As an international student, it is of interest to know what the options are to stay in Australia after completing higher education. Luckily there are a few options for international students such as completing further studies, applying for permanent residency or applying to extend the time spent living in Australia.
One option for international students to stay in Australia after completing higher education studies is to complete further studies such as an honours year, master’s degree or doctoral degree. International students will need to apply and successfully gain entry into their course of choice. International students will then need to apply for a new visa, extend their student health cover and ensure they have enough money to continue their stay.
To continue to work or study in Australia, international students can apply for permanent residency. International students will need to have their skills assessed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protections Skilled Migration Program and then may be invited to apply for a visa.
One visa that includes permanent residency for international students is the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) which is a visa for workers who are skilled and have been points-tests and who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or have been nominated by a state or territory government.
Other permanent visa options for international students are the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187). If an international student is not sent an invitation to apply for a visa they can always apply to temporarily stay in Australia.
International students may wish to apply to temporarily stay in Australia after completing their higher education. There are many visa options for international students, one of which is for international students who may wish to travel around Australia. International students can apply for a tourist visa or even a working holiday visa if they wish to work while traveling.
Another option is to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). This visa is for international students who have graduated and wish to stay in Australia temporarily.
If you are an international student seeking to stay in Australia after completing higher studies, it is important to look into your options well before you graduate. Universities have many online and on-campus features to help international students so the process is as smooth as possible.
Another way to familiarize yourself with the processes is by checking in with the Department of Immigration and Border Protections website and studying the protocols and options. Whether you are an international student looking to complete further studies, get started in the workforce, travel or become a permanent resident, there are options out there for you.