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International Student Return
We acknowledge that 2020 has been a very strange and difficult year for many people, and here at ANU, we miss our international students who have been stranded abroad.
Unfortunately, the pilot program to bring international students back to ANU has been delayed. This is very disappointing for our staff and students, but we will continue to work with the ACT Government on this program and we will let you know as soon as possible about when it might resume. As always, the safety and wellbeing of our community is our highest priority.
We know that this may be a challenging time, but please be assured that regardless of whether you're studying remotely or in person with us, we're committed to supporting your studies and making sure you have the best learning experience possible.
Our Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) provided the latest update
on the pilot program and international student return on 15 October and we will update students when we have more information.
The Government has announced a range of visa measures to support students. The measures will be temporary and will continue for as long as necessary. See Minister's media release.
Student visa fee
The Australian Government is temporarily waiving the visa application fee to allow students to lodge a further student visa application to complete their study. This is available to certain students who held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and who couldn't complete their course within their original visa validity due to the impacts of COVID-19. This includes students who:
- Deferred their study as they were unable to enter Australia due to travel restrictions.
- Were forced to reduce to a part-time study load. This means that you cannot receive the form if the reduced study load or leave was voluntary. The form only applies when a course that is normally offered was not offered by ANU because of COVID-19 meaning that you could not study full-time in that semester and were forced to reduce your load.
- Were unable to complete their work-based training and/or placements.
This measure is not intended for students who are applying for a new student visa due to ordinary reasons (including if you have failed a course or a unit of study, deferred for personal reasons or voluntarily reduced your study load.)
To be eligible, you must apply for a Student visa online and you must attach a completed Form 1545 COVID-19 Impacted Student (PDF - 228 KB) with a valid Student visa application. At ANU the 1545 form is completed by the Academic Standards and Quality Office.
Where to send your Form 1545 COVID-19 Impacted Student:
At ANU the 1545 form is completed by the Academic Standards and Quality Office. Please email your completed form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Refunds will not be available for students who have already applied for a Student visa. Only new applications will be eligible to have the application fee waived.
Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa eligibility
The Australian Government has temporarily changed the requirements for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa for certain students who have been impacted by COVID-19. Specifically, online study undertaken outside Australia as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions will count towards the Australian Study Requirement for existing and new student visa holders.
Offshore student visa grants
The Australian Government has indicated that they have recommenced granting visas for students who lodged a student visa application outside Australia where all the requirements are met.
While travel restrictions remain in place, you cannot travel to Australia.
For up-to-date information regarding visas, including information about staying, leaving or coming to Australia, visit:
For information about your work rights during the coronavirus outbreak, visit:
ANU support services
The University provides a range of support services to all students, both domestic and international, to support their wellbeing, learning and development while at ANU. We also have teams providing COVID-19 support and advice.
Our inclusive community
The ANU community is inclusive, open and respectful. In other words, we do not discriminate, and we do not accept discriminatory behaviour. If you should experience or witness such behaviours on campus or in the community, we want you to know whom you can talk to about this, how you can be supported, and the ways that you can report these behaviours.
For guidance on reporting incidents of discrimination and racism visit https://www.anu.edu.au/students/communities-events/our-values/reporting-incidents-of-discrimination-and-racism.
For guidance on being an effective bystander and calling out racist behaviors visit https://www.anu.edu.au/students/communities-events/our-values/bystander-anti-racism
Government and other support services
Australian and ACT Government resources that international students can access for support: