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BIG CHANGES! SC 485 Temporary Graduate Visa in Australia (2024 Update) ~ Australia Skilled Worker Visa

Changes to the Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) Visa

In today’s blog update, we’ll be taking a look at the 2024’s Changes to the Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) Visa.


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The Australian government has announced significant modifications to the Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) Visa, which will take effect from July 1, 2024. These changes are part of a broader adjustment to immigration policies aimed at better aligning with the nation’s economic needs.
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Key Changes in the Temporary Graduate Visa.

  1. Stream Renaming:

The Graduate Work stream will be renamed to the ‘Post-Vocational Education Work’ stream. The Post-Study Work stream will transform into the ‘Post-Higher Education Work’ stream. The Second Post-Study Work stream will now be known as the ‘Second Post-Higher Education Work’ stream.

  1. Age and Qualification Adjustments:

The age limit for applicants will be set at 35 years across the newly named streams. Specific qualifications will be required for each stream, focusing on aligning educational outcomes with labor market needs.

  1. Visa Duration and Eligibility:

Visa durations have been tailored based on the level of qualification, with differentiated periods for Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral graduates. Special provisions remain for Hong Kong and British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders, offering extended eligibility and visa duration.

  1. Cessation of the Replacement Stream:

The Replacement Stream, designed for students impacted by COVID-19, will be discontinued.

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These changes reflect a strategic shift towards attracting skills critical to Australia’s long-term economic success while providing clarity and enhanced opportunities for international graduates. For a detailed understanding of how these adjustments might affect future applications, consulting with migration experts is advisable.

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