For a large number of students who want to study down under, Post study Work visa in Australia is one of the most important factors in choosing the country. In 2017, 350,472 international students were studying in Australia for higher education. Currently, the post study work visa in Australia, which is called Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), offers 2 years to 4 years of stay back, study and work in Australia benefits to the graduates. As a pleasant surprise, the stay back period with post study work visa can extend for Australia from November. Here is all you need to know:

Post Study Work Visa in Australia might be Extended up to 4 Years

How Long Can I Stay in Australia after Graduation?

Depending on the level of graduation, students are eligible for the temporary graduate visa and stay back of 2 years to 4 years. Here are the post study work visa in Australia durations as of now:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: 2 Years

  • Master’s Degree (Course): 2 Years

  • Master’s Degree (Research): 3 Years

  • Doctoral Degree: 4 Years

You can read more about Stay Back in Australia with Post Study Work Visa here: Stay Back options In Australia after Graduation

Latest Changes Expected: Post Study Work Visa in Australia

Students might be in for a pleasant surprise if the speculations are to be believed. According to the Australian Government's "Planning for Australia’s Future Population", there might be an extension in the stay back for the regional/remote Australian university graduates. Here is what the document say:



From November 16th, only Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will be out of what is considered the “regional Australia”. These three are major capital cities and according to the government, other cities need the same amount of attention to grow. As a result, these might be the possible outcome:

2 Year Post Study Work Visa in Australia (Major Cities)

For the students graduating in a University from these cities/regions-

Sydney Melbourne Brisbane



3 Year Post Study Work Visa in Australia (Regional)

For the students graduating in a University from these cities/regions (one year added to existing stay back)-

Perth Adelaide Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Canberra 
Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Wollongong/Illawarra Geelong Hobart  




4 Year Post Study Work Visa in Australia (Outer Regional and Remote)

For the students graduating in a University these cities/regions (two years added to existing stay back)-

Darwin Launcenston Albury-Wodonga Ipswich
Toowoomba Springfield Orange Lismore
Cairns Wagga Wagga Gladstone Townsville
Bundaberg Mackay Armidale Bendigo
Rockhampton Emerald Noosa & More...

Benefits of Post Study Work Visa in Australia Extension:

Just like the recent Post Study Visa Work Visa UK changes, the extension for Post Study Work Visa in Australia will be welcomed by the international students all over the world. The students can now graduate, live, study, work or look for work in Australia after their graduation for two to four years, depending on where they are studying in Australia.

The additional years added to the PSW Australia are welcomed by the University of Perth, Gold Coast and other regional areas, too. The move is supposed to put the regional areas on the same ground along with metropolitan areas like Sydney and Melbourne.

According to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison,

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This news, along with UK’s extended stay back of two years since 2021, brings English speaking countries back into the competition of studying abroad. Here are the maximum durations for the English Speaking study abroad destinations:

  • USA: 24 Months (with OPT for STEM Students)

  • UK: 2 Years (to be extended from 2021)

  • Canada: 3 Years (with a 2 year course in any DLI)

  • Australia: 2 to 4 Years (for Bachelor’s & Masters, depending on where you graduate from)

It is important to note here that though Universities have confirmed and appreciated the changes in PSW Australia, along with the press, there is no official declaration on the official immigration website of Australia. Students are advised to check and confirm whether they will be eligible for the stay back in Australia before they apply to a University.

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