With a growing economy and a high demand for overseas skilled workers, Australia’s government has decided to extend post-study work provision for international students in industries with skills shortages.
A tweet by Minister of Education for Australia Jason Clare states, “Important announcement from the Jobs and Skills Summit – we will increase post-study work rights by two years for international students who completed their education from Australian universities in areas of verified skills shortage.”
This is a welcome change for overseas bachelor’s degree graduates to live in Australia and stay back for four years, for master’s graduates can extend their stay for five years, and PhD holders can reside in the nation for six years.
There is an increase in the last allowed time of stay from 2 years for undergrad students, three years for those pursuing master’s degrees, and four years for doctoral abroad students. Going by the reports, the top areas of importance and focus shall be given to students pursuing nursing, engineering, and IT courses.
A spokesperson for Australia Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil conveyed to SBS News in a statement that they are the graduates that the government believes the country needs, and they can move straight into an industry where there is a shortage of highly skilled workers. Australia needs to use the fantastic resource of international students better.”
Australia, for years, has been a hub for international students who want to pursue their higher studies here and eventually find a way to live permanently in different regions of Australia. There is a rise in demand for qualified and skilled overseas working professionals that have gone down because of the pandemic onslaught.