Update - International Student Emergency Relief Fund eligibility changes
THU 27 AUG
We request your attention to the following update for which many of you have been awaiting a response.
The Victorian Government’s $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund supports international students in Victoria facing financial hardship through loss of employment due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Fund is delivered through Study Melbourne for the Victorian Government.
Changes to eligibility criteria
The International Student Emergency Relief Fund is now available to students who can show they:
- were enrolled in an eligible private tertiary education provider in Victoria at 31 March 2020.
- have a current student or bridging visa (with a student visa application in process).
- are currently located in Victoria, Australia.
- were employed in Victoria any time between March and July 2020, are in financial hardship due to lost work, and don’t have other financial support.
Read the detailed Eligibility criteria (Stream Two).
Bridging visa holders can now apply
Students can now apply for the Fund if they hold a Bridging Visa because they are waiting for their student visa to be processed. Students must also meet the other eligibility criteria.
Enrolment eligibility changes
The government has extended the eligible enrolment cut-off date for applications from 16 March to 31 March 2020. Students must also meet the other eligibility criteria.
Employment and hardship eligibility changes
The government has extended the employment eligibility period for applications from March to July 2020. Students can now apply for the Fund if they:
- Were employed in Victoria in March, April, May, June or July 2020
- Are experiencing exceptional circumstances of financial hardship as a result of job loss, or a significant reduction in employment, or income, as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic;
- Do not have enough money, including savings, to meet basic living costs for the next two weeks at the time of application; and
- Do not have immediate access to other forms of financial support.
***Students must also meet the other eligibility criteria***
Additional help for international students in Victoria
Find more support from the Victorian Government on Study Melbourne’s coronavirus (COVID-19) support hub for international students including:
- utility relief grants
- rent relief grants
- the Working for Victoria initiative
- a directory of community support services, including food support
- free and confidential mental health and wellbeing support
- free legal advice for accommodation and work issues.
The Victorian Government has already helped over 23,000 international students with a one-off payment through the Fund, so do not miss out on this opportunity. Applications are still open!!!
If you need any support on this please reach out to us & stay tuned with further updates that are shared with you regularly via Newsletters and GC Announcements.
Orange International College