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Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that from 19 January, any overseas student who arrives in Australia would have their visa rebated for “choosing Australia” and hopes the initiative will inspire international students to return to the country. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the visa rebate scheme would cost AUD 55 million.
The visa rebate program will cover a $630 fee for international students for the next eight weeks for student visa holders travelling to Australia from 19 January to 19 March 2022. The announcement comes in line with Morrison’s previous statement that the federal government will also remove the 40-hour-a-fortnight cap on student visa-holder workers, which would mean international students will no longer have restrictions on the number of hours they can work.
The rebate will be available for the next eight weeks and be organised through the Department of Home Affairs, considering there are approximately 150,000 students currently overseas who have an approved visa to come and study in Australia.
International students returning to the country must be fully vaccinated and subjected to quarantine arrangements organised by each state.
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