Staying in Australia - Section contents
Once you complete your studies, you may want to spend some time in Australia, whether for a holiday, to live and work, or to pursue further study.
When you must depart the country
Here is how long you can stay in the country after your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) expires (and if your visa is still valid):
|CoE end date||How long you can remain in Australia|
|30 June||30 August of the same year|
|31 December||15 March the following year|
|Other||28 days after your CoE end date|
Graduate research students are also entitled to remain in Australia during their thesis marking period.
Applying for a new visa
Registered migration agents
The University of Melbourne can only advise you about the student visa and how changes to your enrolment may affect it.
If you need to apply for a new visa after completing your course, you can engage a registered migration agent to assist you. Legally, only registered migration agents can provide immigration advice and assistance.
The University does not recommend any particular agents. It is good to do some research, look at the migration agent's website and call them for a quote.
Lawyers who are accredited immigration law specialists are the most qualified agents. You can find the list on the Law Institute website.
Prior to engaging with a registered migration agent, you may want to do some research of your own. Different types of visas may be available to you depending on how long you wish to spend in Australia and what you'd like to do while you're here.
If you need to return to Australia to attend your graduation ceremony or to holiday, you can generally make an application for a visitor visa. A visitor visa does not allow you to work.
Other visas you may be eligible for include:
|Temporary Graduate visa|
Allows those who have recently completed an Australian qualification to work, travel or study in Australia.
You can only apply for and be issued this visa while in Australia, and you must satisfy the Australian study requirement within six months of making the application.
|Skilled workers visas|
A permanent visa that allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.
To obtain a skilled workers visa, you must submit an expression of interest to the Department of Home Affairs and then be invited to apply.
You be eligible, you must:
|Employer sponsored visa|
A prospective employer may sponsor you to work in Australia if they cannot source appropriately skilled staff within the local labour market.
The position you are being sponsored for must be full-time, and you must have at least two years of work experience (after qualifications).
|Short Stay Specialist visa|
Allows you to travel to Australia to do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work. This visa can be granted for up to six months, but it is usually only granted for three.
To be eligible, you must:
Allows you to:
This is not an appropriate visa for those whose sole intention is to work.
|Temporary Activity visa||Allows you to come to Australia on a temporary basis to work in a variety of areas, including to participate in or observe an Australian research project.|
|Working Holiday visa|
Allows you to holiday and work in Australia for up to one year, and study for up to four months.
To be eligible, you must:
|Work and Holiday visa|
Similar to the Working Holiday visa, but available to nationals of a different group of countries.
Eligibility requirements, including required education levels, vary according to agreements Australia has with each country.
|Student visa||For those who have accepted a new offer of study in a CRICOS registered course.|
Use the Department of Home Affairs website as a guide for information.