New 485 Visa Changes
For the next twelve months (until 30 June 2023), any applicant who has held a Student visa (Subclass 500) and meets the Australian study requirement can apply for the Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485) without having to complete a skills assessment or nominate an occupation on the skilled occupation list.
The applicant must have successfully completed all the course requirements for at least 92 weeks of study (two years). These qualifications can be degree, diploma, or trade certificates.
The applicant must also apply within six months of completing the course – and before 30 June 2023.
Temporary Graduate Visas – Replacement Stream (subclass 485)
From the 1 July 2022 and before 1 January 2027, current or former Temporary Graduate visa holders who lost time in Australia as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions have the opportunity to apply and obtain a replacement 485 Temporary Graduate Visa.
Previously where individuals couldn’t extend their Temporary Graduate visa Subclass 485 visa, the new regulations now allow current or former primary applicants of a Temporary Graduate visa the chance to apply for this new replacement stream.
You will receive the same grant period as your previous visa.
For this you must:
- Make an application before 1 January 2027
- Have held a relevant Temporary Graduate Visa that was granted before 15 December 2021
- Have lost time on your visa because of Australia’s Covid-19 Travel restrictions
- Not have had your Temporary Graduate visa, or any visa granted after you held your temporary graduate visa, cancelled, unless it was cancelled because you asked for it to be.
At This is Australia, we understand that the Graduate Skilled Visa application process can be stressful for everyone involved. For professional services, contact one of our qualified migration agents.