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Australia’s New Migration Strategy: Key Highlights of the Updated Integrity Measures

Dec 28, 2023

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Australia has always been a popular study destination for higher education among international students. Keeping up with the current challenges that the country is experiencing concerning graduates becoming ‘permanently temporary’, the Australian government has officially announced a series of significant updates to its migration policies. These measures aim to streamline pathways for international students while applying more selective processes and ensuring a balanced approach for those seeking to study and work in the country.

If you are considering to study in Australia, then this news update is for you. Here's a glimpse of what's new and how it might affect you.

Introducing the New ‘Genuine Student Test’

The first important change will be the introduction of a new ‘Genuine Student Test’ to encourage genuine student applications and discourage the ones whose primary intention is to work rather than pursue education in Australia. 

Modifications in English Language Proficiency Requirements for Student Visa and Temporary Graduate Visas

From early next year, English language proficiency requirements for student visas will rise from 5.5 to 6.0 for IELTS, ensuring a higher linguistic standard. Additionally, the minimum temporary graduate visa score will increase from 6.0 to 6.5. These changes aim to balance the aspirations of graduates to work post-study while discouraging prolonged stays without genuine career pursuits.

Revised Financial Requirements 

The financial requirement for the student visa applicants has been revised upwards to AUS$24,505 from October 1, 2023. This 17% increase in the financial requirement is a move to match the changing cost of education in Australia.

Streamlined Visa System - Changes to Temporary Graduate Visas (Post-Study Work Rights)

This includes the removal of redundant visas and simplifying the overall visa system for applicants. At present, there are more than 20 unnecessary and duplicative visas in the Australian visa system. Furthermore, the government has also announced changes in Temporary Graduate Visa lengths with adjustments based on the type of degree obtained. For instance, the duration for a Master’s by coursework will be reduced from 3 years to 2 years, PhD is reduced from 4 years to 3 years. However, other categories will remain unchanged or see marginal adjustments. In addition to this, the eligibility criteria for a second Temporary Graduate Visa (PSW) depending on the regional area will remain unchanged. However, the further extension of two years will be eliminated.

On the other hand, we have some great news for Indian Students. As per the prior agreement between the two countries, citizens of India will be exempted from most of these above-mentioned post-study work rights. 

Cost of education in Australia

New Visa Pathway for Skilled Graduates

The Australian Government has also introduced the ‘Skills in Demand’ visa for graduates in skilled jobs. This newly introduced visa replaces Australia’s temporary skills shortage visa or permanent skilled visa. This is good news for graduates in skilled jobs in Australia as it moves them away from the cycle of temporary stays.

For aspiring students eyeing Australia as their study destination in the upcoming year, these updates and changes signify a balanced approach to curb the misuse of migration pathways.

As these migration policies evolve, staying informed and seeking professional guidance is a smart choice. Reach out to our team at KC Overseas Education for comprehensive end-to-end assistance for your application process.

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