The new visa settings for the Temporary Graduate Visa (485) will extend existing measures for students and temporary graduates to recognise time spent offshore studying online to count towards qualifying for a temporary graduate visa. The Australian government has announced 3 measures to the 485 visa (graduate and post-study work visa) to benefit international students after COVID. These changes will benefit those international students and the graduate community that hasn’t been able to enter Australia to commence or finish their studies and graduates that lose time on their graduate or post-study work 485 visas.
New changes to the 485 visa
On 25 November the Australian Government announced COVID-19 and visa changes that apply to the Temporary Graduate visa. Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders unable to travel to Australia because of border restrictions will be able to apply for a replacement visa from mid-2022.
- • From 1 December 2021, the stay period for Masters by Coursework/Masters extended graduates is permanently increased from two to three years same as Masters by Research graduates.
- • From 1 December 2021 as a concession during the COVID-19 pandemic, the stay period on the Graduate Work stream, will temporarily increase from 18 to 24 months.
- • Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector graduates will also receive a two – year Temporary Graduate Visa. In addition to that, the requirement to nominate an occupation from the skills occupation list will also be removed in the future.
- • These changes to Temporary Graduate visa stay periods will be in effect from 1 December 2021, and the removal of skilled occupation list requirements from 1 July 2022.