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March 10, 2023

Australia Lifts Restrictions And Grants Extensions To Students

The Federal government has eased the work restrictions imposed on student visa holders to tackle Australia’s existing labour shortages. Now students would be able to work more than 40 hours per fortnight. This will be implemented from 1 July 2023, allowing students to work 48 hours per fortnight.

Every employer is responsible for ensuring that their staff, including supervisors and managers, know of these changes to the restrictions for student visa holders.

Extensions For International Graduates

Specific holders of the Temporary Graduate visa subclass 485 will be given an extension to stay in Australia from 1 July 2023. Here’s what this means.

  • A Bachelor’s degree graduate will get a four-year extension.
  • An extension of five years for a Master’s degree graduate
  • A Doctoral graduate will get an extension of six years.

However, individuals who live, work, and study in regional years will still get an extension of one or two years if they are eligible.

What’s important to note here is that only international students with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in qualifications mentioned on the eligible qualifications list will get an extension. On the other hand, doctoral graduates remain eligible for an extension of two years, irrespective of their qualifications. Any Temporary Graduate Visa Holder who completes a qualification listed on the approved list will automatically become eligible for an extension. Plus, applicants who submit applications for a Temporary Graduate Visa from 1 July 2023 will be eligible for extensions.

Transitional arrangements to apply for a Covid-19 Pandemic Event visa subclass 408 have been made for Temporary Graduate visa holders whose visas will expire before 1 July 2023 or have already expired. As a result, individuals with an employment offer or contract can stay in Australia for two more years.

We hope you found this information helpful. Follow our blogs for the latest updates and informative content on Australian immigration.

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