Legislative Instrument Migration Amendment revisions have been announced by the Department of Home Affairs, Australia. This applies to Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) Visa extension periods. In addition, an increase in Subclass 500 (Student) Visa Work Hours Regulations has been brought in.
The new reforms will be applicable from 1 July 2023. International students will be granted with additional 2 years of post-work rights.
The reforms apply to those who have been previously not afforded the extended visa duration on a previous Temporary Graduate visa. There will be no government charge applicable to this stream.
Subclass 485 applicants will be granted a visa with an additional 2 years of duration as to the standard visa period. The applicants must meet all the eligibility criteria for the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). And also, the educational qualification must be fulfilled.
Moreover, the post-study work rights will apply to eligible international graduate students. The qualifications will be selected across medicine & healthcare, engineering, and information technology and reviewed annually.
Additional Information Regarding Extension Duration of Visas
Furthermore, post-study employment privileges will grow from 2-4 years for bachelorette degrees. An extension of 3-5 not only for master’s degree holders but also 4-6 years of extension for all doctoral degree aspirants.
Also, Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders are eligible for a 5-year Post-Study Work Subclass 485 visa.
Applicants who hold a current Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) as of 1 July 2023, can also apply. If you have a pending application for a Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) on 1 July 2023 is also acceptable.
Additionally, applicants applying for a Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) after 1 July 2023 are also eligible for an extension.