*Article content has been updated. Please see here for current information on post-study work visas.
The Knight Review of Australia’s student visa program has led to a number of changes that will benefit international students. One of the most exciting changes is the proposed introduction of a post-study work visa, which will give students who graduate from Australian degrees with the opportunity to enrich their studies by gaining work experience in Australia.
The post-study work visa provides a huge incentive for many people to consider studying in Australia. Here we will answer your questions about the visa with the latest information available from the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
Will I be eligible for the post-study work visa?
How long will the post-study work visa be valid?
Has the post-study work visa been approved and introduced?
The post-study work visa has been ‘proposed’ but has not yet been officially approved or introduced. While DIAC has proposed the introduction of the post-study visa and provided information about how it will function, the Governor-General needs to approve the arrangements before legislation can be put in place. A decision will be made in the near future (be sure to check Studies in Australia for updates), and more detailed information will be available once legislation is finalised.
When will the post-study work visa be available?
DIAC has proposed that the post-study work visa will be available for students who made their student visa applications after 5 November 2011, who will begin graduating in early 2013. As a result, DIAC aims to have the visa arrangements ready in 2013 for these graduating students. Remember that this is still subject to approval.
Is the post-study work visa linked to skilled migration?
The post-study work visa is designed to enable students to gain work experience in Australia before returning home and is not linked to Australia’s skilled migration program. This means that applicants do not need to nominate a skilled occupation on the Skilled Occupation List or complete a skills assessment.
What if I don’t qualify?
Students who do not qualify for the post-study work visa (including those who are graduating with a qualification below bachelor degree level and those who applied for their student visa before 5 November 2011) are eligible to apply for the current Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa (subclass 485), which allows them to remain in Australia and work for a period of up to 18 months after completing study.
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