Temporary Visa Holders Denied Re-entry Into Australia..

Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge says there are no plans to grant temporary visa holders a blanket exemption to Australia’s coronavirus travel ban, despite pleas from those stranded overseas to be allowed back into the country.

Hundreds of skilled workers and international students have been unable to return to Australia without securing individual exemptions since the borders were closed to non-citizens on 20 March to limit the spread of coronavirus.


Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge speaks to the media at Parliament House in Canberra. Source: AAP
A petition signed by more than 12,000 people has also been tabled in federal parliament calling for visa holders to be allowed to return to their homes, families and jobs in Australia.

But Mr Tudge said the nation’s borders would remain closed to everyone other than Australian citizens and permanent residents for the foreseeable future.

“Right now our focus is on keeping those borders strong,” he said on Thursday.

“It will be some time away until we see immigration back to anything like normal.”



I don’t see anything wrong here. A nation is protecting itself from an unknown enemy. Oz has been v kind to immigrants over the years. If you hold a temporary visa then what do you expect? you can’t hold a gava ransom…naaaa you cannot. Rules are changed ‘overnight’.

kwa nini watu hawapendi kukula kwao ?