To be an Australian permanent resident is an aspiration for many in India and elsewhere. People start as early as a student to eventually become the permanent resident of Australia. There is a visa subclass 485, granted by the Australian government to international students for their temporary stay in the country after the completion of the graduation.

Under this visa, there are two streams that allows the international students to stay temporarily in Australia known as the Graduate Work Stream and the Post-Study Work Stream. The Graduate Work Streams caters to the international graduates who possess the skills that benefits Australia. However, the Post-Study Work Stream requires the candidate to have an Australian degree to be eligible to apply.

Focusing primarily upon the Post-Study Work Stream, it is the most desirable visa for the international graduates as they can stay for up to four years In Australia if they can find employment on their own and can have their immediate family live with them on this visa. This stay can be the pathway towards permanent residence for Australia for the candidates, if they are able to find the strong employment that makes them eligible for permanent residence later on. The length of the stay, however, shall depend upon the level of Australian qualification – for Bachelor’s it is two years and for PhD, it is four years.

To be eligible for the 485 visa, the applicant must be less than 50 years of age and should hold an eligible visa. Further, the candidate has to meet the English language proficiency requirement and should have studied for at least 16 months in Australia for a degree that is registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Pertaining to the COVID-19 situation, the Australian Government is working in close connection with the Universities to minimize the impact on the international students regarding their visa eligibility. Most affected ones are those who could not enter Australia due to the pandemic restrictions. There are speculations that the students shall retain the eligibility for temporary Graduate visa if they got stuck overseas for six months after their graduation.

Australia is known for its commitment towards the education and its students, whether domestic or international. In order to begin your journey for Australian education that may lead you to become the permanent resident of Australia, contact StudyAbroadExpert at +91 8595338595 now.

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