Impact of Travel Ban on your VISA

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that the travel ban would come into place from 9 pm Friday (20 March 2020)

 

This means that only citizens, residents or a direct family member will be allowed to enter Australia.

🔹 489/491 VISA Holders

As 489/491 Visa holders are not Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen yet, as long the ban is in place, these visa holders if offshore currently will not be allowed to be back in Australia. 

🔹 Will any concessions be available for visa holders unable to comply with their current visa conditions?

However, the department is taking a flexible approach to visa holders in these circumstances, including in the following situations:

 

Requests for waiver of the ‘No Further Stay’ condition (8503, 8534 and 8535)

Timeframes in relation to health, character and English language requirements for applicants.

🔹 Student VISA Holders

Student Visa holders, for the time being, are not allowed to enter Australia until the Ban is lifted. 

However, concessions may be available for students who have been unable to return to Australia due to the travel ban.

The Department of Home Affairs plays no role in authorizing the modes of study for international students and is guided by education sector regulators, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards  Agency (TEQSA)  and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), on whether students can count online learning towards completion of their course.

But, we expect that the government will take action in the foreseeable future to assist the International Students on their way back to Australia once the ban is lifted. 

👉 For any VISA, Immigration-related updates and Education related query, book a FREE Consultation with us.

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