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Travel & visa in the time of Covid-19

Our student community remains the top priority at iae GLOBAL Sydney (iaeG Sydney). We want to ensure that all international students, both here in Australia and overseas, are aware of the current situation concerning travel and visa. We will do our best to continue supporting students through online customer care and virtual services.

Stay informed, connected and supported with iaeG Sydney. We’re all #InThisTogether


Travel and border curbs

There are currently restrictions on travel to and entering Australia. Only Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members are able to enter Australia.

  • The Australian Border Force Commissioner may only consider a travel exemption on a case-by-case basis to:

  • foreign nationals travelling at the invitation of the Australian Government

  • individuals providing critical medical services and persons with critical skills to support the national effort

  • diplomats accredited to Australia

  • travellers with compelling humanitarian or compassionate reasons

International students or bridging visa holders who do not meet any of these categories cannot travel to Australia.

All travellers arriving in Australia will be placed in a mandatory quarantine for 14 days from their arrival.

Non-citizens and non-residents can return to their home country if it is safe and possible to do so. There is no travel restriction to leave Australia.


Impact on student visa application

Student visa application services provided by iaeG Sydney are still available, although we have moved online.

Here are some things you should know:

Australian visa requirements remain the same during the lockdown.

If you are applying for a visa, be mindful that you may take longer to meet your visa requirements, given that some related services such as medical examinations by panel doctors, English language test facilities and biometrics collection may not be readily available.


Students in Australia:

If you are staying in Australia, it is still important to stay legal and lawful within your visa conditions while under the restricted movement order. Despite the current situation, student visas cannot be extended. You must still apply for a new visa if:

• You cannot return to your home country and your visa is expiring

• You need more time in Australia to complete your course

If you decide to apply for a new student visa, you should make your application at least six weeks before your existing visa expires. There is however no need to provide proof that you have been impacted by the lockdown.

If your study in Australia is ending, you can apply for a Visitor

Visa (subclass 600). You need to do this before your student visa expires.