Last week Vetassess announced changes to their skills assessment criteria which will affect many PhD students studying in Australia.

Previously, Vetassess accepted a full scholarship as ‘work experience’ for the purpose of obtaining 1-year work experience for a skills assessment or for work experience points. However, this is due to change from Friday, 15 December 2018. This is a major change and it will affect many PhD students including those who intend to work in careers such as University Lecturers and Scientists. Applications lodged prior to this date will continue to be assessed under the criteria in place at the time of lodgement.

This new change means that any PhD applicants with a full scholarship will soon be required to obtain paid work experience in their field after completing their PhD to meet the criteria for a positive skills assessment.  For many PhD students studying in Australia, the obvious pathway to gain adequate work experience is to apply for a Subclass 485 Visa after completing their studies.  

The 485 visa is for international students who complete 2 years of study in Australia. Depending on the criteria being met the visa will be granted for either 18 months, 2 years, 3 years or 4 years. PhD graduates may be eligible for a 485 Visa for between 18 months and 4 years depending on when you first studied in Australia. The 485 visa is a great option as it offers full work and study rights. You will be working on steps to help kick start your career or gain permanent residence.

Have you recently completed your PhD? Contact one of our Immigration Lawyers or Registered Migration agents for further information on how to apply for your skills assessment and extend your stay in Australia:

Telephone: +61 3 9614 7111

Email: melbourne@nevettford.com.au

Source: Vetassess December News Letter