Visa Update: Australia Announces Post-Study Work Extension For International Students


The Australian government will extend international students’ post-study work rights in order to strengthen the skilled labour pipeline. This allows qualified international student graduates to stay in Australia and work for an additional two years.

It’s a piece of good news for international students who want to spend more time in Australia finding jobs and putting their skills to use.

The extension applies to international student graduates who have graduated in areas where there are verified skill shortages. Qualifying courses have yet to be announced but will address current industry skill gaps. Accounting, engineering, nursing, and information technology are examples of relevant fields of study for international students.

Australia Post-Study Work Extension

Post-study work rights for select degrees in areas of verified skill shortages will be increased from:

  • Two years to four years for select Bachelor’s degrees
  • Three years to five years for select Masters degrees
  • Four years to six years for select PhDs.

These two-year extensions provide qualifying student graduates with additional time to work in their field and launch their careers.

In addition, the Australian government is investing A$36.1 million in visa processing to meet increased demand and reduce visa delays. This is an excellent example of the country’s dedication to its international students.

Australian Student Visa

To study in Australia, you must first apply for a student visa. The procedure is simple, but there are a few things you should know before you begin.

  • First, you must have an admission offer from an Australian university.
  • Second, you must demonstrate that you have the financial means to support your studies and
  • Finally, you must meet the English language requirements.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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