Australia is the third most desired destination for students wishing to study abroad. Besides all the benefits that the education system offers, the government promotes International students to study in Australia by having flexible foreign study Visa laws. Australia, as a study abroad destination, is famous for the ease of doing job after completing the studies. The constant demand for skilled workforce in the continent country has boosted the education sector, which continues to attract and sustain international students and assimilate them into the country’s industry. But, as an international student, there are some ways and means of going about it and a Post Study Work Permit is what you would need.
An international student is accepted and allowed to study in a foreign country on what is called a Student Visa. This visa is categorized for the purpose of pursuing a course or undergo a vocational training. Once the course is over, however, the validity of the visa expires as well. This might happen immediately or after 6 months (according to the Student Visa Guidelines of the country.) After the same, a student must apply for and get a Work Permit to continue staying in the country for employment purposes. Students who have completed their studies in Australia can apply for a Post Study Work Permit or a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485). This visa has replaced the earlier Skilled Graduate Visa (subclass 485) and came into effect from March 2013.
Types of Post Study Work Permits
The Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) has two streams or categories. The first being the Graduate Work Stream and the other being the Post Study Work Stream. The difference in the two is essentially the kind of qualification an international student has gained.
A Graduate Work Stream caters to international students who have completed the Australian Study Requirements and have an eligible qualification as well as skills pertinent to occupations listed on the Skills Occupation List (SOL). This generally would cater to students who apply for a Vocational Education and Training qualification and one of the TAFE institutes. This visa is granted for 18 months.
A Post Study Work Stream, on the other hand, is for international students who have completed the Australian Study Requirements and have gained either a bachelor’s, masters or a doctoral degree from a recognized Australian University. This visa is only available to students who applied and were granted a student visa for Australia on or after November 5, 2011. The tenure depends on the kind of degree you hold. For instance, a bachelor’s degree, a bachelor’s honours degree or a master’s course degree (a degree that does not have a linked industrial training) is valid for 2 years. A Masters with Research degree qualifies you for a Temporary Visa for up to 3 years and a Doctoral Degree makes you eligible for a Temporary Visa of 4 years.
Once you have graduated and attained your desired degree, you have the option to stay in Australia anywhere between eighteen months to four years, depending on your field of education. This is known as a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485).
In order to qualify for the Temporary Graduate Visa, you must be:
- Under 50 years of age
- Staying in Australia
- Hold an eligible visa
- Meet the Australian study requirement
- *Meet the English language requirement
- *English proficiency can be proved by one of the two ways:
- An IELTS score of 6.5
- Passport from an English Speaking Nation
The Temporary Graduate Visa is of two kinds:
- Post Study Work Stream Visa
Under this visa, you and your family can live, work, travel in Australia between 2-4 years. You are eligible for this visa if you graduated from an Australian institute within six months of the visa application date. Also, you must have submitted the application and gotten approval for your first visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011.
- Duration of Visa Degree Required
- 2 years Bachelor’s Degree
- 2-3 years Master’s Degree/Research
- 4 years Doctorate Degree
- Graduate Work Stream Visa
Under this visa, you and your family can live, work, travel in Australia for a maximum duration of eighteen months. You are eligible for this visa if you graduated from an Australian institute within six months of the visa application date. Also, you must have submitted the application and got an approval for your first visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011.
The duration of the visa does not depend on your degree of education. You could even hold a certificate or a diploma from an Australian university and still qualify for this visa. However, your education must be in an area in which Australia has a shortage of skilled workers. This could be an occupation listed in the Skilled Occupation List such as Engineer, Scientist or a Teacher. You are also required to pass their skills assessment in your area of expertise.
In order to get approved for either of the above-mentioned visas, the applicant along with the dependents (or family members) must be physically present in Australia.