Student visa fee waiver eligibility for all affected international students.

Student visa fee waiver eligibility for all affected international students.

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Zheng Gong started this petition to Peter Dutton (Minister for Home Affairs) and

Recently, the Australia Department of Home Affairs announced that there will be a fee waiver for student visa applications/extensions due to COVID-19 restrictions. This fee waiver program only applies to applications after the 5th of August, 2020.

However, because the Australian government previously suggested that a pilot program was planned to bring international students who have a valid student visa back to Australia, many students have already applied for an extension beforehand and have paid for the already expensive visa extension fee. Furthermore, many international students already suffer great monetary losses as they are unable to return.

Therefore, it is only fair for the government to open the fee waiver eligibility to all international student visa extensions due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. 

Personally, my girlfriend is amongst one of the students unable to return to Australia to continue her studies. Travel restrictions meant she was going to have to extend her studies as she was unable to attend essential classes on campus. She is not eligible for the fee waiver as she applied just two weeks before the program was even announced.

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