Changes to 485 Visa

The Australian Government has released a new migration strategy which outlines key actions with an emphasis on the education sector and temporary skilled migration.

A temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) is a visa for eligible international students to live, study, and work in Australia after graduation.  Upcoming changes for the 485 visa:

1.       New English requirement

–       The test score required for a 485 visa will increase from an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) to 6.5.

2.       Reducing the length of Temporary graduate visas to:

–       Bachelor’s degree or Master’s Degree: 2 years

–       Master’s by research or PhD: 3 years;

–       Students in regional areas: eligibility for second visa of 1-2 years in length depending on location.

3.       Age limit

–       Applicants will need to be under the age of 35 (as opposed to the current age limit of 50). 

4.       Post study work extension

–       Initial Temporary Graduate Visa duration will be shorter.

–       Extension available only for those who completed education in a regional area.

Overall, the new rules enable better transition to permanent residency and highlights a significant shift in Australia’s approach to education and migration.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

13 Jan, 2024

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