The Australian government announced that it will increase the duration of stay for some university graduates.

Key Points:

  • Beginning July 1, Temporary Graduate visa holders who meet eligibility requirements will be granted an extra two years of post-study work rights.
  • A full list of occupations and eligibility requirements that a Temporary Graduate visa holder must have to qualify for the two-year extension is available here.
  • Graduates whose visa expires before July 1 can apply for an extension of their work rights through this website.

Additional Information: Australian authorities will also allow international students to work up to 48 hours (up from 40 hours) per two weeks beginning July 1. More information is available on the international student working hour cap factsheet.

BAL Analysis: The Australian government will be extending the duration of stay for qualifying Temporary Graduate visa holders to address labor shortages in important industries and retain top foreign talent.

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