Australia wants graduates in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) areas to help contribute to Australia’s prosperity.
To achieve this, in May 2016 it was reported that foreign students at a Doctorate or Masters-by-research level would soon receive an extra five points towards a skilled migration (subclass 189 or 190) visa if they have studied in the STEM or ICT fields.
As of the 10 September 2016, the points test was officially amended and further details have now been provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with the Department listing the fields of education that will be accepted as STEM or ICT for the purpose of extra points.
The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) defines the following Fields of Education that have been proposed to be accepted under this new points system as including:
o Biological Sciences
o Chemical Sciences
o Earth Sciences
o Mathematical Sciences
o Natural and Physical Sciences
o Other Natural and Physical Sciences
o Physics and Astronomy
o Computer Science
o Information Systems
o Information Technology
o Other Information Technology
o Aerospace Engineering and Technology
o Civil Engineering
o Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology
o Engineering and Related Technologies
o Geomatic Engineering
o Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
o Maritime Engineering and Technology
o Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology
o Other Engineering and Related Technologies
o Process and Resources Engineering.
Graduates can determine if they are eligible for five additional points towards their points test by:
1. Searching the CRICOS website for their qualification- http://cricos.education.gov.au/;
2. Checking their qualification is listed as being at a Doctorate or Masters-by-research level;
3. Seeing if their qualification is listed as being in one of the above Fields of Education.
See http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work for more information, or contact Putt Legal on (08) 9221 7682 for all your visa options.