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Australia to lengthen foreign students' work

THE Australian government will extend its post-study work arrangements starting next year to support international students who go to universities there, the Australian consulate-general in Shanghai said yesterday.

Australia has always been one of the most popular destinations for Chinese students, and China is the biggest source country of international students for Australia. More than 90,000 Chinese students were studying in Australia at the end of 2011, a 5 percent decrease from the previous year.

"The decrease is caused by the appreciation of the Australian dollar and tightened immigration policies," according to Eliza Chui, the Australian Trade Commission's North Asia education commissioner and consul.

But most local agents perceived good prospect for study-in-Australia market with the issue of the new visa policy.

According to the new post-study policy, international students who graduate from bachelors or masters programs and have studied for at least two years in Australia will be allowed to remain in Australia and work for two years after the completion of their coursework.

Graduates of masters by research degree will have three years post-study work rights and Ph.D graduates will have four years post-study work rights.

The existing temporary skilled graduate visa category allows successful applicants to stay in Australia only for 18 months to work.

Apart from this law, Australia has simplified and sped up visa processing to increase numbers of high-quality international students.

Moreover, more than 10 universities in Australia have decided to accept Chinese students based on their scores on the National College Entrance Examination this year, which will make it easier for domestic students to apply to Australian universities.

Eleven Australian universities and one high school will attend the 17th China International Education Exhibition Tour to be held in the Shanghai East Asia Exhibition Hall over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Austrade will be holding its inaugural career fair in April to promote Australian education and support the career development of returning Chinese graduates.


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