Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

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The university sector has breathed a sigh of relief, with an influx of international students by 2022 that will inject billions into the bush capital’s regional economy. Thousands of international students will return to Canberra in the first semester of 2022 following the federal government’s decision to kickstart migration from 1 December. More than 200,000 visa holders, including overseas students and skilled workers, will be able to enter the country, marking an end to nearly two years of tough international border restrictions imposed to protect the country from mass exposure of COVID-19. Home Affairs confirmed that 164,731 student visa holders remained outside Australia per capita. November 17, while 32,559 temporary and provisional qualified visa holders were waiting to enter the country. Despite the green light to restart the country’s third-largest import, Australian National University Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt warned that the migration drought has reduced Australia’s market share in international education and that a lukewarm recovery would hinder the country’s regional influence. “We do not want the soft power that comes from creating business and government leaders around the region,” Professor Schmidt said. “It’s a really valuable thing that our higher education provides.” Professor Schmidt noted that higher education remains an important export commodity, and claims that ANU is ready to help with the visa application process. “We will also work with the government to provide them with the information they need, including around sufficient resources, to be ready to manage the relevant visa processes,” he said. Annual report documents show that ANU lost approximately $ 80 million in international tuition fees due to the pandemic. The University of Canberra said its priority would be to help current students who are stuck abroad and who need to return to campus in the coming months. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday that fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can come to Australia without having to apply for a travel exemption. “Qualified visa holders include skilled and student cohorts, as well as humanitarian, working holidaymakers and temporary family visa holders,” he said. Australia’s international border opened in early November for fully vaccinated citizens, residents and their families without the need for quarantine. Recently, a quarantine-free travel bubble has hit Singapore. Travelers must be fully vaccinated with an approved or recognized vaccine from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, have a valid qualified visa, present proof of their vaccination statistics, and present a negative PCR test taken within three days of departure. ACT Prime Minister Andrew Barr welcomed the Commonwealth’s decision, saying it would support the region’s economic revival. “Before the pandemic, international education contributed more than $ 1 billion annually to the ACT economy,” Mr Barr said. “The return of international students will help create jobs in our local higher education sector and help address labor shortages in industries such as hospitality, tourism and retail.” KPMG chief economist Brendan Rynne pointed out that the decision to speed up migration will help recover from the 180,000 international workers who chose to leave Australia during 2021. Home Secretary Karen Andrews said overseas workers and students would still have to comply with the quarantine arrangement. of states and territories. Non-vaccinated migrants, including holders of humanitarian visas, must apply for travel exemption and undergo quarantine. Ms Andrews also announced that vaccinated individuals from Japan and South Korea would be able to travel to Australia quarantine-free on direct flights. READ MORE: Professor Schmidt from ANU said that the delay in getting international students back to Australia has meant that other nations have increased market share and power for overseas students. He also noted that the university sector hopes the announcement from the Prime Minister will give the industry more clarity on the return to learning on campus. “We need clarity now,” Professor Schmidt said. “We’re going to have a lot more competition now. So getting our signals right and really being an attractive destination for students is set by what we’re doing right now.” The current place we are right now is not delivering them here in numbers and they choose to go to the northern hemisphere. “Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said it was the natural next step to let more people return to Australia from abroad.” We want to allow skilled migrants to come to our country as well as international students sooner rather than later, “Mr Frydenberg told Sky News.” International students are worth about $ 40 billion to our economy, and we know there is a shortage of labor out there, and skilled workers can play a key role. “said Mr Frydenberg Australia’s booster program was critical in the coming months following increases in coronavirus in Europe and restrictions being reintroduced.

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