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COVID-19 and Student Visa Holders

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant many changes for International Students. The way courses are normally delivered has changed and so have some of the conditions with the student visas. The government has taken a flexible approach in regards to attendance at class and the work limitations. Many students work in critical sectors and the government has acknowledged the increase in work demand for some of these students. The 40 hour work limitation per fortnight has been relaxed temporarily so the students working in supermarkets or the aged care sector can provide much needed assistance to their employers. This will continue until 1 May 2020 and will then return to the 40 hour fortnight work limit. Students who are enrolled in a nursing course can work in the health industry, where appropriate during the pandemic response.

Your employers should have received information from the Government about these changes and apply only to those working in these roles prior to the COVID-19 pandemic response.

If you are an international student who is unable to support yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should make arrangements to return home where possible.

If you are unsure on what this means for you or what your next step should be, we are able to help. Please get in touch either by going to and filling in our survey or email us at

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