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Important updates for future international students in Australia

The Australian government recently announced a number of changes on student visa arrangements that can help future international students travel to or work in the country when borders re-open.

Here’s a summary of the said changes:

1. Granting of student visa

The Australian government will start granting student visas again soon. 

For students who haven’t applied for a student visa, best to do it as early as now so you can make travel arrangements as soon as your visa is approved and the travel ban has been lifted.

Current student visa holders can apply for visa extension if you are unable to complete your studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19. This is free of charge.

2. Impact on post-study work rights

International students in Australia are eligible to work there full-time after completing their studies through the post-study work rights (PSW). The duration of PSW depends on the student’s completed degree.

- 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.

- Students who are currently enrolled but have not applied for a student visa will not be able to use that study period to count towards their post-study work rights eligibility period.

3. English language requirements

The deadline to submit proof of English language proficiency such as results of IELTS test will be extended for incoming students who will apply for student visa. This is for students located in areas where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

Sources: Australian Department of Education, Skills, and Employment and Australian Department of Home Affairs

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