Media Release by The Hon Alex Hawke MP


Media Release by The Hon Alex Hawke MP

The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs has published a Media Release about COVID-19 concessions for offshore temporary graduate visa holders on 25/11/21 


Highlight of this Media Release as follows:  

Note: This is only an announcement from Media Release, when official website mentions the changes we will send an update.


  • Current and former Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders whose visas expired on or after 1 February 2020 to re-apply for a new subclass 485 visa of the same duration as their original visa. 

  • Those graduates whose visas have expired will be able to apply for a replacement visa from 1 July 2022. 

  • 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. 


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