More proof student visas are low-paid work visas


Over recent months, the Morrison Government has introduced multiple incentives to ensure a “rapid return of international students”, including:

  • granting a two year Temporary Graduate visa to Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector graduates;
  • extending the temporary graduate visa from two to three years for masters by coursework graduates;
  • uncapping the number of hours international students can work, thus turning them into defacto work visas; and
  • waving visa application fees for backpackers and international students.

Earlier this week, the Mitchell Institute’s Peter Hurley published an article explaining how students, especially from the Indian sub-continent, come to Australia for work and permanent residency:

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Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.