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Australia: the advantages of studying in the Regional Areas

For several years, the Australian Government has encouraged international students to live and study in Regional Areaie in the cities and main regional centers of Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Wollongong, Geelong etc.

If you want to immigrate long-term to Australia, choose a Regional Area for your studies has many advantages. The cost of living is low and the way of life is very pleasant. If you study in a Regional Areayou can also earn extra points for Permanent Residence and a Temporary Graduate Visa with a potential duration of 4 years.

Why go to study in the Regional Areas ?

  1. The cost of living is affordable

The cost of living in big cities like Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane can be incredibly high, Regional Areas offer a more affordable cost of living. You will be able to make significant savings, especially in terms of accommodation, food and outings. For example, the average rent in the Perth area is about $200 cheaper than in the most expensive capital, Sydney. Finally, the Regionals Area offer a more relaxed way of life than the big cities, while offering many options for going out and doing activities.

  1. Original activities depending on the region

According to Regional Area where you settle, you will be able to discover Australia from several angles.

south australia

There is a world of new experiences and things to do in South Australia. Get up close to iconic Australian wildlife just minutes from central Adelaide, or swim with sea lions and sharks on the Eyre Peninsula. Adelaide is full of gourmet restaurants, cafes, lively markets and many bars to go out. South Australia is home to 18 wine regions and has been officially named the Great Wine Capital of the World.

Adelaide, South Australia

Beach lovers will be in heaven, while for the more athletic, the area features many of the most epic surf spots in the country. Every year between February and March, Adelaide also hosts the Fringe Festival during which the whole city is punctuated by artistic and musical performances on every street corner.

Western Australia

The capital of Western Australia was recently added to the list of Regional Areas by the immigration authorities, which makes her an excellent choice if you are considering studying and applying for a permanent visa. Its magnificent sunsets, its culinary culture and its mild climate make Perth one of the ideal places to live in Western Australia. It is also a region that enjoys incredible weather, it is the sunniest region in Australia all year round.

Perth, Western Australia

Western Australia is also renowned for its breathtaking Road Trips. The trip between Perth and Broome will allow you to make one of the most beautiful trips of your life! And with places like Espérance, Hamelin Bay or even Kalbarri National Park not far away, you will have the opportunity to have beautiful extended weekends.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of the most attractive areas to live in Australia outside of the larger conurbations. There are magnificent beaches and a lot of nice places to go out with friends. The cost of living and housing are relatively low compared to major cities in Australia. It is also the region classified as Regional Area which offers a wide choice for higher studies and vocational courses.

Gold Coast
Gold Coast

It is one of Australia’s biggest tourist destinations. It is also a region very popular and loved by international students. The beaches are absolutely magnificent and renowned for their many surf spots. At night, the restaurants, bars and clubs are also very lively. The people of the Gold Coast are renowned for their warmth and friendliness. They like to go out to enjoy the beautiful beaches and the good weather.

  1. More points for Permanent Residence

By studying in a Regional Areayou will be able to benefit from 5 additional points in the famous Points Test for General Skilled Migration, which is not negligible.

You have surely heard of it, in order to obtain Australian Permanent Residency, most applicants must pass the “Skilled Visa Test Point”. This test is based on different criteria such as age, number of years of professional experience in a particular field, diplomas (in your country of origin and in Australia) and the candidate’s level of English. You will have understood it well, by living and studying in a Regional Areayou increase your chances of obtaining maximum points, and therefore your chances of acquiring Permanent Residence.

  1. More sponsor and visa options

The Australian government recently announced changes to boost business and the economy of Regional Areas. The State has created a new program, the “Skilled Regional Provisional Visas”, which offers privileged access to Permanent Residence. In addition, extra points are given to people living and working in a Regional Area. As the population is less dense in these regions, certain occupations on the Skilled List are in high demand there.

  1. Extension of the Temporary-Graduate Visa (subclass 485)

In addition, higher education (Bachelor, Master and PhD) in these regions will allow you to benefit from an extension of the duration of the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), visa allowing you to live and work on Australian territory without any restriction. after your studies. This duration is initially two years but can be extended if you are studying for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or if you are doing a PhD:

  • One year extension on the initial duration of the Post-Graduate Visa (3 years in total) if you study and live in category 2 cities like: Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart.
  • Two-year extension on the initial duration of the Post-Graduate Visa (4 years in total) if you study and live in category 3 cities such as the Center regions and those not mentioned above.

In addition, the regions of Australia are generally less populated. There are therefore more job opportunities, particularly with regard to jobs on the “Skilled Occupation List”. The Australian government recently created two new lists, specific to “Regional Areas”: the Regional Occupation List (ROL) and the DAMA list (Designated Area Migration Agreements). If you want to know more about the jobs in demand in 2021, don’t hesitate to read our article on the subject here.

If you are convinced that you can find your happiness in a Regional Areado not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help you!

We can help you choose a school/university in one of these regions and for all the Student Visa procedures.

*All information relating to immigration to Australia presented in this article is given by Nicolas Fernandes, immigration agent at All Seasons Migration, do not hesitate to contact us to take advantage of their expertise.

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