Study visas to resume20 July 2020 by News Desk
Study in Australia can resume after the government this week began issuing new study visas.
Overseas students will be allowed to learn remotely and keep graduate work rights.
The government has acted after plans to allow overseas students to study in Australia through quarantine hotels were put on hold due to a resurgence of COVID-19 in Victoria.
International students help to contribute $40 billion a year to the economy.
The government will resume issuing student visas at “all locations” outside Australia, so students can arrange travel as soon as restrictions were lifted.
Students who already have visas will be able to count the time they spend learning remotely towards requirements for a post-study work visa.
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Students have also been given extra time to provide English-language test results.
Dan Tehan, Minister for Education, said the changes would give international students confidence.
“Our remarkable efforts in controlling the spread of the virus mean we can begin to welcome back international students in a COVID-safe way once state borders reopen and face-to-face learning resumes,” he said.
Australia is locked in a battle with other leading countries to win overseas students. The UK is allowing international students to enter if they self-isolate for 14 days.
A recent survey of international students found more than three-quarters would be willing to participate in quarantine programs if it meant beginning face-to-face learning sooner.
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