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New Setting for Visa Subclass 485: Temporary Graduate Visa

Published Date: 25th November 2021

The Australian Government aims to improve the economic conditions of the country. Not only this, their current focus is on international students and skilled workers who have been stuck offshore because of restrictions laid down during Covid-19.

The Morrison Government plans on introducing some changes to the current visa setting of Australian Visa Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa. These changes can be categorized under the head of Replacement Visa which is being implemented to support the international education sector and skilled workers. These changes will also help the country to attract and retain skilled workers in addition to protecting post study work rights of international students.

The changes that are set to take effect soon are:

  • Current and former Temporary Graduate Visa holders will be eligible to apply for a Replacement Visa if their previous visa subclass 485 expired on/after 1st February 2020.
  • This would also be applicable for 485 visa holders who were unable to travel to Australia due to Covid-19 International Border Restrictions.
  • The length of stay for Temporary Graduate Visa is also set to increase from two to three years for Masters by coursework graduates, matching that of Masters by research graduates.
  • A two year Temporary Graduate Visa will also be granted to Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector graduates.
  • Students and temporary graduates who were stuck offshore but still took upon the online mode of studying will be given equal consideration. The changes in the current visa setting will extend existing measures and start to recognize time spent offshore studying online as a qualifying measure to apply for temporary graduate visa.
  • The new setting will also incorporate measures to protect the post-study work rights of international students.

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