Australian Government announces extension of Temporary Graduate Visa post-study work rights
The Australian Government has announced that international graduates with eligible qualifications will be granted an additional two years of post-study work rights starting July 1, 2023. The government has also increased the cap on working hours for international students from 40 hours per fortnight to 48 hours per fortnight starting the same date.
This extension of post-study work rights will apply to all holders of a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa who complete their studies in specific fields on or after July 1, 2023. Graduates with a Bachelor, Honours, or Masters degree will be eligible for a visa with a further two-year validity if their qualifications are listed on the Department of Education’s ‘Eligible Qualifications List (EQL)’. Additionally, all doctoral graduates will be eligible for a further two-year validity.
The new policy aims to address the ongoing skills shortage in Australia, which has nearly doubled from 2021-2022 and is continuing into 2023. The extended post-study work rights will apply to graduates in in-demand sectors, including healthcare, teaching, engineering, and agricultural fields. However, the list of eligible occupations is subject to change, and the final full list will be published ahead of the implementation date of July 1, 2023.
In addition to the new policy, transitional arrangements have been put in place to support other graduates. Temporary Graduate visa holders in Australia whose visas expired or will expire between September 1, 2022, and July 1, 2023, may be eligible for the COVID-19 Pandemic Event (subclass 408) visa with a 2-year stay period.
Moreover, the Australian Government has removed the requirement to nominate an occupation from the skilled occupation list and obtain a skills assessment for Temporary Graduate visa Graduate Work stream applications. This applies to applications lodged between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023.
The Australian Government is streamlining requirements for temporary visa applicants in Australia. They will update ImmiAccount soon to reflect the new policy.
The new policy will enable international students to stay longer in Australia and contribute to the economy, benefiting everyone. The Government aims to address the skill shortages in key industries and rebuild the international education sector. Further details on eligibility and how to apply for the extended Temporary Graduate Visa will be provided closer to July 1, 2023.
Read the full update from Department of Education, Australian Government.
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