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International students could be allowed to return to NSW within weeks…

By 16 June 2021No Comments

International students could soon be allowed to return to NSW under a pilot program stated to begin in the second half of the year.

The NSW Government announced on Thursday that 250 students would be welcomed per fortnight from mid-year as part of the trial.

On arrival the students will be required to quarantine in purpose-built student accommodation under the same rules for all international arrivals, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said in a statement.

“Typically we have more than 250,000 international students studying in NSW each year and they directly supported over 95,000 local jobs prior to the pandemic,” he added.

“If we don’t act fast, students will turn to other overseas destinations and it could take the sector decades to recover.”

Overseas students will be selected by their universities based on “a range of criteria” and their individual circumstances, with priority given to higher degree research students, the state government said.

We are sure the Australian government will continue to work closely with the state and territory governments and the health committees to develop a framework for the resume of international travel. Reopening of borders for international students may be the first step towards a gradual reopening. In order to keep you posted with the latest updates, please don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

To read more about the plan and support by the government, visit SBS

Source: SBS

Purnima Kabra