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International students & visa information

Recruiting international students can be extremely beneficial to your organisation, so it is important to understand visa requirements and allowances. We hope the below information and resources surrounding this will be useful.

Benefits of hosting and recruiting international students

The International Education Association of Australia have a comprehensive summary on how international students can benefit your business or organisation: 

  • Enhance cultural diversity - Embracing diversity and different perspectives benefits everyone in the workplace. Employees from different cultural backgrounds working together on common goals can improve business and team performance, through sharing ideas and fresh perspectives on problem solving.
  • Develop entrepreneurial and resilient teams - Soft skills like teamwork, lateral thinking, project management and communication capabilities are important in any workplace. The changing nature of work requires additional skills and competencies, including adaptability, innovation and entrepreneurial mindsets. International students are highly mobile, motivated and resilient.
  • Connect with local customers - The world is truly a global village. The digital age, and increasingly diverse social networks, enable us to travel and communicate across borders faster than ever before. Local success rests on our capacity to respond to global market changes and challenges. Multilingual, culturally aware employees are also better able to communicate directly with diverse customer bases and growing international tourism markets.
  • Respond to global opportunities - Australian employers need a diverse and sustainable talent pool to drive growth and remain competitive in a global economy. Engaging with international students and graduates in your business can help you to develop new products, export markets and global connections. Businesses that boast multilingual, culturally aware employees can offer stronger service to a broad consumer market, and can connect with business partners from all over the world.
  • Attract (& retain) the best & brightest - Hiring exceptional talent is a challenge for every organisation – particularly in a world of increasing competition and rapidly changing business and consumer needs. That is why it’s important not to overlook international students and graduates. Being open to a wide pool of talent enables Australian businesses to attract the best candidate for a role, regardless of their cultural background or visa type.

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

Graduate Work stream

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that are relevant to specific occupations Australia needs. It lets them live, study and work in Australia temporarily.

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Graduates impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions are now able to apply for and be granted a Temporary Graduate visa outside Australia – they must hold or have held a Student visa in the past 12 months to apply
  • They can work in Australia
  • Have a qualification relevant to an occupation on the skilled occupation list
  • They can bring their family with them
  • Stay: Usually up to 18 months. Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years

Post-Study Work stream

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with a degree from an Australian institution. It lets them live, work and study in Australia, temporarily.

  • Graduates impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions are now able to apply for and be granted a Temporary Graduate visa outside Australia – they must hold or have held a Student visa in the past 12 months to apply
  • They can work in Australia
  • They can bring their family with them
  • They need a recent degree a CRICOS-registered course
  • Stay: Usually between 2 and 4 years, depending on their qualification. Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years

Further information

Employers and students can visit Department of Home Affairs who provide advice about different visas that are available and the conditions and requirements associated with these. Have a look at their website for more information.

The greatest strength of the UOW intern program is its diversity. Being able to engage with students from Vietnam, Nepal and China has made our organisation better able to practice our vision of reaching beyond barriers of culture to achieve sustainable solutions to poverty. These students are able to share insights into cross-cultural communication that we can implement in our Sydney office and in our international programs.
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