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End of the two-year extension of post-study work rights

post-study work rights

In a significant policy shift, the Australian Government has decided to discontinue the extension of post-study work rights for international graduates holding a Subclass 485 visa. This decision, effective from mid-2024, marks a notable departure from the previous initiative introduced on July 1, 2023, which aimed to provide a 2 year extension to the 485 visa for graduates in select fields experiencing skill shortages.

The extended post-study work rights initiative, implemented less than a year ago, was designed to offer international graduates an extra two years on their Subclass 485 visa if they possessed qualifications in areas identified as facing skill shortages. This move was welcomed by many international students as it provided them with an extended period to gain valuable work experience and potentially secure long-term employment opportunities in Australia.

The rationale provided for this reversal revolves around Australia's evolving economic landscape and the need to realign migration policies with national priorities outlined in the Migration Strategy.


To review your visa options and understand your eligibility, book a consultation with one of our experienced Registered Migration Agents today.

Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case-specific information or advice, please get in touch with SCA Connect.

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