Post-study work option for international students in Australia
In what seems a new era of optimism in the Australian international education sector, the Australian Government has recently announced new changes in the post study work options for international students. From 2013, international students from private institutions can opt for a visa option that allows them to work professionally, once they complete their degrees in their institutions.
An extension on the post-study work visa for the international students in Australia has been announced by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, as part of the Knight Review for the Student Visa programme. These changes will allow university graduates or higher degree graduates from private education providers to get a maximum of 2 years post-study work visa after their courses finish.
The 18-month period that the current system offers will be extended to 2 years and will take effect from 2013. Masters by research or PhD students will be eligible for permits of three and four years respectively.
The government’s decision seeks to reflect the importance of the role of research in fostering innovation in the Australian economy.
"We are pleased to be extending post-study work arrangements to Bachelor or higher degree graduates from other education providers accredited to offer degree level programs, in addition to university graduates," Mr Bowen announced.
Additionally, a discount of 5% in the student visa fee has been also announced by the government, reducing the charge from AUS$565 to AUS$ 353.
Find out more about studying in Australia
Recent changes in the Australian student visa application
Read more about the latest study on Overseas students’ satisfaction in Australia
For more information about student visa application, follow the link to the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Aspiring journalist and Cambridge University graduate, Londoner 'by adoption'. Tweeting for @hotcourses_Abrd