Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Media release

Visa arrangements to support Myanmar Nationals in Australia

The Morrison Government today announced that owing to the ongoing unrest in Myanmar, Myanmar nationals currently in Australia on temporary visas may apply to extend their stay until it is safe to return home. The Australian Government will be writing to all Myanmar citizens temporarily in Australia with further advice on how to remain lawful in Australia.

The Government has expressed Australia’s condemnation of the ongoing violence in Myanmar. Today’s announcement of support is consistent with Australia’s international obligations.

A range of options may be available to suit individual circumstances, including the grant of new visas.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alex Hawke MP said today’s announcement would enable affected individuals to remain in Australia until the situation in Myanmar improves.

“This measure provides a means for Myanmar citizens in Australia to remain here until it is safe for them to return home,” Minister Hawke said.

“These arrangements will support Myanmar nationals in Australia who are affected by the ongoing unrest in Myanmar, consistent with Australia’s international obligations,” he said.

“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,” he said.

Australia provides protection to individuals consistent with its obligations set out in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, its 1967 Protocol and other international human rights conventions.

The Department of Home Affairs can be contacted on 131 881 or via the Home Affairs website www.homeaffairs.gov.au.