The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alex Hawke announced today that there will be changes in Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visas to provide further support to international students affected by the pandemic.
The changes will include the following:
- Temporary Graduate (485) visa holders who have been unable to travel to Australia as a result of COVID-19 international border restrictions will be able to apply for a replacement visa. This will allow current and former 485 visa holders whose visas expired on or after 1 February 2020 to re-apply for a new subclass 485 visa of the same duration as their original visa.
- Length of stay of 485 visas of Masters by Coursework graduates will be increased from 2 to 3 years. Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector graduates will also receive a two year Temporary Graduate visa.
- The new visa settings will extend existing measures for students and temporary graduates to recognise time spent offshore studying online to count towards qualifying for a temporary graduate visa.
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