Migration Amendment (Postgraduate Research in Critical Technology—Student Visa Conditions) Regulations 2022

Migration Amendment (Postgraduate Research in Critical Technology—Student Visa Conditions) Regulations 2022, dated 23 June 2022 amends the Migration Regulation 1994 to replace visa conditions 8204A and 8204B by the new, more targeted, clearer visa condition 8208 which applies to Student visas Subclass 500 to screen for and manage the risk of unwanted transfer of Australia’s…

Temporary Removal of Limitations on Working Hours for Student Visa Holders

From 19 January 2022, the Australian Government has lifted the limitations of working 40 hours per fortnight for international students, across all sectors to provide immediate assistance to Australian businesses currently facing critical workforce shortages. This relaxation is applicable for all current student visa holders as well as new student arrivals. International students can work…

International Student Arrival Plan

To enable international students who are ineligible to travel without an exemption, Australian state and territory governments are developing an international student arrival plan. Under this plan, the state or territory government and the education providers will work in coordination with each other to enable the return of eligible international students to Australia. The participants…

Formulation of National Plan to Transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response

The Prime Minister has announced formulation a four-stage plan to reopen Australia, including reopening international borders, titled ‘The National Plan to Transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response’. The plan focusses at no imposition of lockdowns (except in extreme circumstances) and opening international borders as COVID-19 vaccination rate rises. The four stages are as follows: Vaccinate, prepare…

Information on student visa applications

The Department of Home Affairs have released information on 21 October 2020 under Freedom of Information request (FOI) providing information on Student visa (subclass 500) applications lodged between 01/01/2019 and 30/09/2019 and 01/01/2020 and 30/09/2020, where applicant location in Australia and outside Australia. According to the information, the following number of 500 visa applications were…