Many international students come to Australia with the hope of staying permanently.
But our latest report, Graduates in limbo: International student visa pathways after graduation, shows that the rights Australia grants international students to stay and work here after they graduate are too generous, offering many false hope.
Australia offers graduating students much longer temporary visas than our main competitors for international students, such as Canada, the UK and the US.
But many temporary graduate visa holders struggle to pursue their chosen careers in Australia, with
- only half securing full-time employment
- most working in low-skilled jobs
- and half earning less than A$53,300 a year, compared to just one-third of all graduates.
Outcomes are often not matching the effort
More than half of these visa holders work in jobs that don’t even require a tertiary qualification. In fact, the incomes of temporary graduate visa holders look more like those of working holiday makers, most of whom come to Australia to travel.