Australia is prepared to reinstate the limit on the number of hours that foreign students can work, but there is a catch.
The new regulation will take effect on July 1 and will increase the number of hours that overseas students are permitted to work from 40 to 48 per fortnight.
According to the Australian government, the amended cap will assist international students in retaining their ability to sustain themselves while pursuing their education.
Throughout the epidemic, the limits on student visa holders’ ability to work were loosened; nevertheless, they were finally lifted entirely in January 2022, allowing them to work more than the standard 40 hours per fortnight in order to help fill labour shortages.
This will end on June 30 and all overseas students, regardless of when they started their studies, will be subject to the new cap.
Additionally, the government declared that some overseas graduates with degrees in fields where there is a confirmed shortage of skilled labour are eligible for a two-year extension of post-study employment privileges.
This extension will extend the Temporary Graduate Visa for qualified overseas higher education graduates by an extra two years (subclass 485). The extension comes on top of the already-existing one- to two-year extension of work rights for qualified students who attend school, reside, and work in regional areas.
Post-study work privileges will be extended from two to four years for some Bachelor degrees, from three to five years for some Master degrees, and from four to six years for all PhD degrees.
According to a data published by the Indian External Affairs Ministry for the year 2022, there are 1,00,009 Indian students enrolled in various Australian universities.
Australia’s regional cities are fantastic places to live, work, and study because they combine a world-class education with an excellent quality of life. Although while Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney are already well-liked, other major cities like Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, and Canberra are increasingly drawing more attention from foreign students. This might be creating a sustainable balance and more chances for everyone, as well as encouraging students to take use of education and employment options that are accessible across Australia rather than competing in a small area. The new policy will benefit international students in many ways and there are several economic prospects across the nation.