The Australian Government has announced a planned increase in the duration of post-study work rights for international students eligible for a Temporary Graduate Work visa (subclass 485), in select fields of study.
These extended ‘stay and work’ periods will apply to students graduating with higher education degrees linked to identified workforce shortages.
Students who are studying select degrees will have Temporary Graduate Work visa (subclass 485) stay period increases of:
- Four years for Bachelor degree graduates, up from two years previously.
- Five years for Master degree graduates, up from three years previously.
- Six years for PhD graduates, up from four years previously.
Further information on which degrees will be selected for work-rights extensions is expected in late October 2022.
Increasing the duration of post study work rights for recent graduates will make Australia’s post study work rights the most generous among comparable countries and will make Australia an even more attractive destination for international students.
It will provide an incentive for international students to complete higher degrees in Australia in an area of skills shortage and to stay after their study, expanding the opportunities available to participate in Australia’s future skilled workforce.