borders eventually being opened.

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23 Responses to Aus: visa changes apply to new students

  1. The information ‘re. Student visa & PSWV (subclass 485 is interesting. Wish to be enlighten for Internationals actually at Melbourne with 485 visa expiring in the months to come ( Sept) Due to closure of border, what is the course of action for the international to take to apply for another visa.
    She was also to be granted a Study Work Sponsorship. Nothing is finalised yet.
    Thanking you.

  2. Has the student visa process started for Kenyans .Biometrics Nairobi has not been opened?for those that applied visa but did not do biometrics due to covid.

  3. Do anyone know about 476 visa….I have applied in the month of February 2020 and now I am waiting for that….is there any changes in that?

  4. I would like to know if one takes on a online course at an australian university like a graduate certificate which is registered for 6 months, or a Diploma or graduate diploma that is registered for a year, would one be able to claim post study work rights for those courses as well? Given one completed a bachelor degree in another country and would want to upskill to gain access to work experience in australia on a graduate visa?

  5. Visa changes is applicable to TSS students who has paid lakhs of rupees to Australia govt. This is totally injustice with work permit visa holders by govt.

  6. What about when I turn 50 in April 2021 and graduate in October after a fours degree study. Could i be granted post study work visa.

    • When will I be able to get my biometrics done?they are still closed in Zimbabwe therefore my Visa cannot be processed😩

  7. What can i do to apply for direct PR? What are the criteria to be fulfilled to get direct PR? Or , Which education degree/course is eligible to apply for direct PR ? Can someone please let me know. I have completed my graduation in accounting and finance in 2019. I want to pursue for further studies in Australia. I have 1 year experience at work as an accountant. Its an humble request if someone can help me out by looking at this matter.

  8. How can i take biometrics at VFS as currently all been closed. I been given a tight deadlines to meet. Please advice. I have send enquiries email but not getting any response.

    Please assist me. Thank you.

  9. The information ‘re. Student visa & PSWV (subclass 485 is interesting. Wish to be enlighten for Internationals actually in Sydney who’s student visa has expired in June , Due to closure of border, what is the course of action for the international to take to apply for the 485 thank you.

  10. -Does anyone know when these rules will come in action??? (Any specific date)
    -Does this also include the students who already surpassed the 6 months time frame to apply 485 visa due to this pandemic…. who got strangled in their home country and could not return to Australia to lodge 485 visa??
    For instance, I completed my post graduate degree in March 3 and came back to my country for a short family visit but got strangled here…. i have only one month left to apply for PSW…. will these new rules consider student like us??

  11. I would like know about graduate visa 485. I have completed diploma of Hospitality in 5th August 2019, My last date was 4th February for lodge application, but for Covid 19 affected my visa process.I came to Italy for a holiday in December and I could no go Australia. Can I lodge application now.

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