Series of Significant Updates in Australia Migration Program
The DHA (Department of Home Affairs) Australian Immigration department has declared the latest changes for 485 Subclass Temporary Graduate Visa. As per the changes, the eligible candidates are allowed to apply for a Replacement Temporary Graduate Visa. The changes have been proposed by Mr. Alex Hawke, former Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs, in November 2021.
The purpose of the changes is to address those current and former Temporary Study Visa holders who have lost the chance to apply for the further visa due to the Wuhan Virus COVID – 19 and travel restriction.
Basically, there are three streams for Temporary Graduate Visas under which candidates can apply for the further visas,
However, as per 23 June 2022’s announcement the amendments will be applicable only to the graduate work stream and applicable to those international graduates who have Australian diplomas and trade qualifications. In addition, as per the DHA from 1 July 2022, both onshore and offshore candidates can apply for this replacement visa.
The DHA has declared the migration amendment regulations 2022 which will be applicable from 1 July 2022.
As per the latest changes the DHA has published the new requirements for the new subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) Visa Graduate Work Stream from 1 July 2022.
The above concession of the visa can be applied from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023. However, the duration of the application may be extended based on the DHA’s decision and if the labour market shortage remains. In addition, as per the 25 November 2021’s media release, the stay period for the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa Graduate Work stream will increase from 18 months to 24 months. The update will not streamline the application requirements but also enhance the chances to obtain Australia Permanent Residency.