Extra 1 year visa for international graduates from regional institutions

The Department of Home Affairs has announced a new initiative for an additional Temporary Graduate visa with an extra one or two year of post-study work rights for international students who:

  • graduate from the regional campus of a registered university or institution with a higher education or postgraduate qualification; and
  • maintain ongoing residence in a regional area while holding their first Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa

The second Temporary Graduate visa will require ongoing residence in a regional area.

The definition of regional Australia for this purpose will be the same as the definition for skilled migration – all of Australia excluding Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Important change: Perth and Gold Coast are classified as regional areas

Increase in post-study work rights based on Australian qualification and region of study

Definition Locations Regional incentives
Major Cities Sydney, Melbourne

Brisbane

–          NA
Cities and major regional centres Perth, Adelaide

Gold Coast

Sunshine Coast, Canberra Newcastle/Lake Macquarie

Wollongong/Illawarra Geelong

Hobart

–          Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.–          Priority processing on regional visas.

–          Access to the Regional Occupations List –  more jobs compared to non-regional lists.

–          International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional 1 year in Australia on a post-study work visa.

Regional centres and other regional areas All other locations –          Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.–          Priority processing on regional visas.

–          Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists.

–          International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional 2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa.

–          Priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

  • Bachelor degree (including Honours ): 2 + 1 year (for cities and major regional centres) / 2 years for regional centres and other regional areas)
  • Masters by coursework: 2 + 1 year (for cities and major regional centres) / 2 years for regional centres and other regional areas)
  • Masters by research: 3 + 1 year (for cities and major regional centres) / 2 years for regional centres and other regional areas)
  • Doctoral degree: 4 + 1 year (for cities and major regional centres) / 2 years for regional centres and other regional areas)

In order to be eligible for this visa extension, students need to graduate from a regional institution and then spend at least two years residing in a regional area. The additional Temporary Graduate visa will be officially implemented in November 2019, and be available to the first eligible graduates from 2021.

  • Regional areas include Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Lake Macquarie, Illawarra, Geelong, Newcastle, Wollongong, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra.

Contact us today for a commitment free briefing with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne to find more about your visa options.