An Overview of The Post Study Work Visa in Australia

In general, the international students with a wish to pursue higher education abroad, have tentative plans to stay there for a longer period than their student visa and gain professional experience. The Australian education institutions offers various degrees, courses and education that have practical and professional applications. Australia has provisions for post study work for its international students, and it is a key reason for Nepali students along with all international students to choose Australia as an educational destination. Australia has high demand for skilled workforce in the country, and with a limited population of its own, Australia has set up arrangements on policy level to attract, sustain and accumulate international students by offering them a post-study work visa provision. The post-study work visa in Australia allows international students to stay, work and live in Australia for a time period of up to 4 years. The general provision is 2 years of Post study work after completion of 2 years of higher degree education and the period for post study work gets extended by the region of study and the course as well. For instance, the post study work for studying in Darwin is 3 years or studying Master by Research is 3 years as well.

The Department of Home Affair of the Australian Government is the concerned government authority for the immigration and citizenship concerns. It offers various types of work visa for international students upon the fulfillment of certain eligibility requirements.

This article will provide you with detailed information about post-study work visa provisions in Australia including details like eligibility requirements, visa fees and application process.

Here is an overview of the types of post study visas:

Post Study Work Visa - Types of Australian Visa

Skilled-Recognized Graduate Visa (Subclass 476)

Key Features:
  • Applicable for Engineering graduates
  • Stay duration - Up to 18 months
  • Processing time - 8 - 11 months
  • Visa cost - Starts from AUD 405
  • Visa type - Temporary
  • This visa category allows the applicant to bring their family

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) for Graduate Work Stream

Key Features:
  • Applicable for recent graduates
  • Stay duration — Up to 18 months
  • Processing time - 90 days - 4 months
  • Visa cost - Starts from AUD 1,650

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) for Post-Study Work Stream

Key Features:
  • Recent graduates from an registered Australian institution and meeting the criteria can apply for this visa
  • Stay duration - Between 2 - 4 years
  • Processing time - 70 days - 90 days
  • Visa cost - Starts from AUD 1,650
  • Visa type - Temporary
  • This visa category allows the applicant to bring their family

Post Study Work Visa Australia - Key Requirements

As per the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Government, the international students are required to meet certain eligibility requirements to be eligible for post-study work visa in Australia. The visa entry requirements is also subjective to the duration you want to stay in Australia. The detailed description of the visa requirements for each post-study work visa type are as follows:

Post Study Work Visa Australia — Skilled-Recognized Graduate Visa

Only engineering graduates meeting the pre requisites are allowed to make application for the Skilled-Recognized Graduate Visa (Subclass 476). The visa category allows international students to stay, study, travel within and work in Australia for a maximum period of up to 18 months. The international students must fulfill the following conditions to meet the visa eligibility requirements -

  • The applicant must be below 31 years.
  • The applicant must also hold an engineering degree at a specified educational institution in the past 2 years.
  • The applicant must not be a previous holder of a Skilled-Recognized Graduate Visa (subclass 476) or Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485).
  • The applicant must also meet the required health and character as specified.
  • Having an English proficiency is mandatory to be eligible for this post-study work visa in Australia. There is an waiver for this criteria if the applicant holds a passport from the UK, USA, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand or Canada.

Post Study Work Visa Australia — Temporary Graduate Visa

The Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) has two categories, Graduate Work Stream and Post-Study Work Stream. The Graduate Work Stream allows the international students to stay in Australia for up to 18 months, similarly the Post-Study Work Stream allows international students in Australia to stay for up to 4 years (depending on their qualification and region of study). The eligibility requirements for each stream of visas are as follows -

Temporary Graduate Visa - Graduate Work Stream

This visa allows international students to work, study, live, and travel within Australia for a temporary time period. The eligibility requirements must to get the Temporary Graduate Visa under Graduate Work Stream are as follows -

  • The applicant must be under the age of 50.
  • The applicant must be a recent graduate with qualification and skills relevant to occupations specified in the skilled occupation list.
  • The applicant must also meet the Australian education requirements, i.e., they must be awarded with at least one certified diploma or a CRICOS registered course in the past 6 months.
  • The applicant must have held an Australian study visa, complied with the visa conditions and their medium of study must be in English.
  • The applicant also have a valid IELTS, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic, OET or Cambridge C1 Advanced Test score to prove their English proficiency.
  • The applicant must also meet the standard health and character requirements as specified.
  • The applicant must not be a previous holder of Subclass 476 or a Subclass 485 visa as a primary visa. In case, the applicants have had a previous visa cancelled or refused, their applications will not be considered.
Temporary Graduate Visa - Post-Study Work Stream

If you have recently graduated from an Australian institution, you are eligible to apply for this post-study work visa. This particular visa allows you to work, study and live in Australia temporarily for a duration of 2 to 4 years on the basis of your qualification and region of study. This visa also allows you to bring your immediate family members. The key requirements for this visa are as follows -

  • The applicant must be under the age of 50.
  • The applicant must have a graduate degree in a course registered with CRICOS.
  • The applicant must be a current holder of a student visa or must have held a student visa within the past 6 months.
  • The applicant must not be a previous holder of Subclass 476 or Subclass 485 visa.
  • Meeting the Australian education requirement is also mandatory.
  • The applicant have any of the following degrees -
    • Bachelor degree
    • Bachelor (honors) degree
    • Masters by coursework degree
    • Masters (extended degree)
    • Masters by research degree
    • Doctoral degree
  • The applicant having a diploma or a trade qualification cannot apply for this visa.
  • The applicant must be proficient in English language and provide proof of their proficiency through any of the tests like IELTS, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic, Cambridge Cl Advanced Test or OET.
  • The applicant must also meet the standard health and character requirements as specified.

Post Study Work Visa Australia - How to apply?

The international students with an intention to apply for any of the post-study work visas in Australia can either apply online through their ImmiAccount or using the paper form. The paper form application is generally accepted in cases where 'No further stay' condition 8503 or 8534 is available in students' current visa. For online applications, the applicants need to visit the official website of the Department of Home Affair, Government of Australia. It is recommended that you apply for this visa within 6 months of the official completion date of your course.

While you can make the application on your own it is highly recommended to get professional advice from trusted agents who specialize in this line of work and application.

The step-by-step application guide to apply online for your assistance -
  • Step 1:
    Gather all required supporting documents prior to starting the application. Validate the documents as required. The required documents for the application are the identity documents, educational certificates, insurance documents, character certificate, necessary application forms and other documents as required on case to case basis.

  • Step 2:
    Visit the official webpage of ImmiAccount

  • Step 3:
    Create ImmiAccount' (for new users) or login to your existing ImmiAccount

  • Step 4:
    Fill the visa application form and attach all supporting documents

  • Step 5:
    In case if your family will be joining you, you will be required to provide their details as well

  • Step 6:
    Pay the application charge (as specified) online by your preferred payment method

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