The Australian and Indian governments signed an agreement to promote migration for students, graduates and academic professionals to live and work in each other’s countries.

Key Points:

  • Beginning July 1, Indian nationals who are graduating from higher education institutions in Australia will be eligible for post-study work visa options valid for up to eight years.
  • Indian nationals will be able to apply for a new pilot program, the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-Professionals Scheme, to live and work in the country.
  • MATES will be available for up to 3,000 Indian nationals working in agriculture technology, artificial intelligence, engineering, financial technology, information and communication technology, mining and renewable energy industries.

Additional Information: Indian authorities are expected to announce reciprocal program details in the coming weeks. More information is available here.

BAL Analysis: The governments of Australia and India signed the mobility agreement to attract highly skilled workers to each other’s countries and increase economic cooperation. BAL will provide more information regarding the new immigration programs as it is made available.

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