Updates to the Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa Program

The Australian Government has introduced controversial changes to the Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485) program, set to take effect on 1 July 2024. These changes are pending legislative amendments.

 

Changes to the Graduate Work Stream

The Graduate Work stream will be updated and renamed the Post-Vocational Education Work stream. Changes include:

  • Reduction of the age limit to 35 (unless Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders).
  • Applicants must hold an associate degree, diploma, or trade qualification related to an occupation on the MLTSSL.
  • Individuals with a Bachelor degree or higher will no longer be eligible for this stream. They must apply through the Post-Higher Education Work stream.
  • The visa allows a stay of up to 18 months, with a potential extension to 5 years for eligible passport holders.

Post-Study Work Stream Update

The Post-Study Work stream will be renamed the Post-Higher Education Work stream. Significant updates are:

  • The age limit is set to 35 (unless Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders).
  • The existing 2-year extension for ‘select degrees’ will be discontinued.
  • Stay duration is adjusted:
    • Bachelor’s degrees up to 2 years;
    • Master’s by coursework and extended up to 2 years
    • Master’s by research and PhDs up to 3 years.
  • Special provisions for Indian nationals as per the AI-ECTA agreement remain intact.

 

Second Post-Study Work Stream

The Second Post-Study Work stream will become the Second Post-Higher Education Work stream, with no other modifications.

 

End of the Replacement Stream

The Replacement stream will be discontinued as part of the visa program changes.

 

For the original announcement, please visit this page of Home Affairs.

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