The Australian Government has announced changes to visa settings that will provide much needed flexibility for international students as they set to return to Australia.
The new settings extend measures to protect the post-study work rights of international students, as well as extend the temporary graduate visa from two to three years for Masters by Coursework graduates.
The new visa settings also extend existing measures for students and temporary, by recognising the time spent studying offshore, online towards meeting the requirements for qualifying for a temporary graduate visa.
Changes to visa policy include:
• Australia will increase the length of stay on the Temporary Graduate visa from two (2) to three (3) years for Masters by Coursework graduates, matching the provisions for Masters by Research graduates.
• Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector graduates will also receive a two (2) year Temporary Graduate visa.
• Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders who have been unable to travel to Australia as a result of COVID-19 international border restrictions will be able to apply for a replacement visa. This will allow current and former Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders whose visas expired on or after 1 February 2020 to re-apply for a new subclass 485 visa of the same duration as their original visa.
These new visa settings demonstrate Australia’s continued commitment to improving policy settings to meet the needs of students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information see: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-graduate-485