2021-2022 Updated Australian Visa Rights for International Students
For over a decade, Australia has been the hub for international students flying in from across the globe, with an ultimate aim to establish a career in their chosen fields in the country. Most international students pursuing their studies in Australia - especially popular courses such as Cyber Security, Data Science, and Information Technology, easily land a job as soon as they complete their bachelor's and master's degrees.
Whether you're looking for internships, part-time or full-time work, Australia has a million opportunities. The Australian Government even allows international students to work up to 40 hours a fortnight and full-time during semester holidays.
And guess what? International students working in Australia get the same legal and protective rights just like other full-time employees. Besides, the government is also taking consistent measures to help international students return to Australia, through the Temporary Graduate Visa, to study and start work post the COVID-19 restrictions.
With the exciting news of the Australian borders opening in December, Prime minister Scott Morrison has also recently announced certain visa benefits and grants for International students entering Australia in December 2021.
Want to know the perks? Read on!
- Extension of the Temporary Graduate Visa
As a perk to International students coming to Australia for studying masters courses, the Morrison Government has planned to increase the duration of stay on the Temporary Graduate Visa. The current duration of the Temporary Graduate Visa is up to 2 years.
However, once the new policy is in effect, the duration will be extended for three years for Masters by coursework graduates. And guess what? Vocational Education and Training graduates will also be eligible to receive a two-year Temporary Graduate Visa.
- Replacement Visa for Temporary Graduates (subclass 485)
International students who were unable to travel to Australia earlier due to the Covid 19 restrictions can apply for a replacement visa. Therefore, if your Temporary Graduate visa expired on or before 1st February 2020, you can reapply for a new subclass 485 visa for the duration as applied earlier. This provision is also applicable to students and temporary graduates who have enrolled in distant education.
- Grants for International students
The Morrison Government has also announced additional grants and monetary support worth over $37 mn for International students studying in Australia. More than $9 million will be provided in grants for institutions offering intensive English language courses for overseas students.