Temporary visa refund for international students applying to Australia

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Thu, 01/20/2022 - 10:48

Australia has introduced another measure to make it a more attractive destination for international students. Any student visa holder who is not in Australia and travels to the country between 19 January and 19 March 2022 will be eligible for a refund on their visa application charge (VAC). 

The refund will also be applicable to new student visa applicants. The government has stated that applications "will be processed quickly so applicants can come to Australia during the refund window".

International students in Australia to be allowed to work more hours a week

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Fri, 01/14/2022 - 15:32

All international students in Australia will soon be allowed to work more than 20 hours per week (40 hours a fortnight) without compromising the conditions of their student visa.

This temporary change has been made to help plug the shortage of workers that Australia is currently facing as more and more people are having to isolate amid an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

The 40-hour limit was previously lifted in May 2021 for any students working in the hospitality and tourism sector.

Scholarship of the month: Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Mon, 01/10/2022 - 11:24

The 2022-2023 application cycle for the Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme is now open until 31 March 2022. 

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships for students from select developing countries to pursue a postgraduate education. 

Australia scraps special permissions for international students to enter and increases post-study work visa rights

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Wed, 12/15/2021 - 11:15

From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated students will be able to enter Australia without a special permit.

This is a welcome announcement for international students who have been campaigning to return to Australia to resume their studies in-person for the past 18 months.

To be eligible, students must have tested negative for Covid-19 in the three days prior to travelling and must be fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines that have been approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration. Students must also self-isolate for three days upon arrival. 

Scholarship of the month: Google Generation Scholarships

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Tue, 11/16/2021 - 11:51

Google has now opened up applications for its 2022 scholarships for international students.

A variety of different scholarships are available for different student groups and in a selection of countries and regions around the world.

Most students will be required to submit an online application and to supply a range of supporting materials.

International students would be more likely to choose a US university if it mandated vaccine passports

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Fri, 10/08/2021 - 11:11

Prospective international students considering studying in the US would be more likely to apply to a university if it mandated Covid-19 passports to attend, research by THE Student has found. 

In a survey of 440 prospective international students conducted by the THE consultancy team, 44 per cent of respondents stated that they would be much more likely to attend and 15 per cent said they would be somewhat more likely to attend a university if it mandated Covid-19 passports.

Small number of international students to be allowed into Australia this year

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Tue, 09/28/2021 - 10:41

The Australian state of New South Wales has announced that a group of international students will be allowed to enter the state by the end of this year.

On arrival, students will be required to quarantine for two weeks in a purpose-built facility in Sydney. It is estimated that approximately 500 students will arrive by the end of 2021. 

However, only students who have been fully vaccinated with vaccines that have been approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will be allowed to participate in the programme.