Starting this week, some foreign students in Australia will have access to 2 more years of PSW (Post Study Work rights) with the expansion of the regional cities list for immigration purposes.
The definition of regional Australia for migration has changed with effect from 16 November, 2019.
Foreign students who seek to work in Australia with the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), which grants them post-study work rights, will have access to up to 2 more years of work rights in Australia depending on where they choose to study.
These changes will see three geographical categories classified as the following:
1) Category 1 – the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – which will have no access to regional incentives for migration;
2) Category 2 – with dedicated access to 25,000 regional immigration places, and defined as ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’ of Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Newcastle/ Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart; and
3) Category 3 – with dedicated access to 25,000 regional immigration places, and classified as all other ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’.
Category 2 and 3 Australia regions will offer extended PSW for foreign students
International graduates with a bachelor or higher qualification from a regional campus of a registered institution will be eligible for an extra year in Australia on a Temporary Graduate PSW visa (subclass 485).
Professor Richard Speed, Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) at La Trobe University, told Global Education Times: “The main change is the introduction of eligibility to access an additional 2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa (PSW) in addition to the standard two years currently available.
“To be eligible for this, students must graduate from campuses in ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’, and continues to live and work there. Graduates from La Trobe’s four Victorian regional campuses who live in these locations will be eligible to apply for more time in Australia.
“There is skilled work available in these communities that international graduates can apply for. Accounting, IT and engineering graduates are all in short supply.”
Prof Speed stated: “Different study locations now lead to eligibility for different work rights post study. Major cities offer only short post-study work rights. Students are eligible for longer work rights if they graduate and live in more regional areas.”
PSW changes will benefit both Australia and foreign students
These changes are good news for international students and Australians alike, as Global Education Times reported recently that university graduates in Australia see high salaries and employment rates and that international students provide a boost to the Gold Coast’s economy.
Karyn Kent, CEO of StudyAdelaide, told Global Education Times that this move will be “fantastic for the HE sector. It also gives an extra lever to highlight the quality and range of providers outside Australia’s major capital cities.”
Continuing about the impact of the changes on local regions, Kent noted: “Local businesses have enthusiastically embraced the news in what is seen as a win-win for employers and international graduates; employers gain from the language, cultural and other skills brought by international students and the students can obtain valued roles.”
The Temporary Graduate Visa enables eligible graduates to stay for between 2 and 4 years following graduation, depending on the subject and level of study.
The visa permits the individual to live, study, and work, in Australia temporarily once the initial studies have been completed.
Prof Speed added: “The main effect [of the post-study work 485 visa] will be to offer students considering study in Australia some options they did not have before.”
In order to be eligible for the visa, the individual must have a recent degree in a CRICOS-registered course, details of which can be found on the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.
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