THIS ‘BIG’ VISA INCENTIVE FOR AUSTRALIA’S INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WILL COME INTO EFFECT IN 2021
In a bid to support the regional international education sector, the Australian Government will provide an extension of post-study work visa rights to international students who have studied and lived in regional areas.
From 2021, the post-study work stream Temporary Graduate visa (TGV) holders (Subclass 485) who have acquired their degrees from a regional educational institution and have lived in regional Australia on their first TGV will be eligible for a second TGV.
The period of grant for a second TGV will be determined based on where the student studied and where they lived on their first TGV, as per the following categories:
International graduates who have studied and lived in Category 2 will be eligible for an additional year on a second Temporary Graduate visa.
International graduates who have studied and lived in Category 3 will be eligible for an additional 2 years on a second Temporary Graduate visa.
As per the information supplied by the Department, Category 2 includes the following major cities and regional areas: Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Greater Geelong and Hobart.
Category 3 includes regional centres and other regional areas.
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