Temporary visa holders who are ineligible to return to Australia due to the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions will be refunded or waived from the visa application charge (VAC) next time they apply for a visa, the Australian government has announced.
Through the new changes applied by the Australian government, temporary skilled workers together with visitor visa holders will be allowed for a future visa application fee waiver, once travel restrictions are put to an end, VisaGuide.World reports.
Acting Immigration Minister of Australia, Alan Tudge stressed that the country continues to be an attractive destination for temporary visa holders and tourists “who often fill critical skills shortages where locals can’t fill vacancies.”
“Tourists, working holidaymakers, seasonal and pacific workers, prospective partners and temporary skilled workers whose travel has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible,” Tudge pointed out.
Persons who own a visitor visa, which is set to expire between March 2020 and December 2021, will also be eligible for waivers. In this decision are included parents, family members as well as visitors who had planned to visit Australia.
Besides the refund of the visa application charge, Australia’s government lately has been on the media’s spotlight for another announcement. Last week, authorities in Australia stressed that internationals who keep a relationship with citizens of Australia would first need to undergo an English language test, in order to enter the country through the partner visa program.
In this regard, Australia’s federal government assured that overseas nationals would not be banned from entering, due to the newly imposed requirements.
Visitors are not the only one that has been affected by the pandemic in terms of visa issues. In April, VisaGuide.World reported that about 90,000 temporary graduate visa holders in Australia were stranded in the country without financial help, amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic outbreak.