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485 Visa Update: Age Requirement is Now 35 Years Old!


It’s Official! Changes on 485 Visa Age Requirements and Validity Period Takes Place in July 2024

The Australian Government has officially announced changes on the 485 Visa age requirements and validity period on 1 July 2024. These updates are in line with the Migration Strategy, in which the 485 Visa age requirements will be 35 years old and the validity period for 485 Visa Post-study work stream will be decreased too. The Government will also close the Replacement stream on 1 July 2024.

There is a lot to process here, but don’t worry as ONEderland Consulting has summarised them for you below.

Changes for 485 Visa Graduate Work Stream

First of all, the Government announced to rename the stream to Post-Vocational Education Work stream. Then, the following changes on 485 Visa will apply from 1 July 2024:

  • The maximum age requirement for 485 Visa Post-Vocational Education Work stream is 35 years old. But, the age requirement for Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders will remain maximum 50 years old.
  • The visa will be valid for 18 months. Except for Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders who can stay up to 5 years on this stream.
  • Applicants must be working on an occupation listed on MLTSSL.
  • Applicants with Bachelor or higher degree will not be eligible for this stream.

Read more: IELTS Test Score: New Student Visa Rules for Australia 2024

Changes for 485 Visa Post-study Work Stream

The Government also announced to rename the stream to Post-Higher Education Work stream. And the following updates on 485 Visa will apply from 1 July 2024:

  • The maximum age requirement for 485 Visa Post-Higher Education Work stream is 35 years old. But, the age requirement for Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders will remain maximum 50 years old.
  • The validity period for 485 Visa Post-Higher Education Work stream (other applicants) will be:
    • Up to 2 years for Bachelor degree and Master degree by coursework and extended;
    • Up to 3 years for Master degree by research and PhD
  • The 485 Visa validity period for Indian applicants (as agreed on AI-ECTA) will be:
    • Up to 2 years for Bachelor degree (including honours)
    • Up to 3 years for Bachelor degree with first class honours in STEM, including ICT
    • Up to 3 years for Master degree by coursework, extended and research
    • Up to 4 years for PhD

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Changes for 485 Visa Second Post-study Work and Replacement Stream

There are no changes for the 485 Visa Second Post-study work stream. Meanwhile, the 485 Visa Replacement stream will cease on 1 July 2024.

Read more: Upcoming Immigration Changes Australia: New Visa Program and Expected Visa Fee Changes

I’ll be over 35 years old this July, what should I do?

If you’re affected by the new changes on 485 Visa, especially in meeting the age requirements, it’s best to explore your visa options from now on. The Australian Government has provided various visa options for you to remain in the country, and one of these 5 options might suit you!

Option 1: General Skilled Migration Visa (subclass 189 visa/subclass 190 visa/subclass 491 visa)

This option would suit you if upon your graduation, you have already held a professional work experience and is relevant to your qualification for at least 3 years. However, you must pay attention on the age requirement, in which you must be under 45 years old to receive an invitation to lodge one of these visa subclasses.

Read more: How Many Points are needed for Australian Skilled Migration Visa 2024

Option 2: Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (subclass 482) / Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 494) Visa

You can consider the 482 Visa or 494 Visa if you have possessed professional work experience that is relevant to your qualification for at least 3 years, and at the same time you have a potential sponsor.

But, should you consider the 482 Visa or 494 Visa? It depends whether your sponsor operates in Australian Regional Area or not. If it is, then the 494 Visa might better for you.

Good news is that 482 Visa does not have any age requirement, but the 494 Visa has age requirement of maximum 45 years old.

Option 3: Training Visa (subclass 407)

The Training Visa (subclass 407) would be your best option if you don’t have any professional experience yet. The Training Visa (subclass 407) is valid for up to 2 years and you can gain the necessary professional experience during that period. Other than that, the Training Visa (subclass 407) does not have age requirement. You’re only required to be at least 18 years of age to undergo the training program.

Later, you can extend your stay in Australia by applying for other type of working visa, like the Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482) Visa.

Read more: Visa 407: Training visa – Gain the Work Experience for a Visa 482

Option 4: Partner Visa (subclass 820/801)

If you’re in a relationship (either married or in a de facto relationship) with an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, the onshore Partner Visa (subclass 820/801) should be on your list.

You will get many benefits by applying for the onshore Partner Visa, as long as you could submit the application before your Student Visa expires. First, you will get a Bridging Visa A which allows you to remain in the country legally and to work or even study. Second, you don’t need to be in a long-distance relationship. Third, the onshore Partner Visa will eventually lead you to Australian Permanent Resident, so you can live a happy life with your loved one!

Option 5: Student Visa (subclass 500)

If none of the above options suit your condition, you can consider obtaining another Student Visa (subclass 500). You can obtain more relevant qualification to strengthen your background.

Well, that’s a lot of option, but which one is best for me?

The best one would depend on your situation. We understand that it’s quite confusing, but don’t worry because ONEderland Consulting is ready to assist you in finding the best one!

We will guide you thoroughly on all available options tailored to your situation. It is our commitment to ensure your migration journey goes smoothly no matter what changes are in place.

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The clock is ticking! 

Yes, we understand the new update on 485 Visa is surprising and the changes might disadvantage you in many ways. But, don’t worry! It’s not the end of your migration journey!

Our visa specialists at ONE derland Consulting will assist you in finding the best visa options despite the new age requirement for 485 Visa. We have a 98% success rate and are one of Australia’s most highly recommended migration agents. Read our 4.9* score customer reviews.

We are complex visa specialists. As a registered Australian migration agent with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA), we are regulated in our professional practice and bound by the profession’s Code of Conduct issued by the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

Take the first step and get in touch with us. Our team members are professional and honest and speak various languages, such as Mandarin/ Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Arabic, Japanese, and Thai. Contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1300 827 159. Alternatively, you may book your consultation online, and it is backed by our 100% Money Back Guarantee Program.

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