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Australia extends post-study work rights for in-demand graduates

02 September 2022

International students in Australia with in-demand skills will soon be able to stay and work in the country for longer, under changes announced today. In todays press release Jason Clare, the Minister for Education, students who study in industries with skills shortages will be able to stay in Australia two years longer.

The move is a first step in encouraging more international students to move into permanent migration pathways, but will be limited to those who graduate from courses in areas of skill shortages such as nursing, teaching, IT and engineering.

Under the changes, bachelor degree graduates will be able to stay for four years, up from two. Master’s graduates will have their post-study work-rights visas increased from three to five and PhD graduates will be able to stay six years, up from four.