Post-Study Work Rights explored for International Students after graduation

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 An international degree comes with many perks. Albeit, being recognized worldwide, the biggest one which resonates with the cohort is Post-study work rights..which allows options like stay back, privileges’ to look for work in the country after you graduate and even, create your PR pathways!

Ask any aspirant why they wish to gain valuable higher education abroad and Post-study work rights auger well with ALMOST: each and every one.

Before, I go on further with EXPLORING the options available as of date for popular study destinations like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland or the UK, Let me quickly enlighten you with ACTUAL importance of such rights :

Earlier in fag end of 2011, Most aspirants had been taken aback when favorite study destination like UK capped post-study work duration at JUST four months in 2011 and this is where – the unforeseen occurred then :

As a result, the number of Indian students attending UK universities underwent a dramatic decline, from just under 30,000 in 2011-12 to just over 16,000 in 2016-17.

Now – Check out restoration benefit to UK economy

The above facts and figures had clearly signified the adverse impact with degrowth which loomed on for several years with curbing down of such crucial rights, and thereafter, the current UK govt. has restored the policy with introduction of Post study work visa for 2 years

And yes, International student applicants have literally skyrocketed for UK even amidst Covid-19

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that Indian nationals accounted for 17 per cent of the total 299,023 sponsored study visas granted by the UK Home Office in the year ending March 2020, with the number more than doubling from 2019 to hit a total of 49,844 grants a continuous rise since 2016.
– Indian express

Now – At BROADER level, All the major study destinations have an option to work after graduation in their country, and not just this, All such economies have introduced reforms for covering online study duration towards work visa.

Why Post Study Work Rights Matter?

The post-study work rights bring several benefits to international students:

  • Gain easy access to the labour market in the study abroad destination.
  • Bridge the future pathways to Permanent Residency (PR).
  • Boost career prospects through international job experience.
  • Recoup financial expenses incurred in international education.
  • Avail work rights for dependents.

So, It is simply implausible (failing to convince) by now based on the face of records as to why Post study rights is SO important..

I know that Post-study work rights is always eye-catchy for most aspirants owing to the multitude of benefits you get, however, most fail to read the “fine prints/details” i.e. appended rules and regulations and remain inclined to just pursue higher education abroad with their eyes popped after looking at catchy headlines or visuals – in pursuit of bridging pathways for permanent residency.

So, In this blog post, I will talk about the top study abroad destinations for post-study work rights and opportunities – and also examine the “fine print/details” out of extracts usually from official immigration sites, so would be appending that, too for awareness purposes.


At the very outset – Australia has 2 types of post study work rights option originating from temporary graduate visa where you get the dawned advantage to not portray : work experience , English language requirement, Financial requirement at an overview level although conditions may vary from case to case basis.

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

The Temporary Graduate visa is one of the most popular visa options for international students who have graduated.  Furthermore, This visa has two different streams – Graduate Work Stream and Post-Study Work Stream.

Graduate Work Stream

  • Temporary visa up to 18 months
  • Primarily applies to vocational courses
  • But, With this Visa stream – alongwith the easy leverages, here comes the most crucial aspect : Work must be related to the course you studied.

In an nutshell, This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that are relevant to specific occupations Australia needs at specific juncture. Also, you would be required to assessed by a relevant assessing authority in regards to skills being suitable for respective occupation.

The above clause of employment path being related to academic progression gets implied for both streams.

Post-Study Work Stream

  • Goes for a duration of 2 to 5 years, depending upon your location and on the highest educational qualification they have obtained
  • Graduates from regional institutions get extra 1-2 years over the usual duration
  • Must have completed undergraduate or postgraduate level studies at a CRICOS-registered institution

Recently, Australia announced that it will extend post-study work visa rights to foreign students who have studied and lived in regional areas (outside Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) wef 2021.

Here is a snapshot glance of region-wise categories for more clarity:

Source – SBS Punjabi

Fine prints review

Although, Australian Government have kept Post study work rights policy intact and consistent over the past several years BUT, here are certain limitations which could put you at disadvantage :

  1. You are required to complete minimum two academic years study which is defined as 92 weeks of study by Department of home affairs, Australia
  2. Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher are solely considered for Post study work stream and not diploma or trade qualifications, although, you always have the option of doing packaged/combined courses for completing tenure of 92 weeks as mandated.
    Example : Starting with the diploma course which provide a pathway into undergraduate programs for students who would otherwise not meet the entry requirements of the undergraduate program.

How the opportunity lies in Australia for your best graduate outcome?

I know that cohort of international student aspirants and several even, relying on myths that I have tried to debunk have this notion currently – that Australia is too stringent with their PR policies so it doesn’t make sense to aim for even that.

But, I would suggest to think it from another perspective: Australia’s Migration Program settings are designed to ensure that migration is beneficial for the current and future economic and social development of Australia.

Source : Above extract from deloitte report

Now, If you are not paying heed to above information/extract being cited above and even not doing research on your own about future employability prospects with endeavour to contribute towards economic development for the country where you plan to graduate by going for course being aligned for future professional prospects and being more FOCUSSED towards :

  1. Saving money in initial phase itself, which can be certainly justified by bringing down your tution fees by studying in any XYZ institutions
  2. Relying on short sighted- half baked information with unreliable limited course options, where you are being shown easy pathways just for the sake of getting student visa grant and not being shown viable graduate outcome out of specific course/program

You could be VICTIMIZED by staying unemployed or not finding suitable employment, to recoup your financial implications made so far!

On the contrary, Aim for :

  1. Quality education/appropriate course mapping with work-integrated learning
  2. University/college offering further options to become job-ready with career development centers alike Bond University
  3. Double degree programs making you more versatile with dual skillsets to rely on and much more..
  4. Long run professional development and not instant graitfications – things which would make you happy for now and could adversely impact for professional growth.
  5. Pursuing a course with most appropriate education provider that offers its students to just help you find, not just a job, but a meaningful, rewarding and challenging career.
  6. Most important : Hiring professional consultant/agent for end to end services including course mapping etc who can actually provide results and the one who can actually bring in more money than they cost.

Always remember : Getting a degree is only half the story: infact, you have to work appropriately and seamlessly keeping a progressive approach to transform your qualifications.

Lastly, Australia is thriving economy with its education ranked#1 in the world, still offers many opportunities for international student graduates to gain valuable work experience on completion of their studies.

However, Your post study work rights and option to bridge PR pathways would all square down to few points to head in right direction : did you opt for right course/program which is future career ready? the course which speaks for the successful graduate outcome? does the course align with demand forecast for specific skilled workforce? have you learned to navigate the labor market?


Well – Canada has the most versatile post study work rights program, which goes on to be extended for short to long courses..Yes, Even 8 months duration course from undergraduate or postgraduate program can make you eligible to apply for 1 year PGWP (herewith referred to as Post study work rights)

Canada offers a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) to its international students who have completed at least an 8-month duration graduate study program from a recognized Canadian institute. You have to apply for PGWP within 180 days after receiving the final marks. You can read more about the PGWP application process and criteria here.

Interestedly, Canada has the highest count for providing opportunities for eligible graduates to attain permanent residence.

Covid-19: 6 Insane Myths Debunked and How to Power Your Study Abroad Dreams?


With COVID-19 taking the world by storm, it must have also put a pause on your international study dreams to study in world class study destinations such as Australia, United Kingdom or Canada..

And there could be several worrying questions:

  1. Is Visa application even being processed during such uncertain times?
  2. Is admission process being stalled due to ongoing border restrictions?
  3. Will I get scholarship assistance with strong academic profile?
  4. Will Post graduate Work permit take into account – if I enroll for online course study?
  5. What bonafide measures are Governments taking to instill confidence for international students?

or even more might be popping up in your mind…

Important note..

In this post – Have made references or cited specific examples to support varied standpoints however, do see that certain references may differ for other countries..

While your concerns are genuine and undeniable however, be ASSURED that they have mostly stemmed from purported rumours and misleading information you may be reading or hearing. 

I am going to uncover and debunk [expose the hollowness] of varied baseless myths which are being circulated further in this blog post – however – before that :

Let me exhibit stats from surveys which clearly shows that “Vast majority of Indian students are still keen to study abroad in near future”

survey results

This certainly asserts the fact that most of the aspirants are STILL willing to go against the tides in order to fulfill their ambitions after recognizing that pros outweigh cons such as way better employment opportunity, diversified exposure, and a higher standard of living etc…

So, regardless of we living through unprecedented Covid-19 times – Insane myths are going to be busted sooner or later…

But, If you are expecting to still WAIT for the right moment with all-in-one solution where there is ALL positive news – you are in for illusive mindset and that won’t actually help.

And then, trust me – Things would get TOUGHER if you keep delaying because eventually, time doesn’t come back for the last, you will left solely with REGRETS!

TOP 25 LIFE IS NOT EASY QUOTES (of 60) | A-Z Quotes

Now, Let’s dive now right in to know the myths and how they get debunked? :

Myth#1 : International Universities are Not Accepting New Admissions

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Infact – A significant chunk of revenue for many varsities and their countries comes from overseas student fees so there’s no chance – tertiary sector would forego international students.

And then, to further substantiate the ongoing economic support by the annual cohort of International students – millions of local jobs are created exponentially through them..

Young pretty student smiling cheerfully, feeling happy by knowing the real fact..

Here’s some quick stats to corroborate the above thesis :

Henceforth, Educational institutes are unlikely to ban admissions in view of the inauspicious impact…

MOREOVER – Most countries are working in true spirit on extending complete support to their international students and then – the countries certainly remain oriented towards “Projected growth” shown below:

UNESCO Source for projected growth

“International students contribute significantly to universities’ ability to be world-class. They augment domestic student revenue significantly, but they also help us compete with other countries for the global talent pool that fuels the knowledge economy.” – Victoria University Vice-chancellor Grant Guilford

And then, there is some extensive support for current International students or new intakes – already in limelight..

To name a few :

So, considering the above monetary influx coming through international tertiary education and then, prominent educational institutes are offering several lucrative benefits including fee waivers, IELTS relaxations, online classes or provisional admissions to lure international students :

It would be completely unwise to stand firm with the above myth..

Myth#2 : Study Visa applications are being rejected due to Covid-19

This is completely FALSE…

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Infact, The below screenshots taken from official Immigration sites – Canada, UK – clearly portrays that even amidst Covid-19, Most of the countries are STILL very much accepting online Visa applications – and ever since, all of them are developed nations – well equipped with latest technology trends, You can be at EASE and not worry about your application being rejected atleast due to reasons stemming from Covid -19.


Yet – If someone beloved might have told you this VAGUE Covid-19 reason for refusal, Do ask him to give it in writing. Guess what? He will vanish after you say this 🙂

As a matter of fact – These nations had invested heavily in new digital systems and strategies for application processing and will continue to do so like announced by Canada recently..

If still astonished by your Visa refusal which I am sure could be other unearthed grounds :

Myth#3: Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Applications won’t take online semester study into account…

This is FALSE…

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Infact – taking Canada higher studies for instance, International students enrolled in fall 2020 batches can complete up to 50% of their course online if they are unable to travel to Canada. This time for online coursework will not be penalized or deducted from the period of their future PGWP.


Now – that SOUNDS great if you are getting PGWP application – taking the online course study duration also into consideration..

And – Yes, Such initiatives have been taken for the FIRST TIME where online course duration is also being considered for PGWP.

Wishing to know in context with advantages related to PGWP, Check out facts which are being unfolded in next myth [..the MOST tangible advantage – Post graduate work permit]

And then, It is anticipated that UK is likely to consider extending PGWP visa from 2 to 4 years after completion of higher studies as recommended by its former university minister Jo Johnson.

To add “icing to the cake” – UK has already confirmed that overseas students will remain eligible for post-study work rights after graduation even if they take online classes in 2020-21 academic year.

Myth#4: Students Unable to Attend In-Person Classes will Have to Forego Their Admission

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Infact, To overcome the inevitable situation – Many universities across Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand and others are offering online classes for summer and fall 2020 semester and deploying all systems, processes with needed measures to ensure that the coming intakes don’t suffer due to any sort of shortcomings.

Overseas students who have already received admission letters but can’t travel due to COVID-19 restrictions can take these classes from anywhere virtually – as cited by several universities…

..As and when the border restrictions ease-out, students can travel to their offshore study destination to complete the remaining phase of the studies. 

Like, for example –

And then, here – you have the MOST tangible advantage – Post graduate work permit :


Attending online classes through distant learning would be counted as part of course study which was not the case prior to COVID-19 and most of universities and educational institutes have already adapted well to the technological development and continue to do so..

If your program was 2 years or more,
Canada Immigration may give you a PGWP that’s valid for 3 years. Almost, Similar criteria apply for Australia, UK graduate route .

Majorly, to sum it up – Your course study from online classes would also be counted for Post Graduate Work Permit [PGWP] – Canada PGWP reference

Myth#5: Universities will No Longer Provide Scholarship Assistance to International Students

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Even amidst Covid-19, Universities are working out ways to provide some kind of monetary relief to their overseas students. Moreover, Many universities are also refunding or reducing fees for students who opt for online courses.

Henceforth, Students who were hoping to get a scholarship or monetary assistance from foreign universities upon admission need not worry – subject to profile assessment…

Now, talking particularly about some renowned universities:

  • LaTrobe University, Australia has come up with various scholarship plans for undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate research students.
  • Macquarie University in Australia is offering an annual scholarship of AUD$10,000 for Indian students for 2020 and 2021.
  • UK-based University of Portsmouth has come up with scholarship plans for Indian students to cover the first-year fee.
  • The New Zealand’s University of Auckland has approved a fee waiver for its research students 

Myth#6: International Student Support and Welfare, not materialized..

This is FALSE…

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Well..Well..Well.. – The concerned authorities of developed nations are more concerned that even beyond our thinking process owing to economic development – International students bring onboard?


Here’s how Countries have been responding spontaneously:

In due course – The tertiary education sector from these nations, catering to international students have already deployed proactive measures and are working hard to support the health, well being, and academic success of international students, even during these hard times..

And, you won’t believe that for this purpose specifically to safeguard best interests of international students – Governments have prudently created portals highlighting updates and measures, they have been taking from time to time.

Portals for reference..

Source – Quora answer

And then, the support doesn’t just extend from national level – Support packages have also been created from state levels also in countries like Australia.

Here’s few references –

Likewise, These support packages have been designed to support the international students facing hardships during such unimaginable times.

Such hardship fund have been engineered to help keep vulnerable international students afloat during the crisis.

With coronavirus infections dramatically down and plans afoot to significantly open the Australian economy, the Australian government has announced a pilot project to bring back international students to some universities as soon as July.2020
[Source – ICEF]

Unfavorable impacts if you fall prey to myths and misinformation..

Firstly – there isn’t any medicine or VACCINE discovered till date to cure negative vibes or falling prey to “unworthy” myths – only you can CONTROL it yourself by changing your mindset and most importantly, trust your “inner instincts”


Just think in this manner as the pandemic unfolds – What will happen if you fall prey to these myths?

Let me answer this – it could be detrimental to your education and career goals or to put it in absolute term – future prospects!

Here’s how :

1. Changing Immigration Rules and Regulations may Turn Unfavourable

After the onset of COVID-19, many countries are introducing immigration-friendly policies for economic revival. You could miss this opportunity if you delay or call off your plan to study abroad, maybe – for another year or even later…

For instance, I wish to cite some examples supporting the above viewpoint:

A complete overhaul of how Canada processes immigration applications is in the works as the government braces for post-pandemic demand for migration to Canada.
– Source

2. Educational Gap

Are you ready to take a one-year hiatus in your education journey? Would you be fine to see your peers move abroad for higher studies and leap forward to new milestones while you stay back in India? If your answer is no, then you need to rethink your decision.

3. Procrastination shaping up with prolonged time..

Source – Instant gratification monkey (firm believer in procrastination) fleeing away when panic monster arrives

Today it is COVID-19, tomorrow it could be some other issue. If you keep putting off your decision to explore international study opportunities when things get better, you are losing valuable time – which would OBVIOUSLY not come back..

Do you know that still 91% of Indian students are firm with their original plan to study in an international university and move abroad within the next 6-10 months?

So – Get going with pursuing world-class studies taking long term BENEFITS into consideration..and don’t wait for MUCH better opportunity or panic monster as shown above – might catch hold of you 🙂

Now, the question is whether you are among this 91% or the rest.. If still not, Would love to hear your thoughts in the “comment section” below..

How to Power Your study abroad dreams?

Before even delving further with this topic, I would like to ask you –

Would you want to study and bring your career prospects to the NEXT level while also, having a sense of being – the safest on the planet and not confront deadly virus diseases?

Remember – Peace of mind is most important if you want to really succeed in your life..

If yes with moving to the NEXT level – Read further :

Let me bring these important facts which would certainly level up your mindset to know that you would be LANDING in one of safest nations in the world who have done a commendable job with flattening the Covid-19 curve subject to choosing them as your preferred study destination :

  • Australia has been declared as one of ‘Safest Place in the World’ as the nation has already managed to contain pandemic with some states having flattened the curve to “NULL” stage and the Govt. is already planning to open borders for International students as early as July.20
  • New Zealand declared itself to be Virus-Free although, some few -2-3 cases have sprung up quite recently but still considering the magnitude of cases across other nations – It is really QUITE safe..

Here – we are back now to this parent topic..

Now – you need to make the best of the opportunities available to you at present, albeit even slowly and gradually till the border restrictions also get lifted with time and then, aligning with the myth busters..

1. Get past – First stepping stone for Immigration pathways

Yes – You heard it right! IELTS or PTE English proficiency tests are ACTUALLY the stepping stone to head your Visa application in right direction..

Computer delivered tests [CD-IELTS] AND PTE Test centers are re-opening gradually across India and it remains undisputed that giving English Proficiency tests is quite necessary if you want to attain “Successful Visa grant” without much hassles..

And getting minimum band scores is the key for smooth immigration pathways – as these widely recognized tests are the “first pre requisite” to get an offer letter from college/university or to be eligible for Study Visa requirements.

You can appear for these tests and speed up your visa process to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other countries. Book your consultation for online test preparation now!

And then – Usually, it would usually take around 1-5 months to prepare seamlessly for IELTS or PTE although, time frame for preparation would depend upon varied factors outlined in quora answer given by us.

2. Eligibility check

In view of Covid-19 border restrictions – Visa application processing times are certainly longer than usual so meanwhile, you can always have your documents organized after having your eligibility checked by us ..

Thereafter, You can relish concierge service – Watch your documentation, drafting, and rest of the process being done, ensuring everything to be clear of common mistakes  — a dedicated team member from Fly2victory will help make sure your forms and documents are being set alright!

And then – As per 21st century trend, We will file your application online after rigorous proofreading on timely basis. Always remember that constructive documentation, drafting and proofreading is a time consuming and complex process..

In simple terms : Faster the Visa filing, more the chances for “Acceptance”

Here’s why:

This would enable to not deter your file with DELAYS and then, get lost in pile of papers at a later stage not serving any tangible purpose as the Case officer would pay much attention after “Quota” for specific year – international students has been attained..

Applications being accepted in the early SLOTS have higher chances of acceptance owing to a fixed quota system which has been decided on prior basis by immigration departments.

3. And then, powering your Study abroad dreams would lead to..

Making your pathways LUMINOUS for Permanent Residency..

“International students are also often excellent candidates to apply to remain in Canada permanently, with nearly 54,000 former students becoming permanent residents in Canada in 2018.”
– Forbes

Henceforth, Considering the above stats from 2018 – the figures for more International students becoming permanent residents are bound to grow, thereby, giving you permanent exposure to the vibrant and developed economy..

So certainly – amidst Covid-19, This is also an opportune time to think about a permanent residency plan which in turn has long-term benefits for your professional career and your spouse/dependents.

Connecting the dots : Here’s how studying abroad will get you ready for Permanent Residency?


Permanent residency road map usually starts with student visa 》going over towards attaining Post graduate work permit 》making way easier to get the desired points for the invitation to apply for Permanent residency with foreign work experience..

And then – not to forget, Your application will resonate more with local employers in developed countries if you gain foreign experience..

An international experience will make you a confident, social, understanding individual with great organisational skills…and that means people will want to hire you!”

And no matter your current circumstances, it’s never too late to adjust your mindset and bring positivity at the very outset- you need to take to become a high achiever and live an enriching life..

So, Where’s the wait…then?

Our tie-up with MARA agent will make your visa filing process easy and uncomplicated with seamless documentation. We will ensure that your application is strong and convincing enough for the case officer to grant you a successful visa for Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the UK. 

Nonetheless, You can always take advantage of favorable immigration rules, in force amidst Covid-19, and start with your Study Visa application – apply for Winter intake -2021 when it is strongly anticipated that border restrictions will be lifted for the particular student segment by then..

As, Some universities are even giving international students the option to defer their courses to the next semester or year.

Incase, Your mind refute the facts put across by me – let me know in the comment section below and I would be glad to clarify any sort of doubts