Temporary Graduate Visa Stream Changes

<strong>Temporary Graduate Visa Stream Changes</strong>

Some exciting changes are coming to the post study rights of Temporary Graduate Visa holders (subclass 485). As of 1 July 2023, the Australian Federal Government has announced that students studying certain qualifications will be granted an additional two years post-study work rights.

Clare O’Neil, current Australian Home Affairs Minister, has announced that for international students graduating in Australia with certain degrees they are now eligible for an additional two years of work rights with their temporary graduate visa.

Specifically 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.

The eligible qualifications are determined through the collaboration of Jobs and Skills Australia with the Department of Education. To check whether you are studying or have graduated with an eligible qualification check here.

At the moment some of the areas of qualification eligible for the Post-Study Work Rights extension are; 

  • Nursing, Medicine and Healthcare professionals (dentists, psychologists etc.)
  • ICT
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Teaching

All doctoral studies are considered eligible for the measure, regardless of field of study and so are not listed individually. 

Please note that a further comprehensive list mapped to CRICOS course codes will be released by the Department of Education before these changes are rolled out. It is from this comprehensive list that students will need to refer to in order to confirm the eligibility of their specific course at their specific education provider.

Generally these changes will make studying then working in Australia more attractive and an easy option for potential applicants, bringing benefit to education providers and students alike. 

The implementation and on-going management of the extension to Post-Study Work Rights will be supported through monitoring and an annual review process. This approach means the lists and the implementation will be flexible in response to changes in the labor market and able to address any risks that may emerge

The implementation and on-going management of the extension to Post-Study Work Rights will be supported through monitoring and an annual review process. Qualifications were chosen as eligible when considering certain factors such as number of Australian graduates, level of study attained and employer demand. 

Therefore, much like the skilled occupations list it can be expected that, supposing the success and continued implementation of the program, the list of eligible qualifications will be updated in the future to correspond to employment needs. 

You will be eligible for this program if you have the following: 

  • You meet all the eligibility criteria for the Post-Study Work stream of the 485 visa (Temporary Graduate Visa); 
  • Your qualification is on the list of eligible qualifications linked above; AND
  • Either:
    • You hold a current Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) on 1 July 2023, or
    • You will have lodged an application for a Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) by 1 July 2023, or
    • You will lodge an application for a Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) after 1 July 2023.

Unfortunately, if your Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) expires before 1 July 2023 and you do not hold an eligible qualification, you cannot apply for this extension.

More information about these changes will be released as we approach the rollout date of 1 July 2023 however it is important to note that if you apply for a 408 (COVID) temporary activity visa, you will not be eligible to then apply separately for this extended post-study visa.

Student Visa Changes

In addition to the change to the Temporary Graduate Visa stream, the conditions of the Student Visa (500) have been changed to make living and studying in Australia easier for applicants and visa holders. 

During the pandemic, in order to help both the significantly disadvantaged group of international students stuck in Australia with minimal financial support as well as the struggling local workforces, the cap on working hours for international students was removed.

As now thankfully the worst effects of the pandemic have lessened, the government is bringing back the cap on working hours however the total number of hours possible has increased Therefore from 1 July 2023 the number of hours per fortnight an international students can work on their visa will be increased from 40 hours to 48 hours. 

These changes have been introduced to address the following risks; 

  • ensuring the needs of student and graduate visa holders are considered when developing the package of reforms to address migrant worker exploitation expected in 2023.
  • ensuring information about the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman in securing workplace rights and protections for all workers in Australia is available to international students and graduates.

If you are interested in applying for a post-study visa or any other inquiry related to Australian migration, please contact comandinimigration@gmail.com

All information in this article is relevant as of the 24th February 2023

Temporary Graduate Visa Stream Changes

Some exciting changes are coming to the post study rights of Temporary Graduate Visa holders (subclass 485). As of 1 July 2023, the Australian Federal Government has announced that students studying certain qualifications will be granted an additional two years post-study work rights.

Clare O’Neil, current Australian Home Affairs Minister, has announced that for international students graduating in Australia with certain degrees they are now eligible for an additional two years of work rights with their temporary graduate visa.

Specifically 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.

The eligible qualifications are determined through the collaboration of Jobs and Skills Australia with the Department of Education. To check whether you are studying or have graduated with an eligible qualification check here.

At the moment some of the areas of qualification eligible for the Post-Study Work Rights extension are; 

  • Nursing, Medicine and Healthcare professionals (dentists, psychologists etc.)
  • ICT
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Teaching

All doctoral studies are considered eligible for the measure, regardless of field of study and so are not listed individually. 

Please note that a further comprehensive list mapped to CRICOS course codes will be released by the Department of Education before these changes are rolled out. It is from this comprehensive list that students will need to refer to in order to confirm the eligibility of their specific course at their specific education provider.

Generally these changes will make studying then working in Australia more attractive and an easy option for potential applicants, bringing benefit to education providers and students alike. 

The implementation and on-going management of the extension to Post-Study Work Rights will be supported through monitoring and an annual review process. This approach means the lists and the implementation will be flexible in response to changes in the labor market and able to address any risks that may emerge

The implementation and on-going management of the extension to Post-Study Work Rights will be supported through monitoring and an annual review process. Qualifications were chosen as eligible when considering certain factors such as number of Australian graduates, level of study attained and employer demand. 

Therefore, much like the skilled occupations list it can be expected that, supposing the success and continued implementation of the program, the list of eligible qualifications will be updated in the future to correspond to employment needs. 

You will be eligible for this program if you have the following: 

  • You meet all the eligibility criteria for the Post-Study Work stream of the 485 visa (Temporary Graduate Visa); 
  • Your qualification is on the list of eligible qualifications linked above; AND
  • Either:
    • You hold a current Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) on 1 July 2023, or
    • You will have lodged an application for a Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) by 1 July 2023, or
    • You will lodge an application for a Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) after 1 July 2023.

Unfortunately, if your Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) expires before 1 July 2023 and you do not hold an eligible qualification, you cannot apply for this extension.

More information about these changes will be released as we approach the rollout date of 1 July 2023 however it is important to note that if you apply for a 408 (COVID) temporary activity visa, you will not be eligible to then apply separately for this extended post-study visa.

Student Visa Changes

In addition to the change to the Temporary Graduate Visa stream, the conditions of the Student Visa (500) have been changed to make living and studying in Australia easier for applicants and visa holders. 

During the pandemic, in order to help both the significantly disadvantaged group of international students stuck in Australia with minimal financial support as well as the struggling local workforces, the cap on working hours for international students was removed.

As now thankfully the worst effects of the pandemic have lessened, the government is bringing back the cap on working hours however the total number of hours possible has increased Therefore from 1 July 2023 the number of hours per fortnight an international students can work on their visa will be increased from 40 hours to 48 hours. 

These changes have been introduced to address the following risks; 

  • ensuring the needs of student and graduate visa holders are considered when developing the package of reforms to address migrant worker exploitation expected in 2023.
  • ensuring information about the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman in securing workplace rights and protections for all workers in Australia is available to international students and graduates.

If you are interested in applying for a post-study visa or any other inquiry related to Australian migration, please contact comandinimigration@gmail.com

All information in this article is relevant as of the 24th February 2023

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