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Post-study work visa change remains unimplemented

Delay in implementing work visa change causes stress to recent graduates. Source: Getty Images

Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge had announced five significant visa changes in July to limit the impact of COVID-19 on international students.

As part of the student visa measures announced on 20 July 2020, Minister Tudge had announced that the government will allow graduates affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions to apply for and be granted a Temporary Graduate visa outside Australia where they have met all the requirements.

But nearly two months later, that change remains unimplemented.


  • Home Affairs has not yet started granting Temporary Graduate visa to applicants outside Australia
  • Delay in implementation of change may impact international students offshore who've completed their degrees
  • Work is underway to effect this change, which requires amendments to the Migration Regulations: Department of Home Affairs


Adelaide-based migration agent Mark Glazbrook says the Department must honour its commitment made to international students stuck outside the country because of the restrictions imposed by the federal government.

“The government has made changes to other parts of the Migration Program recently so that shows they can make changes if they want to. It would be nice if they would honour the commitment they have made and stop giving false hope to people stuck outside Australia,” he says.

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