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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
>AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 113 Working in Australia after graduation After graduation, international students disperse across the world to start their new careers. Some students want to work in Australia. The government has recently changed its visa conditions. The majority of international students return to their homes or travel to a new country to start their careers after graduation. Some students are keen to stay in Australia, however, there are strict visa conditions. AUSTRALIA’S MIGRATION PROGRAM Students should not study in Australia with the sole purpose of trying to obtain permanent residency or migration. The student visa system is quite separate to the migration process. Australia’s migration program aims to fill skills shortages across the country and contribute to the economy. If you want to work and live in the country after graduation, you must apply to stay in Australia. There is a range of temporary and permanent residency visas. International students can apply for permanent residency through the General Skilled Migration program. These visas are for people who have graduated with an Australian qualification or have skilled work experience and are not sponsored by an employer. The program aims to select migrants with the high value, nation- building skills that are needed by the Australian economy and labour market. Applying for a residency visa involves passing a points test. Points are allocated based on factors such as age, IELTS test score, work experience and qualifications. Successful migrants will need to possess a combination of skills and experience. You gain extra points in recognition of two years’ full-time study in Australia. You will also receive extra points for studying in a regional area of Australia or a low- population-growth metropolitan area for two years or more. While points will no longer be awarded on the basis of occupation, all applicants must still nominate an occupation on the applicable Skilled Occupation List. Note that the skilled migration program aims to meet the current needs of the Australian economy and will continue to adapt to Australia’s economic needs. Skilled migration to Australia is highly competitive. You may want to consider your eligibility to apply for an alternative migration option, such as the Employer Nomination Scheme or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. If you find that you need to study for further qualifications before applying for a permanent residency visa, you can apply for an 18-month temporary visa to extend your stay. ● GRADUATE WORK EXPERIENCE IN AUSTRALIA The Australian Government is introducing a new two to four year post-study work visa for university graduates, depending on the level of study completed. In announcing the new visa in September 2011, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon Christopher Evans, said: ‘Students are increasingly looking to augment their studies with graduate work experience and this further post-study work visa option will offer university students a more complete study experience in Australia’. >FIND OUT MORE Department of immigration and citizenship www.immi.gov.au/ immigration General Skilled Migration program www.immi.gov.au/skilled/ general-skilled-migration/ Regional employment www.immi.gov.au/skilled/ regional-employment/
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