New Information on 485 Visa

The Temporary Graduate visa streams in Australia are being re-aligned to match levels of study:

  1. Graduate Work stream will be renamed to Post-Vocational Education Work stream.
  2. Post-Study Work stream will be renamed to Post-Higher Education Work stream.

Eligibility Based on Qualifications:

  • Post-Vocational Education Work stream: For associate degrees, diplomas, or trade qualifications related to an occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
  • Post-Higher Education Work stream: For degree-level or higher qualifications.

Key Changes Effective from 1 July 2024:

  • Age Limits:
  • Maximum age for both streams reduced to 35 years.
  • Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders remain eligible until age 50.
  • Stay Periods:
  • Post-Vocational Education Work stream: Up to 18 months; up to 5 years for Hong Kong or British National Overseas passport holders.
  • Post-Higher Education Work stream:
    • Bachelor degree (including honours): Up to 2 years.
    • Masters (coursework and extended): Up to 2 years.
    • Masters (research) and doctoral degrees (PhD): Up to 3 years.
    • Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders: Up to 5 years.
  • Special Provision for Indian Nationals (under AI-ECTA):
    • Bachelor degree: Up to 2 years.
    • Bachelor degree with first class honours in STEM: Up to 3 years.
    • Masters (coursework, extended, and research): Up to 3 years.
    • Doctoral degrees (PhD): Up to 4 years.
  • Second Post-Higher Education Work stream: Renamed from the Second Post-Study Work stream with no other changes.
  • Replacement stream: Will be discontinued.


  • Applications lodged before 1 July 2024 will follow the old requirements.
  • New requirements will apply to applications lodged on or after 1 July 2024.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

29 Jun, 2024

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