Australia Halts Conversion from Visitor & Temporary Graduate Visas to Student Visa

The Australian Government has published a media release bringing new changes to student visas.

As per the release, Visitor visa holders will be unable to apply for student visas onshore. The tourist to student pathway has grown in popularity, with over 36,000 applications received between July 1, 2024, and the end of May 2024.

This policy eliminates a loophole that has been utilized to try to undermine the government’s upgraded offshore student visa integrity mechanism.

Likewise, Temporary Graduate Visa holders will be unable to apply for student visas onshore. In their latest Graduates in Limbo research, the Gratton Institute discovered that 32% of Temporary Graduate Visa Holders return to study when their visa expires in order to extend their stay in Australia.

This amendment makes it apparent that graduates should either obtain skilled occupations and become permanent residents, or leave the nation when they are more likely to become “permanently temporary”.

These modifications complement a number of additional changes that will be enacted for Temporary Graduate visa holders on July 1. These include much shorter post-study word rights, age limitations cut from 50 to 25 years old, and stricter language requirements, all of which went into effect in March.

Official Media Release:

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