Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked the visitor visa holders and international students to return to countries due to coronavirus pandemic. The PM said that those who cannot support themselves can return to the countries. Australian Prime Minster said that Australia must focus on its citizens and residents. However, those who have critical skills like doctors, nurses, pandemics can stay.
"For those backpackers in Australia who are nurses or doctors, or have other critical skills that can really help us during this crisis, then there will be opportunities for them," he said. "But our focus and our priority are on supporting Australians and Australian residents with the economic supports that are available.
"As much as it's lovely to have visitors to Australia in good times, at times like this, if you are a visitor in this country, it is time … to make your way home." International students have no access to the Federal Government's JobSeeker payment and are having to deal with the COVID-19 crisis without the financial safety net available to many Australian citizens and residents.
Mr. Morrison pointed out it was a requirement for students who come to Australia to be able to support themselves in their first 12 months of their study There are more than 500,000 international students in Australia, many of who have lost their jobs during the pandemic