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Hashtag LetUsBackToAus: Unable to return to Australia, students voice frustration

Although around 1,000 international students have reportedly received exemptions to return to the country amid the pandemic, the number is too small to pacify several others

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Hashtag LetUsBackToAus: Unable to return to Australia, students voice frustration
Australian government had in March last year locked its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Indian students denied access to Australia in the wake of COVID-19 related border curbs have been expressing their exasperation and anxiety on social media.  

Tens of thousands of students and graduates who are studying at various colleges in Australian universities or have taken admissions have been waiting since March last year when the country locked its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Although around 1,000 international students have reportedly received exemptions to return to the country amid the pandemic, the number is too small to pacify several others, anxious over their future amid the gloom of uncertainty.

According to Australia's largest media conglomerate NewsCorpAus's wire service, NCA NewsWire, the Australian Border Force Commissioner, has allowed 1,050 foreign nationals an exemption to enter the country since the beginning of August (2020).

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However, those seeking an exemption are required to furnish evidence of a "compelling case". The students also need to meet exemption categories, which comprise those in their final two years of study of a dental, medical, nursing or allied health profession university degree, the publication reported, citing an Australian Border Force spokeswoman.  

The students must also have a confirmed placement at an Australian hospital or medical practice that begins within the next two months, the report added.

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More than 17,000 people have signed a petition addressed to the House of Representatives, demanding international students' exemption from Australia's COVID-19 related travel border curbs.

The decision to permit a small number of international students to return to the country has sparked the ire of several Indian students in waiting and campaigning for close to a year now.  

With this development, #LetUsBacktoAus and #BringUsBackToAus hashtags have been trending on Twitter.

Here are some of the tweets:

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