Australia is Considering Study Visa Flexibility to Incentivise International Students


Australia is considering doubling the migration points for professional year programs and extending post-study work rights for offshore studies in flexible new study visa options. Ministers are said to be “genuinely open” to visa reforms and it is expected changes will be put in place before the start of the new year.

Phil Honeywood, CEO of IEAA recently said the proposals will entitle students completing studies offshore to post-study work rights so “that when they come to Australia they don’t have to do any face-to-face learning, they can get their post-study work right based on their entire study abroad”.

Additionally, proposals would double the migration points for the completion of a professional year program in Australia from 5 to 10. The programs are now “very popular” among international graduates, Honeywood stated. “All of this plays into a skilled migration push, which is now happening in Australia as we’re waking up to the fact that we desperately need vibrant, resilient young people with skills that many Australian domestic students don’t have,” Honeywood noted.

“That skilled migration push hopefully will really resonate with the different levels of government.” The proposed policy reforms will aim to “really incentivise students to come to Australia and really incentivise our wonderful providers to really stay the distance”, he added. Uncapped work rights for international students in hospitality – and earning award wages – is also an additional incentive.

A campaign recently unveiled by Austrade – Shine with Australia – is targeting prospective international students to choose to study with Australian providers either online, or offshore, or onshore campuses.


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