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Australia to open borders for fully vaccinated visa holders, students from December

Australia Immigration
Posted November 24, 2021

Australia will allow fully vaccinated visa holders and international students to enter the country without seeking an exemption from next month onwards. This marks a significant shift in the border control policies of Australia ever since the borders were closed following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It is expected that in December and January, more than 200,000 international students and eligible skilled migrants will be allowed to return to Australia.

Australian Immigration

As fully vaccinated adults in Australia crossed the mark of 85 per cent, Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally announced the further easing of border restrictions the other day. He expressed hope that skilled workers and students coming to Australia would boost the country's economy. Earlier, the country had opened borders for Australian citizens stranded in other countries to return home.

The prime minister the opening of borders for skilled workers and students is a major milestone in Australia's pathway back to normality. “It’ll mean a lot for the economies around the country who need those workers and want to see those students return. We’re looking forward to that occurring from December 1,” he said.

In order to enter Australia, skilled workers and international students have to be fully vaccinated. They must also submit a negative PCR test, taken within three days prior to departing for Australia.

It is expected that this border reopening would boost economic recovery of the country, help to address labour market shortage and allow businesses to grow with confidence. International students contribute significantly to Australian economy and skilled workers are crucial for managing labour shortage crisis in the country. So the border reopening will definitely have a big impact on Australia's economic recovery.

Those who hold the following categories of visa will be allowed to enter Australia from next month onwards:

  • Subclass 200 – Refugee visa

 

  • Subclass 201 – In-country Special Humanitarian visa

 

  • Subclass 202 – Global Special Humanitarian visa

 

  • Subclass 203 – Emergency Rescue visa

 

  • Subclass 204 – Woman at Risk visa

 

  • Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visa

 

  • Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa

 

  • Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)

 

  • Subclass 407 – Training visa

 

  • Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa

 

  • Subclass 417 – Working Holiday visa

 

  • Subclass 449 – Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa

 

  • Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa

 

  • Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa

 

  • Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday visa

 

  • Subclass 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa

 

  • Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa

 

  • Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visa

 

  • Subclass 489 – Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa

 

  • Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa

 

  • Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

 

  • Subclass 500 – Student visa

 

  • Subclass 580 – Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)

 

  • Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa

 

  • Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa

 

  • Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa

 

  • Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

 

  • Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa

 

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