TOP 5 BENEFITS OF STUDYING IN A REGIONAL AREA
Are you Considering extending your stay in Australia with a Student visa? Well, you should definitely consider studying in a regional area! Usually most backpackers and students coming to Australia will choose the big cities like Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney but regional cities offer many opportunities for International students. Ballarat, Perth, Hobart, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Darwin, Townsville or Byron Bay are now considered regional area.
If you are a long termer and want to migrate, choosing a regional area for your studies has numerous benefits. As well as the lower cost of living and the more laidback lifestyle, you can also get extra points for permanent Residency and a post graduate visa up to 4 years.
1) Affordable cost of living
While the cost of life in big cities like Sydney and Melbourne can be incredibly high, regional areas have a more affordable cost of living. For example, your accommodation, food and transport expenses will be much lower.
2) More points for Permanent Residency
If you complete your studies in a regional town or city, you can gain extra points towards Permanent Residency. So, if you are someone planning to apply for permanent residency in Australia, studying in a designated regional area will give you an absolute benefit. Studying or living in any provincial city for over two years will grant you an extra five points towards a skilled Permanent Residency visa.
Source immigration website
3) More sponsor and visas options
The Australian Government has recently announced some changes to boost regional areas. They have created 2 new skilled regional provisional visas that provide a pathway to permanent residency, and a new skilled regional permanent resident visa. Additional points under the Skilled Migration Points Test for skilled migrants nominated twill be given to live and work in regional Australia. Because regional areas have a lower population, job opportunities are higher in certain occupations on the skill list.
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4) 3 to 4 years post graduate visa
From 2021, international students studying at University in a regional area will be offered an extension of the current 2 years post graduate visa subclass 485 (post study work stream). It applies to graduates of Bachelor and Masters. Top 5 reasons to study at University
The additional 1 to 2 years post-study work visa will require an ongoing residence in a regional area.
– 1 year extra (total of 3 years post graduate visa) if you studied and lived in Category 2 cities = Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart
– 2 years extra (total of 4 years post graduate visa) if you studied and lived in category 3 cities = ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’
More details here on the immigration’s website
5) Relaxing laidback lifestyle
Regional cities provide a relaxing lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Some regional cities offer numerous facilities and entertainment like some big cities but with a more laidback vibe and less crowded. Imagine living in Gold Coast or Perth and be able to go for a swim at the beach every morning before work. Regional areas are more relaxed and you can experience the real Australian lifestyle and be part of a community.
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