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.

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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. Existing Temporary Graduate visa holders may be eligible, provided they can meet the requirements. Students studying offshore might also be eligible to apply for the 485 visa; find out more. Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years.

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

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 Other cities Adelaide
Bachelor's Degree  2 years 3 years
Masters by Coursework or Masters by Research Degree 3 years 4 years
PhD qualification 4 years 5 years

Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years. For further information, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

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 Skilled + Business Migration about your post study work rights and migration pathways to Australia. You could also consider getting advice from a registered migration agent.

You can also read more about skilled migration for South Australian graduates here.

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