On December 15, 2021, the Australian borders finally welcomed fully vaccinated international students whose study abroad plans have been on hold for too long. 2022 looks even brighter as Ben Watt, migration lawyer for VisaEnvoy, predicts Australia will focus on providing Australian public relations channels to international students who have remained loyal to Australia despite two years of uncertainty.
“Tome, [the Department of Home Affairs] seems to want to fill those 160,000 with a number of people who are here on these temporary visas. They are trying to attract these permanent migrants from among the people who are in Australia, ”Watt said, as reported by SBS News.
“This is the big change; they loosen up and offer many different avenues, and many extensions, for people who are already there to fulfill their dream of migration.
“The government has already introduced a number of visa changes throughout the pandemic and will continue to review visa parameters to support Australia’s economic recovery,” a spokesperson for the Home Office said. .
From now on, 79,600 places will be reserved for skills sector experts – each of whom will play a leading role in improving the productivity of the country’s economy and skills shortages in the labor market, including those in the Australian region. 77,300 places will go to those who qualify for the Family Stream, which allows Australians to reunite with their family members abroad vying for citizenship.
Meanwhile, 100 special eligibility places will cover visas for people in special circumstances. 3,000 places will be reserved for children – however, this flow is determined by demand and is not capped.
A guaranteed first step
The road has always been easy for international students who have never given up on the Australian university of their dreams, transferred to an institution in another country, or simply given up. Long before structural changes in Australia their travels could still extend beyond academia.
After successfully completing a program at an Australian institution, many switched from their study visa to the temporary graduate visa (subclass 485). This visa allows them to live, continue their education and work temporarily in Australia after graduation. It even allows them to bring in immediate family members.
Australian Public Relations Pathways in 2022: Replacement of Temporary Graduate Visa Holders
Recent international graduates from Australia can expect better employment rights after graduation.
In November 2021, the government announced that current or former Temporary Graduate Visa holders (subclass 485), who were stranded off due to COVID-19 restrictions, will be able to apply for a replacement visa of the same duration at from July 1st. , 2022.
Australia is also in the process of increasing the length of stay of the Temporary Graduate Visa from two to three years for Masters graduates by coursework, matching the provisions for Masters graduates through research. Graduates from the vocational education and training (VET) sector will also receive a temporary two-year graduate study visa. Those enrolled in the graduate program will be able to stay in the country for 18-24 months.
“It’s a very human concession, and it means there was a lot of talent that was here, we have a chance to get them back,” Watt said.
“There’s a huge proliferation of changes and different scenarios, and who’s asking what and who can get what. But it is very likely that if there is another border closure as well, that will be the first thing to do. “