If you are looking forward to work in Australia after graduation, I assure you that your Australian degree will give you a better job opportunity not only in your country but also in Australia and all over the world. That is for what the Australian education has achieved from great and wide reputation around the world.
If you decided to continue studying or working in Australia after graduation, you should check first whether your visa allows that, or you need to apply for a new visa.
You can visit the Australian Department for Home Affairs to check the visa requirements and know your available options.
Australian Visas for students
Contrarily to other countries, the student visa in Australia does not give you the automatic right to stay and work for a period of time in Australia after graduation.
Under Australian law, the student visa entitles you to temporarily enter and stay in the country to study. It also requires you leaving the country following graduation, which means that your graduation date is your visa expiry date.
However, Australia is still one of the countries that need a non-Australian workforce. Students who graduated from an Australian institute have facilitations to stay in the country by getting a work visa of a special category.
Australian Points Program
Moreover, there are other categories of work visas that are eligible for international students. Australia also has a special program for the permanent residence by using points to measure the skills, experience, and qualifications of the applicants.
To learn more, you can visit the Work Permit website to calculate your points and know your eligibility to immigrate to Australia. Otherwise, you can send a message with sufficient information about yourself to an email address you will find on the website.
Categories of visas to work in Australia after graduation
Temporary Graduate Visa – Subclass 485
It is the most common option available for the international students after graduation. This visa permits staying in Australia for 18 months to gain work experience. In order to be granted this visa, you should have completed at least two years of study in Australia.
Training and Research Visa – Subclass 402
This is another option for international graduates, subclass 442 comes under it. It aims at enhancing the graduates’ work skills for up to two years. It requires the sponsorship of the work owner.
The Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa – Subclass 487
This visa grants temporary residence and the right to work in a designated regional area for 3 years.
Skilled Regional Visa– Subclass 887
It is a permanent residency visa that entitles the applicant to live and work in Australia permanently. This is on condition that the application should have lived in the country for at least two years, plus one year of work experience. One should also have enough points to be qualified for the visa.
Skilled Independent Visa –Subclass 885
This is an independent visa that entitles the applicant to permanently stay and work without the need for the work owner sponsorship.
Factors to Assess Visa Eligibility
As shown above, Australia used a points program to determine whether a person is qualified to be granted a residence visa or not. The following are the factors that are used for the assessment:
- Fluency in the English language
- Age: preferable between 19 and 44 years old
- Years of work experience
- Educational qualifications in Australia and the duration of the study period
It is advisable to set an appointment before graduation with one of the university’s counselors, and the residence and points’ specialist to discuss the available options for the student who wishes to work in the country. This is because the residence rules and regulations change constantly in Australia.