Australian govt to facilitate return of 6,000 Pakistani students

Australia agrees to issue student visas to 6,000 Pakistani students: Khar

The Australian government has assured to facilitate the return of as many as 6,000 Pakistani students to resume their studies in Australia after more than two-year gap due to COVID restrictions, a Pakistani minister said.

The news was announced after a recent meeting of Pakistan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar, and Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Richard Marles, in Rwanda.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that was held in Kigali, Rwanda, from June 20-25.

Khar called on Marles and exchanged views on matters of mutual interests with a special focus on visa issues faced by Pakistani students in Australia.

She requested the Australian deputy premier to resolve the visa problems for those Pakistani students who were studying in Australia but came home during the COVID-9 pandemic.

Australian Deputy PM Marles agreed to issue visas to 6,000 Pakistani students.

Earlier this week, the first batch of 90 Pakistani students, who were unable to go back to China to resume studies since the pandemic, reached Xian, China, on June 20.

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