How many Student visa holders Stay in Australia after completion?
According to page 61 of the “BR0097 Student visa and Temporary Graduate visa program report” there were 555,310 visa-holding international students in Australia at the end of June 2020. This was very similar to the 553,139 at the end of June 2019.
In the 2019-20 Migration Outcomes report, it is stated that 16,588 international students in Australia transitioned directly from a Student visa to a Permanent Visa.
9,992 places were in the Skilled Visa stream:
- 3,742 Regional places.
- 3,096 State/Territory Nominated places.
- 1,313 Global Talent (Independent) places.
- 990 Skilled Independent places.
- 618 Employer Sponsored places.
- 191 Business Innovation and Investment Program places.
- 42 Distinguished Talent places.
6,587 places were in the Family Visa stream:
- 6,575 Partner Visa places.
- 12 Other Family Visa places.
And 9 places within a Special Eligibility scheme.
That shows about 2 out of every 100 current students obtain Permanent Residency from their Studies, with another 1 out of every 100 obtaining PR by relationship, (partner visa).
Student visa and Temporary Graduate visa program reports at: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/research-and-statistics/statistics/visa-statistics/study
Section 3.50 of the August 2021 Skilled Migration Program Report, states:
Universities Australia stated that 84 per cent of international students and graduates return to their home countries after receiving a recognised, Australian university qualification.
This indicates that 16% of graduates remain in Australia. Somewhat different to the 3% that stay as Permanent Residents, directly from the student visa. Maybe the remaining 13% stay on other temporary visas.
Source: section 3.50 Skilled Migration Program Report