Immigration to allow longer stays for expat graduates from Oz universities

Published:  29 May at 6 PM
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The Australian visa gate has opened a little wider for expat graduates who’ve gained their degrees at Australian universities.

Previous immigration rules allowed graduating student sa further stay in Australia of up to eighteen months in order to give them time to consider a more permanent solution such as finding a sponsored job. The tweaked Graduate Skilled Visa scheme now allows four years for graduates to build up their work experience.

The new rules are part of a concerted push to attract the world’s brightest and best in order to fill an admitted skills gap across the country and boost its economy. The government is hoping that, after four years’ work experience, the visa’s straightforward conversion to permanent residency will be too good to resist.

Applications for the new visa must be lodged within a six month period after graduation, and a skills assessment is given. The change in rules is expected to attract more overseas students to Australian universities, with admission rates already on the up due to the recently introduced streamlined student visa system.

Immigration lawyers are recommending that graduates interested in staying should apply as early as possible as timing is everything when dealing with immigration offices. There’s also the possibility, according to some, that the rules might be changed yet again.
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