Study Abroad: New Visa Reforms for Indian Students in Australia

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New reforms are being implemented for Indian students studying in Australia. Amendments starting from July 1, 2023 onwards.

Indian graduates from Australian institutions may seek to work for up to eight years starting on July 1 onwards in Australia. Also, the maximum number of working hours permitted for overseas students studying in Australia will increase from 40 to 48.


The reforms are an outcome of bilateral negotiations signed between India and Australia previously in May. Additionally, the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES) Visa programme scheme was the key feature of the agreement. 

However, the MATES Visa programme fee and processing time are yet to be finalised by the authorities. 

International students will also be able to avail extra two years of post-study work rights in Australia. It is an addition of 2 years of existing work rights for eligible students who study, work, and live in the regional areas. 

As per the deal, not only the Australians aiming to conduct research in India can now apply for an S-5 visa but also can stay in India for up to three years. This can be extended for the entire duration of their research project.

Study Abroad: New Visa Reforms for Indian Students in Australia

More About MATE Scheme Negotiation

The MATES Visa programme will accommodate recent graduates from Indian universities specialising in a field of study. MATES will open up around 3,000 spots for young professionals from India. 

Moreover, this will allow international students from India to spend two years in Australia without needing a visa sponsorship. In addition, students must be a graduate of fields such as Engineering, Financial Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Agriculture Technology etc.

Furthermore, the applicants must be below the age of 31 and be at an early stage of their career. The students must be a pass out from an established and recognised university. 

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