Chandigarh, 28 March
With the easing of restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Australia, one of the best countries to study abroad, is once again pursuing Indian students. In an effort to attract students from the Chandigarh region to study in Australia, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission organized a road show in the city today highlighting various initiatives taken by the government to support international students.
The Australian Commission on Trade and Investment has also launched an Australian Industry Studies Program (SAIEP) for current Indian students at Australian universities to improve their employment skills.
The Australian Government is proposing a number of new visa support initiatives for international students and graduates, including: refund of visa fees for international students and visa fees for Covid-19, extra time for English language tests and health checks, replacement of temporary visas for graduates and extending periods of “stay and work”.
Students who are already in Australia who had a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and were unable to complete their course in the initial visa period due to Covid-19 may be eligible for the cancellation of a student visa application fee (VAC ) when applying for a new student visa.
Under the new proposals, eligible visa holders will be able to apply at any time until 31 December 2022.
Under the temporary easing of work restrictions, there will be no restrictions on the number of hours that students can work while studying in Australia.
These changes will be considered in April 2022. Students must still meet satisfactory requirements for course enrollment, attendance, and progress.
Graduates who had a valid temporary alumni visa (subclass 485) were outside Australia at any time from 1 February 2020 to 14 December 2021 and lost time in Australia as a result of international restrictions on COVID-19 travel, will receive a visa extended to September 30, 2022 This extension should give eligible graduates time to apply for a visa replacement.
According to Monica Kennedy, Senior Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Australian Government, “The length of stay for holders of temporary diploma visas (subclass 485) has been extended from two to three years for masters graduates for the Master of Research graduates. Graduates of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector will also receive a two-year temporary visa for graduates. ”
In the last five months, Indian citizens have received 28,785 student visas, Ms. Kennedy said. “The Australian Government has worked hard to obtain student visas to ensure that Indian students can return to Australia to start their studies for Semester 1 2022. The surge in applications has been successfully processed with 15,310 visas issued from 22 November 2021 to March 18, 2022 and more than 25,000 students arriving in Australia to start or resume studies at quality Australian educational institutions, ”she added.
More information about Study Australia and the support of Indian students can be found at https://www.studyaustralia.gov.au/india