Changes to the Temporary Graduate (Sc 485) Visa – Effective 1 July 2024

Upcoming changes to the temporary graduate student visa

The Department of Home Affairs has recently introduced changes to the Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa program, scheduled to take effect on 1 July 2024. This blog post aims to provide a comprehensive overview of these changes and what they mean for current and prospective applicants.


Key Updates to the Temporary Graduate Visa Program


1. Eligibility Criteria Before and After 1 July 2024

Different eligibility criteria apply to the Temporary Graduate visa depending on when it is lodged.

  • Before 1 July 2024: Applicants who complete their qualification and lodge their Temporary Graduate visa application before 1 July 2024 will be assessed under the current visa requirements.
  • On or After 1 July 2024: Applications lodged on or after 1 July 2024 will be assessed under the new visa requirements.


2. Australian Study Requirement

The Department has clarified that to meet the Australian study requirement, the applicants must provide evidence from their education provider indicating the date of course completion before the visa decision is made.

  • Completion Date: This refers to the date on which all academic requirements for the award of the degree, diploma, or trade qualification were met. It is crucial to note that this does not include the formal conferral of the degree, such as through a graduation ceremony (as stipulated in the Migration Regulations 1994, regulation 1.15F(2)).

Legislative Instruments

As of now, the legislative instruments that will bring these proposed changes into effect have not yet been released. We will publish a new page once this instrument is made available.


What This Means for You

If you are planning to apply for the Temporary Graduate visa (Sc 485), it is essential to:

  • Ensure that you complete your qualification and lodge your visa application before 1 July 2024 to be assessed under the current requirements.
  • Be prepared to meet the new requirements if you plan to lodge your application on or after 1 July 2024.

Stay Updated

For the latest updates and detailed information on the 1 July changes to the Sc 485 visa, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs’ website.

Keep an eye on our blog as we continue to provide updates and insights on the latest immigration changes.


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