Major Updates to the Temporary Graduate Visa Program

As previously mentioned, the Department is considering significant changes to the Temporary Graduate visa program starting from the next financial year.

Effective from 1 July 2024, the following changes will be implemented:

Age limitation:

  • All applicants – to be capped at 35 years old.
  • Nationals of Hong Kong or British National Overseas passport holder – until 50.

Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa (Graduate Stream) – to be renamed into Post-Vocational Education Work Stream. The visa will be open only for graduates who hold eligible associate degree, diploma, or trade qualification closely linked to a job on the MLTSSL.

Visa duration:

  • All applicants – up to 18 months
  • Nationals of Hong Kong or British National Overseas passport holder – up to 5 years

Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa (Post -Study Work Stream) – to be renamed Post-Higher Education Work Stream. Only for Graduates with Higher Education Degree (Bachelor, Master of above).

Extensions for this visa will no longer be available.

Visa duration:

  • Bachelor degree (including honours) – up to 2 years
  • Masters (coursework and extended) – up to 2 years
  • Masters (research) and doctoral degree (PhD) – up to 3 years.
  • Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders may be able to stay for up to 5 years.
  • Indian national for with doctoral degree (PhD) – up to 4 years.

Second Post-Study Work stream to be renamed into Second Post-Higher Education Work Stream. No further changes here.

Replacement Stream

Sad news for this stream — it’s stepping off the stage and will be closed.

Guys, if these changes affect your migration pathway, please email me at so we can discuss your circumstances and definitely find a solution.

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