New post study visa arrangements for international graduates in Australia

by Ray Clancy on January 10, 2013

in Education in Australia

New post study visa arrangements for international graduates in Australia

New post study work arrangements are being introduced in early 2013 for eligible international students who graduate with an Australian Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctoral degree. The new post study work arrangements will be built as an additional stream in the existing temporary skilled graduate (subclass 485) visa. The subclass 485 currently allows international students who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation that is in demand to remain in Australia for an additional 18 months.

From early 2013, the temporary skilled graduate (subclass 485) visa will be renamed the temporary graduate (subclass 485) visa.  According to the Department for Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) people can apply for the temporary graduate visa through either the new post study work stream or the graduate work stream (the existing subclass 485 arrangements) provided they meet the specific eligibility requirements.

A DIAC spokesman said that the post study work stream of the subclass 485 will be for international students who lodged their first student visa application after the introduction of the genuine temporary entrant requirement (GTE) on 05 November 2011. ‘If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be eligible for a temporary graduate visa through the graduate work stream. We have recently published updated information on our website with details about how the new arrangements will work and what the particular eligibility requirements will be,’ she explained.

To be eligible for the new post study work arrangements an applicant must graduate from an Australian educational institution with a Bachelor’s, Master’s and/or Doctoral degree. The study used to complete this qualification must have been at Bachelor level and above and must meet the Australian study requirement.

Quote from AustraliaForum.com : “Hey guys i m from turkey i ve recently graduated from a university with bachelor of electrical engineering. and i heard about this subclass 476 visa but my university is not one of the recognised institution from my country. however my university is ranked higher than most of the universities that recognised. my question is is there any chance for me to apply that visa.”

Regardless of whether they are applying under the new post study work stream or the graduate work stream, applicants must meet the Australian study requirement in the six months before making their subclass 485 application. The Australian study requirement is defined as study in Australia in a registered course for a period of at least two academic years. The course must be conducted in English and must be completed in no less than 16 calendar months.

The spokeswoman pointed out that the new arrangements are not linked to skilled migration and do not provide a pathway to permanent residence. ‘Therefore applicants under the new post study work stream will not be required to nominate a skilled occupation or submit a skills assessment. Applicants under the graduate work stream of the subclass 485 will still be required to nominate a skilled occupation and submit a suitable skills assessment,’ she said.

‘It is important to note that student visas and the graduate work visa are temporary visas and there is no guarantee that, on the basis of having held one of these visas, you will meet the requirements for grant of another visa,’ she added.

Under the new post study work arrangements, the duration of the subclass 485 visa will depend on the qualification used to qualify for the arrangements. Graduates who have completed a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s by coursework degree or Master’s extended degree may be eligible to apply for a two year post study work visa. Graduates who have completed a Master’s by research degree or a Doctorate may be eligible to apply for a three or four year post study work visa respectively. Other graduates may be eligible to apply for an 18 month subclass 485 visa through the graduate work stream.

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Trng May 10, 2013 at 3:57 am

Hi,
I have a question, my course is master by coursework and its duration is 1 year full time. So after graduated can i apply for post study work (subclass 485) to work 18 months in Australia?
Thanks,

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