Changes to Temporary Graduate Visas (subclass 485)

 

The Australian Government has announced some changes to the Temporary Graduate Visas. The changes are expected to be effective on 1 July 2024. This article summarised the changes. 

 

1.     Renaming the visa stream names

 The Graduate Work stream will be renamed to the Post-Vocational Education Work stream.

The Post-Study Work stream will be renamed to the Post-Higher Education Work stream.

The Second Post-Study Work stream will be renamed the Second Post-Higher Education Work stream. 

2.     The eligible age requirements will be reduced  

For Post-Vocational Education Work stream, the maximum eligible age will reduce to 35 years of age or under. Hong Kong SAR and British National Overseas passport holders will continue to be eligible provided they are under 50 years of age.

Applicants must hold an associate degree, diploma or trade qualification, closely related to their nominated occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Applicants with a degree level qualification or higher will no longer be eligible for this stream. If an applicant holds one of these qualifications, they must apply through the Post-Higher Education Work stream.
For Post-Higher Education Work stream, the maximum eligible age will also reduce to 35 years of age or under. Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR) and British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders will continue to be eligible provided they are under 50 years of age.

3.     Changes in stay periods

For Post-Vocational Education Work stream, there is no change to the stay period. Applicants may continue to stay for up to 18 months.  HKSAR / BNO passport holders may continue to stay for up to 5 years.

For Post-Higher Education Work stream, stay periods will change to the following: Bachelor degree (including honours) – up to 2 years

Masters (coursework and extended) – up to 2 years

Masters (research) and doctoral degree (PhD) – up to 3 years.

Stay periods for Indian nationals, as agreed in the Australian Indian – Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA), remain as:

Bachelor degree (including honours) – up to 2 years

Bachelor degree (with first class honours in STEM, including ICT) – up to 3 years

Masters (coursework, extended and research) – up to 3 years

Doctoral degrees (PhD) – up to 4 years.

Stay period for HKSAR / BNO passport holders remain as up to 5 years.

Please note that the ‘select degree’ 2 year extension will cease.

If you would like us to manage your subclass 485 visa application, please feel free to reach out at visa@fortunechance.com.au

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