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MATES Migration Scheme

MATES Migration Scheme:

The Australian Federal Budget Document, released recently, announced the start date for the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES) for Indian Nationals.

  • Australia and India entered into a Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement (MMPA).
  • The MMPA is a bilateral framework that supports and promotes two-way migration and mobility between our two countries while addressing issues pertaining to illegal and irregular migration.
  • The Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-Professionals Scheme, or ‘MATES’, is a new scheme established under the MMPA to enable the temporary mobility of Indian university graduates and early career professionals.
  • MATES aims to encourage mutually beneficial skills and knowledge transfer between Australia and India.
  • Under the scheme, Indian graduates and early career professionals (aged 18 to 30 years) with knowledge and skills in targeted fields of study will be offered a new temporary mobility pathway, to live and work in Australia for up to two years.
  • Eligibility Criteria for MATES: MATES will be open to Indian Nationals who are:
    • Must be 30 years old or younger at the time of application
    • Have not previously participated in MATES
    • Have proficient English language skills
    • Have graduated within two years from an eligible educational institution at the time of application
    • Hold a qualification (Bachelor’s degree or higher) in target fields of study
    • There will be no requirement for sponsorship by an Australian employer to be eligible to apply for a visa as part of MATES.