Recently an announcement from The Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education and the Hon Clare O’Neil MP, Minister for Home Affairs have communicated that international higher education graduates with eligible qualifications will be granted an extra two years of post-study visa.
The Government has extended post-study work rights to give eligible international higher education graduates with select qualifications an additional two years on their Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). Post-study work rights for select degrees in areas of verified skill shortages will be increased from:
• Two years to four years for select Bachelor degrees
• Three years to five years for select Masters degrees
• Four years to six years for all doctoral qualifications.
All doctoral studies are considered eligible for the measure, regardless of field of study and so are not listed individually. The qualifications listed in this document are a summary of the eligible qualifications. A comprehensive list mapped to CRICOS course codes will be released by the Department of Education before implementation on 1 July 2023. Students will need to refer to the comprehensive list, when published, to confirm the eligibility of their particular course at their provider.
The eligible occupations that have been targeting includes, health, teaching, engineering and agricultural fields. Find more information about the eligible occupation and qualification list.
This new extension will be practised from 1st of July 2023.
Additionally, work hours cap for international students will be increased from 40 to 48 hours per fortnight. The International student working hour cap factsheet provides information about the new procedures.
In case you have questions regarding visa updates, please contact our team.