Following the Australian Government’s recent announcement about changes to its temporary skilled work visas, Study Melbourne have prepared the following Q&A to clear up any questions you have about how the changes might affect international students.
Q. Will these changes affect Australia’s Student Visa (subclass 500) or the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485)?
A: No. These changes will only affect temporary skilled migrant visas and will not affect visas for people coming to Australia to study.
Q. I am a current visa holder. Will these changes affect me?
A. No. These changes will not affect current visa holders. They will only affect people applying for temporary skilled work visas in the future.
Q. Will these changes affect work requirements for those on Australia’s Student Visa (subclass 500) or the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485)?
A. No. These changes will not affect work requirements for any of Australia’s student visas.
Q. What do these changes mean for international students?
A. These changes do not directly affect international students, and are designed to address skills shortages in the Australian workforce. International students are welcome in Australia and in Victoria, and the Victorian Government remains committed to ensuring all international students have an outstanding experience in our State.
Q. I would like to apply for a skilled work visa when I complete my studies in Australia. How will these changes affect me?
A. These changes will affect the amount of time a temporary skilled work visa holder can stay in Australia, and the occupations that are supported by their visa. To understand the changes, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection Fact Sheets below.
For more information about the changes, read the fact sheets below or visit the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
- Fact sheet one: Reforms to Australia’s temporary employer sponsored skilled migration programme – abolition and replacement of the 457 visa (447KB PDF)
- Fact sheet two: Reforms to Australia’s permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programme (494KB PDF)
If you would like to talk to someone about what these changes mean to international students, visit the Study Melbourne Student Centre at 599 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or call 1800 056 449