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All Myanmar citizens temporarily in Australia are allowed to stay in the country

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All Myanmar citizens temporarily in Australia are allowed to stay in the country indefinitely if affected by ongoing unrest

  • Short-term visa holders from Myanmar will be allowed to stay in Australia
  • Federal government is writing to all Myanmar citizens temporarily in Australia 
  • Various options will be made available, including the granting of new visas 

Students and other short-term visa holders from Myanmar will be allowed to stay in Australia until it is safe to return home.

The federal government is writing to all Myanmar citizens temporarily in Australia with advice on how to stay.

Various options will be made available, including the granting of new visas.    

‘These arrangements will support Myanmar nationals in Australia who are affected by the ongoing unrest in Myanmar, consistent with Australia’s international obligations,’ Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said.

Protesters taking part in a demonstration against the military coup on ‘Global Myanmar Spring Revolution Day’ in Kyaukme in Myanmar’s Shan State

‘Australia continues to strongly urge the Myanmar security forces to exercise restraint and refrain from violence against civilians, release those detained arbitrarily and engage in dialogue.’ 

Meanwhile, the Department of Home Affairs has launched an investigation into relatives of Myanmar’s military living in Australia, over concerns they are either harbouring assets or receiving financial support following the military coup.

Nine Entertainment reports the government will assess whether to cancel, or not renew, the visas of at least 22 relatives of senior members of Myanmar’s new government who are living in Australia. 

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