More than one lakh students from India enrolled in Australian educational institutions during 2018, constituting 12.4% of the overall international enrolments. This was a rise of 24.5% over the previous calendar year. China continued to lead with 2.6 lakh students (or 29% of the total).
Australia has announced an ‘Additional Temporary Graduate’ visa with an extra year of post-study work rights for international students who graduate from the regional campus of a registered university. At present, students who study at the bachelor’s or master’s degree level in Australia (usually 2 or 3 years) get a two-year post-study work visa. By offering students an extra year in Australia on a post-study work visa if they study in regional areas, the country aims to kill two birds with one stone.
Despite 21% fall, India remains largest source of migrants Down Under
India continues to be the top source country of migrants to Australia. Latest statistics show there were 33,310 migrants from India during the 12-month period ended June 2018, reports Lubna Kably. Although Indians were the largest constituency (20% of the overall migrant population going Down Under), there was a 20.5% decline in their numbers. A recent announcement by the Australian #government on reduction of the migration cap by 15% (not including student visas) to 1.6 lakh for the year 2019-20, which commences from July 1, has dampened enthusiasm.
Oz offers sops to students in regional areas
The ‘additional temporary graduate’ #visa by Australia to international students will help in its overall plan to decongest popular areas of #Sydney, #Melbourne, #Perth, #Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It will also help attract more international students.
As students need to graduate from a regional campus and then spend at least two years residing in a regional area to qualify, the ‘Additional Temporary Graduate’ visa will be available to the first eligible cohort of graduates from 2021, states a recent release from Australia’s department of home affairs. For those students who are currently holding the Temporary #Graduate (sub class 485) visa, which is the existing post-study work visa, ongoing residence in a regional area could qualify them for an additional year.
In a separate release dated March 20, PM Scott Morrison announced new tertiary #scholarships to attract #Australian and international students to study in regional #Australia. Worth Australian $15,000, these scholarships will be available to more than 1,000 local and international students each year.
Andrew Everett, deputy #vice-chancellor and vice-president, global strategy, at Charles Darwin University, said: “CDU is examining how best to provide for #international students who might qualify for an Additional Temporary Graduate visa.” Spread over various campuses, including regional campuses, 10% of CDU’s 20,000 students are of foreign origin, the majority of them from #India, Nepal, Bangladesh and China.
Several students also want to put down roots and work long term in the host country. In this context, Cyrus Mistry, director at EasyMigrate Consultancy Services, told TOI: “Introduction of new Regional (Provisional) visas, which provide an option of conversion to permanent residency after a tenure of three years, could also be attractive to international #students, provided they are willing to settle in regional areas.”