Australia to provide humanitarian visas for Ukrainians, plus $50m in aid

Australia to provide humanitarian visas for Ukrainians, plus $50m in aid

Australia will provide temporary humanitarian visas for Ukrainians, along with an extra $50 million in military and humanitarian support, the federal government has announced.

The temporary humanitarian visas will allow Ukrainians who have already arrived in Australia to stay for up to three years with the ability to work, study and access Medicare.

The federal government is also providing a further $30 million in humanitarian aid and $21 million in military support for Ukraine.

“The people of Ukraine have been defiant and they’ve asked for more help,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Around 5,000 Ukrainians have been granted visas to travel to Australia, including skilled migrant and family reunion visas, as well as student and tourist visas.

Once in Australia, they will be eligible to apply for the temporary humanitarian visa, which provide more certainty.

So far, 750 Ukrainians have made it to Australia, with more expected to arrive in coming weeks.

The federal government expects most displaced Ukrainians will want to remain in Europe, but has not put a cap on the number of temporary visas it will offer.

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The federal government will also use Australia’s wealth of resources to both support Ukraine and sanction Russia.