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Thousands of International Students to stay and work in Australia longer

Thousands of eligible international graduates will be granted the right to stay and work in Australia for longer as the government embarks on the biggest overhaul of the migration program since the end of the second world war. Below is a summary of the latest news updates from day 2 of the government's Jobs & Skills Summit. The summit has been dominated by Australia's labour shortage and the potential for migrant workers.

Post study work rights extended for specific degrees

International student graduates will benefit from the decision to increase the duration of post study work rights. Recent graduates with selected degrees in areas of verified skills shortages will be allowed two additional years of stay. This means selected Bachelor’s degree holders will be able to work for four years after graduating. In October the government will announce which degrees will be included. All Master degree students will be able to work for five years and PhD graduates will be able to work for six years wrote WA Today.

'Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil said the country needed to better use the “amazing resource” of international students after announcing the nation’s permanent migration intake would increase by 35,000 this year to its highest level.'

Source: WA Today