Visa changes announced as Govt urges some to leave Australia

Temporary visa holders in Australia who can’t support themselves during the coronavirus crisis are being urged to go home.

The Federal Government has announced changes to some visas which will see some people allowed to stay longer, while others may be forced to leave.

Some visa holders will also be allowed to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation that they’ve accrued while working in Australia.


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People on temporary skilled visas who have been stood down or had their hours reduced will have no changes to their visa.

But those who have been laid off will have to find a new employer to sponsor them within 60 days or will have to leave.

New Zealanders in Australia on 444 visas are also being advised to consider going home if they can’t support themselves.

They’ve been given access to the recently announced Job Keeper allowance, but have been excluded from the Job Seeker payment.

Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge says there’s no plans to change that.

“So if there is a New Zealander in the country who is unable to access those Job Seeker payments, then again we ask them to consider returning to New Zealand where they will be able to get the support they need,” Mr Tudge said.

“Australians and permanent residents are our primary focus, they’re our primary focus for the work which is available and the welfare that we are making available.”

Mr Tudge said there has always been an expectation that temporary visa holders are able to support themselves while in Australia, and that expectation remains.

“We are going to make that easier for people who have already done some work in Australia by allowing them to access their super while they’re in Australia to help facilitate their stay here if they’re in financial hardship.

“But if you can’t support yourself generally, having put in place these measures, then you should be going home where you can get that support.”

The Government has announced foreign nationals working in critical industries including health and education will be allowed to stay longer.

People in Australia on working holiday visas, typically backpackers, will also be given greater flexibility.

Those working in areas such as childcare, farm work and food processing will be able to work for the same employer for more than the current six-month limit.

They will also have their visas extended by a year if they wish to remain in Australia.

International students are being encouraged to rely on family support and savings to get themselves through the crisis, while students in their second and subsequent years will be able to access any superannuation they’ve accumulated through part-time work.

“They have been a terrific contributor to Australia, supporting Australian jobs, we want them to stay here where they  can support themselves.

“We are providing additional flexibility for them to support themselves and we continue to work with the international education sector on future arrangements as well.”

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neil
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neil

ausssie taxpayers should not be fundng international students. internationals students came here to study and if they cannot support themselves without working they must leave

Brendan Turley
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Brendan Turley

Shut up Neil you idiot

Clara
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Clara

Brendan watch your tongue.
Neil is right.You like it or not

Heidi
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Heidi

shut up clara stupid b****

Clara
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Clara

Shut up you stupid b…
and learn the grammar.Heidi Your country was always better and you should live there
When Europe was good no one wanted to came to Australia.When Europe started hard caused by eu everyone wants to come.
Taxpayer people has the right roof they opinion.
Tell your opinion where you originated.
Neil is 100% right.Not compulsory to come
here

Clara
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Clara

Heidi can you use your colourful language
at the place where you was born
We does not need here people swearing only.Education needs probably whom who just learned swearing words here.

Clara
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Clara

When you go to the Australian Immigration Office there you should use your special language.

neil
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neil

mate you lose your argument as soon as you start abusing. perhaps you had a good counterpoint but you lost it before you started!

Sharon
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Sharon

International students contribute to taxes as well, Neil. They have jobs such as us citizens where they are deducted tax. They buy groceries and supplies where TAX is included. They actually pay for your Centrelink payments too.

Clara
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Clara

Dear Sharon
Here we have enough Australian to work.Mostly international student very hard workers and working weary hard to get married and become an Australian Citizen.Australian Government knows we’re well.
You very well know where coming from Your Centrelink
Payment.
New Zealanders should stay in Australia.
I agree with Tony Andrews opinion

Clara
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Clara

Yes Tony,Jackie and Sam 100%right.
I am not New Zealander.But all comments are true.
International student yes they pay tax .Part of tax what they earn.After allowed working hours they work cash in hands and who knows how much
and what about cash in hands tax?
This were much people wear of it
New Zealanders really hard working people.
Because they are not from Europe.
In Europe hard now but if international students works hard in Europe better for everyone.

neil
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neil

sharon, the tax deducted is refundable if they incur tax deductible expense just like all aus residents and citizens. a part of their tax does go to govt benefits but thats teh chpice they made knowingly that the country that allowed them to earn and income and have a life is also entitled to keep some for herself. it goes both ways sharon if you looks at aussies in india and thailand and china and usa leaving their jobs there and coming back to australia. all non citizens of all countries are going back to the country of their citizenship.… Read more »

Rozay
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Rozay

Some people surely have a lot of time on their hands

Tony Andrews
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Tony Andrews

As a Australian I don’t agree with the government’s stand on Kiwis suggesting they go home if they can’t support themselves during this health crisis, yes there are many I would like gone but New Zealanders are not one of them I am aware that this topic is a sore point for many Kiwis living in Australia, I believe that the government should bite the bullet and give Kiwis the same rights as Australians get in NZ there is enough of this us and them mentality going on we don’t need to add to it.

jackie
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jackie

Thanks for your support Tony, its good to know that there are decent people out there.

jackie
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jackie

So how are Kiwis who have been here 17 years like my family, always worked, paid taxes, have 2 children born here, rented and always paid their rent on time, and have a loan on a car but have not been able to save, able to up and go back to New Zealand, Mr Tudge. It’s not that they wouldn’t but that they can’t financially do it. As pensioners on a low income in an age facility, we cannot aid them financially either. How many thousands of kiwis are in this position? But I suppose it is more important to… Read more »

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Sam

There are many Kiwis that have started companies here giving jobs to us Aussies. Paying taxes, working and have called Australia home. I think the time for us vs them has long gone. I think if you have been here, paying taxes and are part of this economic cog of Australia than you need to be able to get assistance from it like everyone else that deserves it.

Robyn
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Robyn

Agree Sam. Also lots of people waiting for the partner visas who work and contribute. Without them companies are going to suffer. I’m watching it with my own husbands company. Those commenting here that are objecting have clearly never spent any time getting out of the house to meet people that contribute to our economy from other parts of the world.

neil
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neil

sure and one of them who was very succesfull was ron brierly and if you searched for him on the web recently you will find out all about his crimes. but sir ron, yes he was knighted, did give employ to people only that it was unlawful.

Joe
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Joe

Well, I’ ve been working in VET sector with international students many years until this term, they are very hard working people and yes 80% coming from the poorer countries and looking for better life here in Australia. Generally the VET course is for 2 years and costs them around 20 K on fees, just to become a cook or automotive mechanic etc. Most of them are here with the hope to get PR. Any student who I knew has not enough money to support him/herself during the study and most of them working more than 20 hours/week. Now when… Read more »

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Raj

It would be nice if we express our opinion respectfully. Australia needs tourist and the international students, without them there will be big dent in the revenue for Australia. Kiwis became a victim of bad law and they have right to remain in Australia indefinitely. fair way to treat New Zealanders is to either not charge them Tax or offer them support in time of need , that is what a first world country would do. Austral to grow will need skilled and unskilled people without it it will not grow , so if not Kiwis they will need the… Read more »