The Australian government has announced that it will be extending the length of time that temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) holders can stay and work in the country for select fields. This is great news for recent graduates in these study areas who want to gain more experience before returning home.
The subclass 485 visa is available to international students who have completed a qualification at an Australian tertiary institution. To be eligible, applicants must have graduated within the last six months and have a skills assessment for their chosen occupation.
The government has increased the duration of post-study work rights for international students to cover the workforce shortages in identified areas.
The extension of post-study work rights for international students in selected areas eligible for the Temporary Graduate Work Visa is as follows
- Undergraduate students can now get to work for four years after completing their course, instead of the two years allowed at present.
- Foreign students enrolled in postgraduate courses will be granted five-year post-study work permission, instead of the three years allowed currently.
- PhD graduates can work for six years now, instead of the four years allowed currently.
More information about the fields for which work rights extension will be granted is expected to be announced by late October 2022.
How does post-study work rights extension for subclass 485 visa holders benefit Australia?
The subclass 485 visa is a great opportunity for Australia to retain skilled workers who can contribute to the economy. The extension of post-study work rights will help attract more international students to study in Australia, as they will know that they will have a better chance of being able to stay and work in the country after graduation.
What does this mean for current subclass 485 visa holders?
If you currently hold a subclass 485 visa, you may be eligible for an extension of your post-study work rights if you are in one of the fields that are listed for the extension. You should contact the Department of Home Affairs to find out more information.
If you are a student who is planning to study in Australia, this news may make you more likely to choose Australia as your study destination. Keep an eye out for more information about the fields that will be eligible for the extension of post-study work rights. In the meantime, start researching which Australian institution you would like to attend!
Post Study Work Rights for Students in Australia are Better Than Those in Other Countries
Australia is a great place to study for international students, and the subclass 485 visa allows students to stay and work in Australia after graduation. The extension of post-study work rights for subclass 485 visa holders will make Australia an even more attractive destination for international students.
In the United States, international students can only work for one year after graduation, and in Canada, they can only work for three years. This makes Australia a much more appealing option for those who want to stay and work in the country after graduation.