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COVID-19 UPDATE: March 2021 Changes to Temporary Graduate 485 Visa


COVID-19 March 2021 UPDATE: Latest Changes to Temporary Graduate 485 Visa

The number of International students staying in Australia after graduating on a Temporary Graduate 485 visa – has been increasing since the program was introduced. There were nearly 97,000 temporary graduate visa holders in March 2020. The aim of the 485 visa is to give chances for foreign students to stay in Australia for a short amount of time and obtain international work experience.

Recently, the Australian government has made amendments to the visa conditions for all 485 visa streams to support foreign students affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions. These recent changes may be the highlight of your day, let’s find out more what the changes are below.

What is a Temporary Graduate 485 Visa?

A temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) allows any of you international students to live, study or work after you have completed your studies. The visa has two streams: the Graduate Work Stream and the Post-Study Work Stream. The length of your stay will depend on the stream you are applying for.

Find out more about Temporary Graduate 485 here.

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What are the Changes for March 2021?

Recently some changes have been made to Temporary Graduate 485 Visa to assist international students impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Here are the key points of the update of Temporary Graduate 485 Visa:

  • Those 485 visa holders who have lived and studied in metropolitan Australia will be able to apply for a second post-study work visa;
  • To be eligible for the second 485 visa, you have to complete your education at a regional institution and have stayed, for at least two years in a regional area immediately before applying for your second post-study work visa;
  • The qualified prospective second subclass 485 visa applicants must apply for a visa in Australia, but they can be granted a visa during the concession period if they are outside Australia;
  • Graduates affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions are now eligible to apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa offshore – they must hold or have a Student Visa in the last 12 months to qualify.

To further check about your eligibility please contact us here.

Changes to Temporary Graduate 485 Visa 2021

When Will These Changes Take Effect?

The changes for the Temporary Graduate 485 visa will come into effect from 20 January 2021 which enables you to stay in Australia and gain international work experience.

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