Visa changes open the door for Greek students to access their hard-earned superannuation

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought life to a standstill for thousands of Greek students in Australia, with many left with little choice but to return to their home country.

For some however, they will now be able to fall back on their superannuation contribution under new visa changes announced by the Acting Immigration Minister, Alan Tudge, on Friday.

“In relation to second year students and onwards, we ask that you rely on your families, go into your own savings to support yourself if you need to,” Mr Tudge said.

“But if you are unable to, we will allow you to use the superannuation that you might have accumulated during your time here in Australia through the part-time work which you are able to do while you are here.”

Mr Tudge also said the Government will be flexible in cases where coronavirus has prevented international students from meeting their visa conditions such as class attendance and work hours.

“International students are usually able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight only. International students working in aged care and as nurses have had these hours extended to support these critical sectors,” Mr Tudge said.

“From May 1, their hours will return to the maximum 40 hours a fortnight as more Australians are being recruited into these roles.”

Further arrangements are also not out of the question, as Mr Tudge said the Government is in constant communication with the international education sector to ensure the safety of international students as the coronavirus crisis continues.

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