With Australia consistently ranking among the top 10 countries for its quality of life, it comes as no surprise that so many students across the world want to study and eventually settle down in the country. The general expectation is for students to leave upon acquiring their degree, however, there are ways for international students to work after graduating. After working in Australia for a while, the process to acquire permanent residency is quite straight forward and can be more simple than a lot of other countries.
To begin with, let’s take a look at the types of work visa you can obtain in the country.
- Skilled Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)
Most international students who hope to work after graduating with an Australian degree of 2 years opt for this visa. The 485 Skilled Graduate visa is a temporary visa that is valid for 18 months to 4 years. Holders of this visa are allowed to work full-time.
- Employer-Sponsored Visa (Subclass 186)
A legal Australian business or an overseas business with an Australian entity can sponsor an employee to work with them under this visa. However, if you are interested in this type of visa, you will have to start applying to companies that sponsor potential employees at least 4-5 months prior to when you hope to begin as this visa is difficult to process with a lot of paperwork.
For the most up-to-date information on visa details, have a look at the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration website.