The Australian government announced several important developments for student visa processing earlier this week in a bid to “ensure international students are not worse off due to the coronavirus pandemic and that Australia remains competitive with other countries.”
First and foremost, Australia will resume processing of student visa applications, meaning that “when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.”
Also related to visa processing:
- Students who previously held an Australian study visa but were unable to complete their studies because of the pandemic will also be entitled to file an additional visa application free of charge.
- Students will be granted additional time to provide English language test results in cases where normal testing services have been disrupted by the pandemic.