Removal of skilled occupation list requirements when applying for 485 visa - graduate work stream

Affected 485 visa holders will be able to apply for a replacement visa from 1 July 2022.

Other changes to Temporary Graduate:

  • The stay period on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa for Masters by Coursework graduates, will increase permanently from two to three years, to match the stay period for Masters by Research graduates.

  • As a concession during the COVID-19 pandemic, the stay period on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa Graduate Work stream, will increase from 18 to 24 months, and application requirements will be streamlined by removing the requirement for graduates to nominate an occupation from the skills occupation list.

  • These changes to Temporary Graduate visa stay periods will be implemented from 1 December 2021, and the removal of skilled occupation list requirements from 1 July 2022.

These changes will be implemented progressively from 1 December 2021 through to 1 July 2022. Further details will be available on the Department of Home Affairs website shortly.

Joint media release with The Hon Alan Tudge MP - COVID-19 concessions for offshore temporary graduate visa holders (

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