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Apr28

[28/04/2024]



The Australian Government plans to implement changes to the Temporary Graduate visa programs (485 visa) starting July 1, 2024, pending legislative approval. The key adjustments are as follows:

Graduate Work stream:

  • Renamed as the Post-Vocational Education Work stream.
  • Maximum age limit reduced to 35 for most applicants, except for Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders, who can apply until age 50.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor or higher degree must apply through the Post-Higher Education Work stream.
  • Maximum stay remains 18 months, extendable up to 5 years for Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders.

Post-Study Work stream:

  • Renamed as the Post-Higher Education Work stream.
  • Maximum age limit reduced to 35 for most applicants, with exceptions for Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders.
  • Stay duration varies based on degree level, with a maximum of 2 to 3 years, except for Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders who may stay up to 5 years.
  • Stay periods for Indian nationals are defined by the Australian Indian Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA).

Second Post-Study Work stream:

Renamed the Second Post-Higher Education Work stream, with no other changes.