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New research recommends international students be allowed to extend post-study work visa

October 2, 2019 no comment kartik

The report, ‘Temporary graduatification: Impacts of post-study work rights policy’ recommends federal government introduce a policy that allows international graduates to renew or extend their temporary graduate visa based on their job status and level of income.

485 visa is a huge factor for Indian students who choose Australia as their study destination.

It is often the first question many students ask. They want to gain work experience and put those skills to use right after they finish their studies

But it is a catch-22 situation for most students as 485 visa is still a temporary visa and most employers want to employ somebody who is going to stay, like a permanent visa holder.

This often forces international students to take up jobs in other fields which may not be relevant to their field or area of studies

“Greater guidance and support needed for international students”

The research backs this observation as the findings suggest a majority of international graduates on 485 visas find work (89 per cent for past visa holders and 79 per cent of current visa holders) but they are not necessarily working in their chosen profession or area of study.

“Up to 56 per cent of current visa holders either work outside their field of study (35 per cent) or are unemployed (21 per cent), which poses a risk of under-employment, financial stress and vulnerability for this group,” Associate Professor Tran said.

“We found employers are often reluctant to employ international graduates on a 485 visa especially if they also have a candidate with permanent residency.”

Associate Professor Tran said the report identified the need for greater guidance and support systems for international students applying for these visas.

“Universities are not allowed to provide advice on 485 visa applications or migrations issues and this leaves international students vulnerable to some migration agents who charge high fees and often provide poor advice that may not be in the student’s best professional interests,” Associate Professor Tran said.

The report, ‘Temporary graduatification: Impacts of post-study work rights policy’ recommends federal government introduce a policy that allows international graduates to renew or extend their temporary graduate visa based on their job status and level of income.

It also recommends the government introduce a regulation that allows international students in approved courses for at least two years to obtain an automatic 485 visa extension after they graduate.

By June 2019, the Federal Government had granted 91,776 of these visas to international graduates.

More than 70,000 international students enrolled at Australian educational institutes and universities in 2018.

 

News source: SBS Hindi


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