Covid-19 brought global travel to a halt, along with many other plans for everyone around the world in 2020.
With a new year though, things are changing. With vaccines being rolled out in most countries, and with a better understanding of the virus and better precautions being taken by all, things are slowly getting back to a ‘new’ normal.
What does all this mean for those looking to study abroad? It is slowly becoming possible to once again travel to your chosen country for studies, though there are a few additional things to consider.
Australia is one of the popular destinations for students wanting to study abroad. Currently the country is a leading example in managing the virus effectively, with less than 150 new cases reported as of 10th January. With public safety and well-being at the forefront of their minds here is what you need to know if you are planning to travel to Australia for your studies.
Emigration to Australia During COVID
Currently Australia’s borders are closed to anyone who is not an Australian, resident or has immediate family members in Australia. Anyone travelling to Australia from the above categories need to undergo 14 days mandatory quarantine as well as other health guidelines and requirements depending on the area of travel.
However, the granting of student visas has re-commenced in Australia and you can apply for your student visa and have it ready to enter the country once the borders are opened.
No charges for applications on visa extensions
The Australian government understand that as a popular destination for students wanting to study abroad, they need to consider the needs of their international students. They have taken the following decisions on visas based on the importance of international students to Australia’s future and economy:
- 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.
- 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.
In addition to the above the Australian government has also decided to provide additional time for applicants to provide their English language results where Covid-19 may have disrupted those services within their respective countries.
Who can apply for the Visa application fee waiver?
The visa application fee waiver is available to students who held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and were unable to complete their course within their original visa validity. This includes the following groups of students:
- Those who had to defer their studies as they were unable to enter Australia due to travel restrictions.
- Those who were forced to reduce to a part-time study load.
- Those who were unable to complete their work-based training or placements.
This measure is not intended for students who are applying for a new student visa.
Students who already have visa, but are in their home countries, can commence studying online. You will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.
If you have already commenced studying online but do not have a student visa, it is recommended that you apply for your student visa now, so that when borders re-open you can travel to Australia to continue your studies onsite at your chosen university.
For further details and help regarding the visa process to Australia, feel free to contact Adventus Education.
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