Courses to study in Australia with good PR prospects

International students aiming to study, work and live in Australia after their studies should have an opportunity to apply for Graduate Visa 485. This visa gives full work rights so the holders have an opportunity to get a job which increases the chances for meeting PR visa requirements.

The first step however, is choosing the right course to study. Following are some examples of courses that offer god prospectfor getting a PR visa

Automotive trades

Building professions, and building technicians

Building and construction trades

Commercial cookery(chef)


Early childhood teachers


There are many other occupations in demand. These are hust a few that are popular and the courses could be completed in two years for trades and three years for degrees


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Changes for Working Holiday visa holders onshore


  • Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) who work in agriculture or food processing will be exempt from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa to keep working in these critical sectors if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.
  • Conditions will be placed upon visa holders to self-isolate for 14 days before taking up employment in a different region (including termination of visas where there is non-compliance).
  • To support implementation of self-isolation arrangements for visa holders and avoid spread of COVID-19 the government is working with states and territories on enforcement and sanction mechanisms.


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New Assessment Model for Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives

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Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) for will replace the existing bridging program from March this year. The main changes are:

  • Fees will be less than half of the current ‘bridging program’ system
  • Most of the assessment phases could be completed from overseas
  • Objectively structured clinical exam (OSCE) will be conducted at Adelaide 
Read more: New Assessment Model for Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives

New visa for people who are stranded in Australia due to the current epidemic.


Subclass 408 COVID-19 stream announced

The purpose of this stream is to provide a pathway for certain former and current holders of temporary visas to lawfully remain in Australia and who would otherwise be required to depart Australia who, but for the COVID-19 pandemic, are unable to leave Australia.


  • Must hold a visa that is 28 days or less from ceasing to be in effect
  • Or, held a visa that is no more than 28 days from ceasing to be in effect
  • And, are unable to apply for the same temporary visa they hold or held or any other subclass of temporary visa other than the Subclass 408 visa
  • Must be part of response to workforce shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to areas including, but not limited to, agriculture, aged care and public health.
  • Allow holders of temporary visas who are engaged in or have the relevant skills to undertake critical work relating to supply of essential goods and services
  • Visa application charge – Nil

Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Visa - Basic Facts and Pitfalls

This time of the year we get lots of inquiries about 485 visa. Many students complete their courses in December and their student visa expire soon after li February or March. Although it is a relatively simple application the refusals are very common. They are mainly due to not complying with the time of application requirements like English test result, AFP certificate or evidence of lodged skills assessment. With other visas most of the requirements are time of decision so they can be provided post lodgement but in case of 485 even if the applicant gets the documents soon after the lodgement the application must be refused.

The Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa is a work visa for international students who have completed 2 years of study in Australia. It is a way to extend your stay in Australia and to give you an opportunity to improve your chances of becoming eligible for a permanent or provisional skilled visa.

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