Did You Know- Australia’s new Visa Rule for Indian Students to work without visa – Mates Visa
Recently, Australia and India signed a partnership agreement on migration and mobility that will open up new doors for academic researchers, business experts, and students. A unique programme known as the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES) has been formed as a result of this agreement. Young professionals from India will have the chance to spend two years in Australia thanks to MATES, which will offer 3,000 vacancies each year without the need for sponsorship for a visa.
Australia: As on July 1, 2023, new immigration rules will apply to Indian graduates enrolled in Australian higher education. The new rules allow Indian students to apply for jobs without a visa for up to eight years. The bilateral agreement between Australia and India that was reached in May 2023 has been taken into consideration for implementing these adjustments.
In addition, students from India will be entitled to stay in Australia for two years even without a sponsor for a visa. For Indian experts working in the industries of engineering, information and communication technology, mining, financial technology, artificial intelligence, and renewable energy, there is a temporary visa programme called MATES.
48 maximum hours of work each fortnight
Starting on July 1, the new visa rules mandate that students work 48 hours every two weeks. Aged care professionals are exempt from this restriction and are permitted to work an unrestricted amount of hours through December 31, 2023. Candidates for the MATES visa programme must be under 31 and have completed their studies at an approved institution to be eligible for the benefits.
Temporary Visa Programme: The MATES Visa
Indian students may choose to work in Australia without a visa for up to eight years under the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-Professionals Scheme (MATES), in compliance with the bilateral agreement. Australia will provide 3000 young professionals from India permission to work there without a visa each year for a maximum of eight years. Furthermore, Indian students will be able to stay in Australia for two years without the need for a visa sponsor. Indian professionals are eligible for the MATES temporary visa scheme to work in industries like engineering, information and communication technology, mining, financial technology, artificial intelligence, and renewable energy.
The following professions qualify for the MATES visa
- financial technology
- Artificial intelligence
- Technology for Information & Communication
- Technology in Agriculture
- Renewal Energy
The following people qualify for MATES visas:
- The applicant must not be older than 31.
- Must be a university graduate from an accredited institution
- Must have passed out recently
- The person’s career must be in its beginnings.
How can I get a MATES visa?
- First, determine your eligibility.
- Get the English language test in step two.
- Get the skills evaluation test in step three.
- Registering your EOI (Expression of Interest) is step four.
- Get your ITA (Invitation to Apply) in step 5.
- Step 6: Send your application
- Fly to Australia in step seven.
Additionally, the government declared that some overseas graduates with degrees in fields where there is a confirmed shortage of skilled labour are eligible for a two-year extension of post-study employment privileges.
This extension will extend the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) for qualified graduates of overseas higher education by an extra two years. For qualifying students who study and work in regional areas, an additional one to two years of work privileges will be granted in addition to the current extension.
Post-study work privileges will be extended from two to four years for some Bachelor degrees, from three to five years for some Master’s degrees, and from four to six years for all doctoral degrees.
According to data from the 2022 Ministry of External Affairs, 1,00,009 Indian students are enrolled in various Australian universities.
Contributed by Ankit Raj
Edited by Imtiaz Ullah
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