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Hi from the E2 team, today we have exciting news!

It was long due, and it finally happened. If you’re keen to experience living and working in Australia, SPOILER ALERT: this is your year.

During the last week, the Australian Federal Government announced multiple changes to Australia’s migration policy to mitigate the skill shortage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We’ll tell you everything you need to know about the new rules and how E2 Test Prep can help you make your Australian dream a reality.

Key takeaways:

  • Visa fees will be waived for student and working holiday visa applications placed before March 19 of 2022.
  • International students and holidaymakers can now work more than 40 hours a week in any industry.
  • English is still a requirement for accessing higher education and immigration. We are here to help you.
  • Only fully vaccinated travellers can enter Australia (i.e. two or more shots of a recognised vaccine).

Australia’s doors are opening once again

For the first time in nearly two years, the Australian Immigration Minister confirmed that over 43,000 students returned to study in the country in January 2022. You can be the next one!

At E2 Test Prep, we hear the first-hand stories of the thousands of students who, through discipline and dedication, have aced their English tests with the help of our courses.

 These students have successfully accessed Universities and/or settled permanently in English speaking countries to study, work or raise families. See the inspiring story of Joanna, one of our E2 success students.

Australia has been at the top of the most popular destinations for students and migrants for over a decade. To learn more, read our 7 Must-Knows Before Moving to Australia article.

Despite the easing of some rules, the English requirements for non-native speakers who want to access higher education or start the migration process have not changed. In addition, the best way to demonstrate your English communication abilities is through an exam.

English is still a requirement, but we are here to help you!

Did you know E2 Test Prep is an official partner and offers courses for ALL the exams required to certify your English proficiency in Australia?

Join over 1.5 million students that have passed their exams with E2 Test Prep. Click here to find out more!

No visa fees and refunds for new arrivals

The migration authority has announced that visa fees for new applicants on a student visa (subclass 500) and the working holiday visa (subclass 417) will be suspended until the 19th of March of 2022.

Moreover, every visa holder of those denominations that arrives before that date will be entitled to a full refund of the application fee they already paid.

The current price of a working holiday visa application is $495 AUD for working holidaymakers and $630 AUD for international students; it certainly feels great to know you can use that money for something else!

Perhaps some One-to-one English tutorials to boost your confidence if you ask me ;).

Working hours relaxation for visa holders and secondary applicants

The Australian Department of Immigration and Home Affairs has confirmed active students will be eligible to work unrestricted hours and students who arrive into the country before their course begins and their spouse or de facto partner as a secondary applicant.

The above means that If you come to Australia as a student with your special someone, only one of you is required to study while the other can work full time, that would ease some stress on your education goals while getting a better income.

Australia faces an unprecedented skill shortage that needs talent in all industries.

There are abundant opportunities in the hospitality, construction, healthcare, transport and retail sectors. While finding a role might not be that difficult, I do recommend reinforcing your English communication skills so you can focus entirely on doing meaningful work.

Check out E2 English for unique and interactive content to improve your English skills. While you are there, you can also take a free placement test to determine your level. We also have a fantastic podcast called Everyday English with E2 that releases a new episode every week!

Being fully vaccinated is a must

To ensure public safety during Australia’s re-opening, the country has a strict policy about vaccination requirements. Every traveller must provide proof of a full dose of a vaccine approved by the Australian therapeutic goods administration. If you want to validate if your vaccine is part of the approved list, click here.

If you are still waiting to be fully vaccinated, but your dream is to study or migrate to an English speaking country, don’t fret. You can still do something about it immediately. Most English tests are valid for up to three years from the date you get your results, start your preparation with E2 Test Prep today and be ready for when you can travel.

Our final advice to you

At E2 Test Prep, we believe the smallest step can become your biggest leap. If your plan is to take your next step in life in an English speaking country, we are here to help you accomplish that goal. Sign up to E2 Test Prep and let’s get to it!

Disclaimer: The purpose of the E2 Blog is exclusive to providing general information based on reliable sources and does not constitute legal or migration advice in any way. Anyone seeking advice to relocate in Australia should seek advice from a registered migration agent.

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