09 March 2010

Australian Immigration welcomes Baird Review on international education

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The final report of the Baird Review on the legislation governing international education has been welcomed by the Australian Immigration minister.

Study in Australia

International education in Australia has been examined by the Baird Review.

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said it was pleasing to note Mr Baird's support for the Rudd Government's changes to the skilled migration program announced on 8 February 2010, which removed incentives for overseas students to apply to study in Australia simply to obtain permanent residence after graduation.

Mr Evans said the skilled migration program changes will encourage overseas students to focus on obtaining a quality education. 

The changes to the Australian skilled migration program will see a new and more targeted skilled occupations list that is tightly focused on high value skills that will assist in addressing Australia's future skills needs.

International students currently studying in Australia who hold a vocational, higher education or postgraduate student visa will still be able to apply for permanent residence if their occupation is on the new skilled occupations list, to be released mid-year.

Students currently studying a course in an occupation that is not on the new skilled occupations list will have until the end of 2012 to apply for a temporary skilled graduate visa, which will allow them to  spend up to 18 months in Australia to acquire work experience and find an Australian employer willing to sponsor them for an Australian visa.

The changes will in no way impact on international students in Australia to gain a legitimate qualification and then return to their home country.


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