Student visa (subclass 500) application processing resumes

Hicksons Partner and Registered Migration Agent, Najeh Marhaba, has welcomed the announcement that the Federal Government has resumed processing of student visa (subclass 500) applications.
Najeh observed that ‘International students are an important part of our community, especially in regional areas. The current environment has created uncertainty for students overseas waiting to commence their studies as well as those students in Australia who might have visas expiring soon.’
‘We particularly welcome the announcement that current students who need to extend their visas in order to complete their studies won’t have to pay the usual visa application fee. This can be a saving of $700 per student for each application.’

Najeh further noted that student visa applicants will also be provided with additional time to meet English language requirements and some of the requirements for post-study work visas (subclasses 485 and 476) have been relaxed.
Visa and migration issues can be complex, and requirements are changing rapidly during this time. Najeh encourages any interested students to consider their Australian study options.
The experienced Hicksons Migration Assistance Service team is available to provide more information on visas and citizenship, including pathways to permanent residency and complex matters.

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