Points for Two Year Study in AU
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Study Requirement for Skilled Migration Australia

AIS Immigration Solutions can help you understand the study requirement for skilled migration to Australia. International students who complete a qualification/s within Australia that take at least 2 years of study will be eligible to obtain additional points towards their Skilled Migration Points Test and may also be eligible for a Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 Visa.

For more information about the study requirements for skilled migration and the points for 2 year study in AU, please get in touch with our team of professional migration agents on +61 7 3216 0052 or book a Skype meeting here.

Studying in Australia: The Benefits

There are several benefits to studying in Australia including receiving additional points towards your Skilled Visa application. The point advantages are as follows:

Extra Points:

Students can receive extra points for their studies:

  • 5 points for meeting the 2 year study requirement
  • 5 additional points if they complete 2 years of study in a regional area
  • 5 additional points for completing a professional year in Australia

Graduate Temporary Visa:

Students may be eligible to apply for a Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visa. This visa can last between 18 months and 4 years depending on the type of qualification completed, has full work rights and can enable students to accumulate further points for working in Australia.

Recognised Qualification:

Australian qualifications are more likely to be recognised for the purposes of skills assessment which is a requirement for applying for skilled migration.

Australian Study Requirement:

The main requirements for meeting the 2 year “Australian Study Requirement” are as follows:

  • Type of Qualification: You must complete a degree, diploma or trade qualification. Masters, graduate diplomas and PhDs are considered degrees and so may be counted towards the 2 year study requirement.
  • CRICOS registration: The courses completed must be on the approved list of courses for international students (CRICOS). There can be issues if your course or educational institution is deregistered prior to completion of your studies.
  • Two Academic Years: this is defined as being at least 92 weeks according to the CRICOS registration of the courses.
  • 16 Month Duration: the course must take at least 16 months of study in Australia from the beginning of the course till completion.
  • English Medium: All instruction must be in English. There can be issues with this requirement in the case of translation/interpreting qualifications.
  • Compliance with Visa Conditions: Study must be in compliance with visa conditions to count towards the 2-year study requirement. This will not in general be an issue if you are studying in Australia on a student visa, but could be an issue if you are studying on a visa with restricted study rights.

Time Limit:

There is a time limit imposed for students wanting to apply for a Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visa – they must apply within 6 months of completing their qualification. Other factors to consider include:

  • The completion date is the date you are notified of your final results, not your graduation date (which may be many months after you complete studies).
  • In most cases, your student visa will expire within a few weeks or months of completion of your studies. You will need to apply for a further visa before your student visa expires and this in practice is a tighter deadline.
  • You can claim points for Australian study even if it has been more than 6 months from the date you completed your studies.

Book a Skype Meeting:

AIS Immigration Solutions are professional migration agents with years of experience helping international students apply for skilled visas. If you’d like more information about any of our services or would like assistance applying for your visa, please book a Skype meeting with one of our team members here.

Speak to one of our helpful migration assistants today on +61 7 3216 0052 for more information about our full range of migration services.