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Posted on September 06 2022

International Students in Australia Get an Extension of 2 Years to Work

By  Editor
Updated October 27 2023

Highlights: 2 years of work extension for international students in Australia

  • Australia announced two more years of work for international graduates.
  • The announcement was made at the Jobs & Skills Summit held recently in Australia.
  • It is applicable to undergraduates, post-graduates, and doctoral graduates.

Abstract: International students in Australia can work for two additional years.

The Jobs and Skills Summit was held in Australia last week. At the summit, it was announced that international students who have graduated can work for 2 more years in addition to the time stipulated before.

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Work for International Students in Australia

The international students can stay for two more years and work in Australia.  The details of the recent changes announced are given below:

Work Duration Changes for International Students in Australia
Qualification Current Work Duration After Graduation (in years) Previous Work Duration After Graduation (in years)
Bachelor's 4 2
Master's 5 3
Ph.D. 6 4

The changes were implemented to address the shortage of workforce in Australia. The government of Australia will announce in October the degrees which will be included in the extension of work for international graduates. The field of nursing, IT, and engineering will be given priority.

International students have welcomed this move of Australia wanting to keep them for longer in the country after they graduate. It will help in attracting more students to the universities of Australia and secure graduate job roles.

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This rule will help international graduates Australia PR or permanent residency easily.

While the rule currently applies to international students pursuing studies in Australia presently, it is expected that the rule would be extended in the future.

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More Changes for International Graduates in Australia

Along with permitting international students to work longer after they graduate, the Australian federal government is relaxing the number of hours for training and student visa holders can work till 30 June 2023. The stakeholders suggest caps on work hours from then on.

It has been deduced that there is a need to ensure that international graduates are employed in industries related to their studies and also earn adequate income to support their education and living in Australia. Therefore, restructuring international student working rights is required.

The federal government of Australia declared at the summit to boost the permanent skilled migration program in Australia. It planned to raise the places from 160,000 to 195,000 for people who want to migrate to Australia, for this fiscal year. The additional 35,000 places aim to attract more healthcare professionals, technology workers, and more, to address skill shortages in the country.

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