The World Health Organization (WHO) Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) declaration has had a significant impact on Australia and its economy. Now entering its sixth week the ban is significantly impacting Australia’s higher education sector. Australian educational institutions are working with students to ensure there are minimal disruptions to courses. Many universities and some secondary schools are utilizing online learning platforms and live streaming to allow students to participate in classes. New legislation introduced in regards to former student (subclass 500) visa holders and visitor visa (subclass 600) holders apply only if their respective visas were cancelled due to PHEIC – public health emergency of international concern i.e. corona virus.
IMPACT ON FORMER STUDENT VISA HOLDERS Applicants can now lodge paper applications, in addition to online applications, if the applicant receives an email from DOHA outlining the application procedure. The application is lodged by midnight on the day after the email was received according to instructions in the email.
If the applicant is outside Australia, application may be made at a Commonwealth diplomatic or consular office.
If applicants are in Australia and reapply for a student visa within 3 months after the cancellation of their first visa, the visa application charge (AUD $620) will be waived.
IMPACT ON FORMER VISITOR VISA HOLDERS Applicants must lodge a paper-based application if the following apply. Currently in Australia and make the application within 3 months after the cancellation of their first visa. Submit on the approved form according to the directions specified in the email received from DOHA. If applicants are in Australia and reapply for a visitor visa within 3 months after the cancellation of their first visa, the visa application charge (AUD $365) will be waived.
Contact our Registered Migration Agents at Migration Centre of Australia on 02 46261002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance with any visa queries. We have some of the best visa agents in Sydney who will be pleased to help you