In December 2023, the Australian government announced a new Migration Strategy, introducing significant changes to various visa programs, including the Graduate Visa.

Changes to the 485 Temporary Graduate Visa are proposed to be implemented on the 1st of July 2024. We've written a blog detailing all the upcoming changes. Click here to read it.

Who needs this visa?

This visa is for international students who have:

  • formerly studied in any of the institutes in designated regional areas of Australia, and
  • were granted 485 Post Study work stream visa as a result of that study, and
  • have lived (worked/studied) in a designated regional area from last 2 years.

When can application be made for this visa?

Application for this visa can be made commencing on 20 January 2021.

What this visa allows you to do?

This is a temporary visa that allows holders to live, study or work in Australia.

How long will this visa be granted for?

It will be either 1 year or 2 years depending upon which designated area you formerly studied and where you lived from last 2 years.

For more information on this visa, you can read one of our news article about it here: Second 485 visa – Regional Graduate 485 visa – recent changes to 485 visa 

How can Work Visa Lawyers help?

Work Visa Lawyers is highly experienced in Skilled Graduate Subclass 485 visas application process. We are able to assist with all aspects of the application, and can also advise on complications and upcoming deadlines which may affect your eligibility, such as age or expiring documents. We prepare your application efficiently to enable your visa application to be submitted as quickly as possible.

Work Visa Lawyers will provide an eligibility assessment before advising you to proceed with a visa application.

Our team of experienced Immigration Lawyers and Migration Agents look forward to assisting you with your Australian visa or appeal.

Based in Adelaide South Australia, we provide Australian Immigration advice to people and businesses from all over the world.

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