Proposed Changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) - Effective 1 July


The Australian Government is implementing significant changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), effective from 1 July 2024, to align visa streams with educational levels.

Key Changes:

Stream Realignment:
  1. Graduate Work Stream becomes Post-Vocational Education Work Stream.
  2. Post-Study Work Stream becomes Post-Higher Education Work Stream.
  3. Second Post-Study Work Stream becomes Second Post-Higher Education Work Stream.
Eligibility and Stay Periods:
  1. Post-Vocational Education Work Stream:
    • Up to 18 months for most, up to 5 years for Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders.
  2. Post-Higher Education Work Stream:
    • Bachelor’s: up to 2 years
    • Master’s (coursework, extended): up to 2 years
    • Master’s (research), PhD: up to 3 years
    • Special provisions for Indian nationals per AI-ECTA.
    • Age limit for both streams reduced to 35 years, except for certain passport holders (up to 50 years).

Other Changes:

Replacement Stream: Ceased.

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