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Changes to Subclass 485 Visa




On 1 July 2022, the government introduced a temporary concession for those looking to apply for a Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa in the Graduate Work stream.


Previously, applicants for this particular visa were required to nominate an occupation from the skills occupation list and obtain a suitable skills assessment. These requirements have been temporarily removed.



The stay period has also been increased from 18 months to 24 months.


These changes enable applicants who have met the Australian study requirement, but do not satisfy the skills assessment requirement, to apply for the Subclass 485 visa under the Graduate Work Stream.


At this stage, the Department of Home Affairs have indicated that this temporary concession applies to applications made between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023 inclusive.


Applicants are still required to meet the Australian study requirement and other eligibility criteria for the visa. We strongly recommend that you contact one of our consultants sooner rather than later to discuss your individual circumstances and ensure you don’t miss out on this opportunity.


For further information, contact one of our Consultants today.


Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case-specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.