Student & Graduate Visas

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Australia is a very popular destination for international students. However, finding the best course for your needs and knowing how to satisfy the visa criteria can be challenging without professional help.

For example, if your goal is to study in Australia so that after your studies you can remain in Australia to work, you will need help choosing the right course to achieve this.

Why Study and Live in Australia?
Let’s start with a list of some of the benefits of living in Australia:

  • Voted best cities in the world – According to the annual Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 rankings, Australian cities – Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide are within the top 10 most liveable cities in the world. ​
  • Multiculturalism – Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. This makes Australia a much easier place to make friends than other countries. It also means you will find the people interested in you and your culture.
  • Safe country – Australia is a safe and peaceful place to live. Compared to other countries, Australia has a very low crime rate and strict gun control laws.
  • Job opportunities – Australia has better job opportunities than many other developed countries. There are work opportunities in many industries.
  • Great education– Australia has 7 of the top 100 universities in the world. This education is recognised in many places outside of Australia.
  • Democracy – Australia is a democracy that like America embraces the individual right to pursue happiness.
  • Personal freedom – There is equality in sex, race, sexual preference etc.
  • Healthcare – Australia has free public healthcare.
  • Social welfare – If citizens encounter hard times or bad luck then the Australian government provides money to help you back on track.
  • Low population density – Roughly the size of the USA, Australia has a low density population with only 25 million people. This means your living spaces are generally larger and the quality of your life higher.
  • Economic climate – Australia currently is the world’s 11th largest economy.  Australia also has a high minimum wage and a great standard of living.
  • ​Public transport – All Australian capital cities have great public transport.
  • Climate – Australia enjoys great weather all year round.
  • Nature, wildlife & destinations – Australia is truly a spectacular country with amazing natural beauty, wildlife and some of the best holiday destinations in the world ranging from the Great Barrier Reef to mountains and ski fields. to incredible city beaches.
  • Fresh air & water – Australia experiences some of the cleanest air to breathe in the world & you can drink water from the tap!
  • Earn while you learn – while studying, students can work for up to 20 hours per week during the semester to offset the cost of studying and depending on the job, save some money to create a better future after studying. Students may work full-time outside of the study semester.


Education Information 
International students can study at all levels of education in Australia:

  • Primary and secondary school
  • English language courses
  • Vocational education and training (VET)
  • Higher education (Universities)

All Australian education courses available to international students can be found on this link

Students on a Student visa (subclass 500) are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during the study semester and on a full time basis outside of the semester period.

Some students desire to study in Australia, be awarded globally recognised qualifications and then leave Australia. Other students have the desire to study in Australia, gain world recognised qualifications and then stay in Australia to work and live.

The completion of education courses allows some students to be eligible for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) to then stay and work in Australia for up to 4 years.
The 485 Graduate Visa have 2 streams:

  1. Post study work stream (If you have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher level)
  2. Graduate work stream (If your occupation is on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List – MLTSSL) – The Combined List can be found on this link

With the right immigration legal advice, students who have completed the 485 Graduate Visa, will then have further visa options to remain and work in Australia including options which may lead to permanent residency.

Why use Visa & Citizenship Lawyers?
We are fully qualified and experienced to help you study and/or work in Australia.

At Visa & Citizenship Lawyers, we have a 3-step system in place for our student visa program:

  1. Listen to you: What you are interested in studying; What are your long-term goals (eg do you wish to work in Australia after your student visa?); We then find the right education course for you and suggest a visa pathway;                                                                             
  2. We deal with education providers directly and enrol you in the right course for you;                                                                                            
  3. We guide you through the visa process and draft up supporting documentation that is submitted with your visa application to ensure that your strongest application is put forward giving you the best chance of a visa approval.


Bruna (a citizen of Argentina) is on a student visa studying a diploma in leadership and management at a college in Sydney. 
Bruna has 12 weeks left of her diploma and wants to stay in Australia. She consults with an education agent who tells her that she can extend her visa to study an advanced diploma in leadership and management. Bruna likes this idea because the course is cheap and the education agent is going to prepare everything and lodge the visa application at no charge. 
Before proceeding with the services of the education agent, Bruna decides to check her visa advice with an immigration lawyer, so she books an appointment with Visa & Citizenship Lawyers
During her consultation with Visa & Citizenship Lawyers, when asked would she like to keep the option open to remain in Australia permanently or is she only interested in staying in Australia for a couple more years, Bruna replies that she would like to have the option to remain in Australia permanently as she is having a good time in Australia. 
At the consultation, Bruna is told that the course that she has been studying and the course that the education agent is suggesting that she study do not help her become a permanent resident and actually harm her chances of progressing to permanent residency. Visa & Citizenship lawyers discuss with Bruna her interests and provide her with a choice of courses which have a pathway towards permanent residency. Bruna decides on a course and is very happy that she consulted with Visa & Citizenship Lawyers before applying for a new student visa. 
* (Names and facts have been changed to protect the identity of clients)

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