More international students to head to Western Australia and Queensland
WA and Queensland are set to become a more attractive destination for international students after changes to visa and migration settings.
Skilled migrants are now being encouraged to move to Perth and the Gold Coast as the Federal Government reinstated their status as a 'region' for international students, coming into effect on November 16.
For the first time, the two destinations will be added to the list of locations migrants can move to on a regional visa.
The decision to include the Gold Coast and Perth on the list of destinations followed a big push from universities, who were keen to attract more international students.
While the migration cap of 160,000 places remains unchanged, there will now be 25,000 regional visas set aside for migrants who agree to work outside the major cities, up from 23,000.
Those that agree to spend a three-year stint in regional Australia will have their applications elevated to the top of the list.
They will also be eligible to apply for an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa and for permanent residency.
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