Visa Changes to Support International Students

Update from Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Education

The Department of Home Affairs is implementing a range of visa changes to support International students as announced by Minister Tudge on 20 July. Providers are encouraged to pass on this information to international students.

The department is pleased to advise that the ability to apply for nil-fee student visa will be available from midnight 5 August 2020.

How do students apply?

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, can apply online through ImmiAccount for their new student visa application. A help sheet to support students though this process.

To submit a valid Student visa application eligible for a nil fee, students must provide a completed Form 1545 COVID-19 Impacted Student signed by their Education Provider with their Student visa application.

Failure to provide a completed for 1545 will result in the application being invalid.

More details on the visa changes can be found on the Department’s website:

All Student visa related matters should be directed to