Benefits of South Australia’s skilled visa pathways for international graduates.

With various temporary and permanent migration pathways, South Australia offers a great opportunity for you to live, study and stay here longer.

Additional Post Study Work Rights in Adelaide

An extra year of post-study work rights (subclass 485 visa) is available for graduates of South Australian institutions who have completed a higher education or postgraduate qualification and maintained residence in South Australia as a holder of a first Temporary Graduate Work Visa (Subclass 485).

Graduates must apply for their first 485 visa, and if they have resided in South Australia for the duration of this visa, can then apply for the additional year. This means the extra year of post-study work rights will be available to eligible graduates from 2021.  Existing Temporary Graduate visa holders may be eligible, provided they can meet the requirements.

For further information about the additional year of post study work rights, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Post Study Work Rights Scenarios

The Australian Government has recently announced an indicative list of qualifications that will be considered for an extended post-study 'stay and work' period. This extension is in addition to the additional year of post-study work rights available for students that choose to study in Adelaide.

This table shows the number of years of post study work rights available to international students that study in Adelaide, South Australia based on the qualification achieved. 

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Scenario Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane Adelaide
VET qualification 2 years 2 years
Bachelor degree 2 years 3 years
Bachelor degree (Eligible qualifications) 4 years 5 years
Masters degree 3 years 4 years
Masters degree (Eligible qualifications) 5 years 6 years
Doctoral degree 6 years 7 years

Eligible Qualifications

Eligible qualifications for additional post study work rights are those that are related to occupations including Medical Professionals, Nursing and Medical Technicians, Veterinarian, Medical Imaging, Radiologist, Psychologist, Recovery Therapist, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Teacher, Engineer, ICT, Agriculture and Food Technologist.

More Advantages to Studying in Adelaide

Completing your studies in Adelaide gives you other advantages when considering a career in Australia:

  • Bonus points towards skilled migration to Australia
  • Additional points towards the Federal points test for the Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa and the new Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa commencing in November 2019
  • More flexible state nomination in Australia requirements
  • Priority application processing with the Department of Home Affairs

Find out more from Immigration SA about your post study work rights and migration pathways to Australia. You could also consider getting advice from a registered migration agent.

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