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International Students may stay longer in Australia

Australia has come up with some changes in the system which may ensure that the graduate students coming from abroad can stay for a longer period than they did.

The Visa changes

Australia introduces changes to the Subclass 485 visa. This would make arrangements for the international students graduating from this country to work even after they have completed their studies. As known to all, earlier a student was not allowed to stay back after completing his graduation.

Now an international student completing Graduation or Master's degree or even holding a doctoral degree would be allowed to stay back and get into a job.

This would be considered as a part of their practical work experience which would complement their Australian qualifications.

The steps students need to take

The student needs to apply under the Graduate work Stream or Post Study Work Stream category for enjoying this facility. The visa issued under this category is valid for 18 months and every subclass of this visa has its own requirements to be met.

The system of advantageous for

All those international students who have completed their graduation recently and hold a skill or qualification which is great demand in the country can enjoy the benefits of this system. The demand is purely decided by the "Skilled Occupation List". A deserving candidate can get a visa for as long as a maximum period of four years.

The Basic requirements to be met by the internationalstudents

A student has to make his application under Visa Subclass 485. And those who were granted student visa on or post November 5, 2011 can only be the applicants and beneficiaries of this change in visa system.

One also needs to submit aviddocuments to prove that their health is insured during their stay in Australia.

The associated costs

An international student may have to bear the cost of health assessments, police certificates and any other assessments needed to be conducted by the officials. This may come during verifying the details of an international student.

The recent developments on this front

In an attempt to attract more and more international students, Australia, is bringing in more and more reforms in the Visa system to make it friendlier for them.

Work Visa options under the program called temporary Skilled 457 visa and the Skilled Graduate Visa would also be made available to graduates so that they can work after completing their studies. This will also help the employers to fill out the vacancies lying in their firms. And these vacancies would be filled up skilled and genuine candidates.


There was a time when Australia had started losing tis sheen amongst the community of internationalstudents, now, the effort are made to attract the best of the talents and alsotheretain them so that they can contribute to the economic progress of the country taking the same to the heights.

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