To address the skills shortages in key industries, the Government has implemented extension of post-study work rights visa for international students that have graduated from an Australian higher education provider.
The greater work rights will be available for graduates from occupations in demand and related qualifications including health, teaching, engineering, IT and agricultural fields.
These extended work rights will come into effect from 1 July 2023 and the amendment will extend 485 visa in post study work stream from:
two years to four years for select Bachelor degrees
three years to five years for select Masters degrees
four years to six years for all Doctoral degrees.
Eligible graduates with a valid Temporary Graduate Visa on 1 July 2023 or who apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa after 1 July 2023, will be considered for the two year extension.
Graduates whose visa expires before 1 July 2023 can apply for an extension of their work rights by using subclass 408 COVID-19 visa which can be granted for 2 years period for eligible 485 visa holders.
In addition, the Government will increase the work hours cap for student visa holders from 40 hours per fortnight to 48 hours per fortnight.
This change will take effect from 1 July 2023.