The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will introduce new post-study work arrangements in early 2013 for overseas graduates who hold an Australian Bachelor's, Master's or a Doctoral degree, a DIAC spokeswoman announced.
the announcement, the new post-study work arrangements is an additional stream
in the existing temporary skilled graduate (subclass 485) visa which allows
overseas graduates with skills and qualifications related to an in-demand
occupation to remain in Australia for an additional 18 months. The introduction
of new post-study work arrangements for degree level graduates in Australia was
a key recommendation of the Strategic review of the student visa program 2011,
conducted by the Hon Michael Knight AO.
The post-study work stream
of the subclass 485 will be available for overseas students who lodged their
first Australian student visa application after the introduction of the genuine
temporary entrant requirement (GTE) on November 5, 2011.
applicants do not meet the requirement, they can still apply for the temporary
graduate visa through the graduate work stream (the existing subclass 485
To qualify for the new post-study work arrangements,
applicants must graduate from an Australian educational
institution with a Bachelor's, Master's and/or Doctoral degree. To complete this
qualification, the study must have been at Bachelor level and above and must
meet the Australian study requirement.
As the spokeswoman stated in
the announcement, the duration of the subclass 485 visa under the new post-study
work arrangements that applicants are granted will depend on the qualification
that they have used to qualify for the stream. Graduates who have completed a
Bachelor's degree, Master's by coursework degree or Master's extended degree may
be eligible to apply for a two year post study work visa. Graduates who have
completed a Master's by research degree or a Doctorate may be eligible to apply
for a three or four year post-study work visa respectively. Other graduates may
be eligible to apply for an 18 month subclass 485 visa through the graduate work
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