Published on September 8, 2020 | Education News| Study Abroad
Visa permits and extensions
Are you worried about visa applications? Maybe you were planning to go abroad this year or perhaps next year fall and due to covid-19, you have no status of what is going on?
Here’s a list of countries who have been processing visa permits and allowing extensions-
Concessions are being implemented for international students in Australia. Visa application charges will be waived for international students who filed for additional student visa applications if they could not complete their studies under the original visa because of COVID-19. Studies conducted online, outside of Australia will count toward the study requirement for a post-study work visa. Graduates who are outside Australia and unable to re-enter due to COVID-19 may apply for a post-study work visa outside Australia. Finally, student visa applicants will have additional time to provide English language results in the event of COVID-19 service interruptions.
A student with a pre-approval letter (letter of introduction) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) dated March 18, 2020 or earlier; is allowed entry in Canada
Until August 31, 2020.
Foreign students already in Canada that work in an essential function in certain industries may now work full time. Please contact your immigration professional for more information.
All travelers of any nationality arriving from EU/Schengen countries or the UK are permitted to enter for any purpose.
Entry from other countries is permitted for nationals of EU/Schengen countries or the UK and their dependents; travelers from Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, New Zealand, South Korea (subject to reciprocity), Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Highly qualified workers, if their employment is economically necessary and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad will be allowed. Holders of EU or German residence permits; students; those traveling for family reunification or other urgent family reasons; and those providing essential services.
The Minister of Health has suggested that there may be restrictions placed on non-essential travel to Ireland from third countries (outside of Ireland and the European Union) experiencing high Covid-19 rates by placing passengers on a new travel “red list”. All permissions that expired between March 20 and May 20, 2020 have been extended for four months from their expiration date. Check the government website for more details on visa information.
INZ has resumed processing residence and temporary entry visa applications. Applications for foreign nationals already in New Zealand will be prioritized. Specifically, for residence visas, first priority will be given to those in New Zealand with a job offer who earn at least twice the median hourly wage (currently NZD 51/hour) and who hold a current occupational registration, where this is required. For temporary entry visas, first priority will be given to applications for essential work to support the government’s response to COVID-19; applications involving an urgent humanitarian need; applications for travel under the APEC travel program; diplomatic visa applications; and all other temporary entry visa applications for applicants already in the country. Applications for applicants not yet in New Zealand will be given second priority.
Non-EU nationals in the UK for work or study are allowed to work or study from home.Sponsors are not required to withdraw sponsorship if a student is unable to attend classes for more than 60 days or an employee is absent from work and not paid for four weeks or more if the sponsor considers the circumstances exceptional due to the corona virus. The Home Office will not take any compliance action against students or employees who are absent from classes/work due to the corona virus or sponsors who continue to sponsor them.
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