Since July 2020, the Australian Government has made many changes to support international students and those wishing to study in Australia.
If your student visa is expiring and you wish to continue your study in Australia, you’ll need to lodge a new application before your visa expires.
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.
Who can apply for the fee waiver?
The Department of Home Affairs states: ‘This will be available to students who held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and who couldn’t complete their course within their original visa validity due to the impacts of COVID-19.’
In order to have your application for fee waiver considered, you must apply for a Student visa after midnight AEST from Wednesday 5 August 2020. Those who applied before August 5 are not eligible for a refund.
How to apply for the fee waiver
Regardless of whether or not you’re located in Australia, you must apply for this visa online.
In addition to your student visa application, you will need to attach a completed form from your education provider, who will be required to show how COVID-19 has affected your visa requirements.
For the most up to date information on student visas affected by COVID-19, visit the Department of Home Affairs.