Benefit for International students studying in regional area of Australia

This is a great news for International students studying in a regional area of Australia which excludes Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They will get a chance for an extension on their existing two year temparary graduate work visa (subclass 485) visa (TGV), which applies to students who will or have completed their Bachelor or Masters by coursework degrees, starting 2021. This benefit will also be available for international students who studied at a regional campus of a metropolitan university in Australia. This Australia TGV visa extension will be granted from 2021, and it will require your current residence to be in a regional area.

  • Graduating students who have studied and lived in Category 2 regional area will be eligible for an additional year post graduate visa.
  • International Students who have studied and lived in Category 3 regional area will be eligible for an additional two years post study work visa.

This is the best reason to choose regional Australia as your destiation to study. Apart from the post study work extensions, there are good chances to get the PR in regional area in comparison to the 3 major cities.

Designated Australia Regional Areas

Australian regional area definition is comprised of the following 3 categories:

  • First Category – ‘Major Cities’ of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane do not receive any regional incentives
  • Second Category – ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’ of Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart
  • Third Category – ‘All other Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’

Living in an Australia regional area, there are regional incentives for skilled migrants who migrate to locations designated as Category 2 ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’ or Category 3 ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’.

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