The Australian government increased Post Study Work Visa length in response to the worker shortage problem the country and economy are facing in post Covid situation. As part of the government response, the Australian federal government will increase post-study work rights for some of the selected degrees. Australian education and home affairs ministers announced this change through a joint media release.
With this newly announced change, international students will get more years to work and stay in Australia after completing their studies. For selected degrees in verified skill shortage areas, international students will get an extended post study work visa. For a bachelor’s degree, student government has doubled the duration from two to four years. International students who complete their master’s degree in Australia would get five years of post-study work rights. Selected PhD graduates will get six years to stay in Australia with full work rights. Ministers in their media release said this change is to ‘strengthen the pipeline of skilled labour.’
Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485 is known as Post Study Work Visa or post study work rights for international students. This visa is for international students who complete their degree from an Australian education provider. This visa lets holders to live, work, and study in Australia as a temporary resident. Most of international student utilise this period to get expose and experience working in Australian industry.
Minister for Education Jason Clare said, ‘at the moment, only 16 per cent of international students stay on after their studies end.’ The government is willing to keep international students as temporary skilled workers after they complete their studies in Australia. Though, international students need to prove they have no other intentions in Australia besides their study as part of the GTE test to get a student visa.
The government will form a working group to give this new change momentum. The group will include representatives from the Council of International Education, the National Tertiary Education Union, Universities Australia, and the Departments of Home Affairs and Education. Things will proceed based on the group’s recommendation. The government is also investing $36.1 million in visa processing, hiring 500 staff over the next nine months. ‘International education is an important Australian industry that has been heavily impacted by the pandemic’, Minister for Home Affairs Clare O’Neil said.
This change comes to keep Australia appealing among other international players; the government has made flexible work arrangements for international students.
Sydney-based migration agent Nasir Nawaz says this change is a ‘temporary solution’. He said the government is making temporary visas more lucrative through these extended post-study work rights.
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