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Major changes coming to 485 Temporary Graduate Visa (TR Visa)

Updated: May 7

This is not good new for many current or future international students in Australia.


The 485 Temporary Graduate Visa will be undergoing significant changes. Expect all the changes to be implemented before July 2024. Here are some of the changes that we are aware of. Please take into account that nothing can be confirmed until published on the Department of Home Affairs website.

  1. Maximum age of applications will decrease from 50 years old to 35 years old - expected by July 1, 2024

  2. Length of visa will be reduced in some cases:

    1. Bachelor - 2 years - staying the same

    2. Masters by Coursework - 2 years - decreasing from 3 years

    3. Masters by Research - 3 years - staying the same

    4. PhD - 3 years - decreasing from 4 years Hong Kong & British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders who study a bachelor, masters or PhD degree will receive a 5-year visa. From Dec 29, 2023, Indian passport-holders graduating with first class honours in a STEM or ICT bachelor degree may be eligible for an additional 1 year on their first Post-Study Work visa - IF they are not eligible for the extended 2 years. The provision falls under the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA).

  3. English requirement has increased. Test score must be the equivalent of IELTS (General or Advanced) 6.5 overall - increasing from 6.0 - in effect from March 23, 2024

  4. An English test score (ie PTE or IELTS) will only be valid if the test was taken within 1 year of submitting the visa application - in effect from March 23, 2024

  5. The recently launched extended post-study work rights (based on what you studied and where) have been cancelled

  6. Graduate Visa holders will no longer be allowed to re-apply for a student visa - expected by July 1, 2024

Due to the new free trade agreement, we understand Indian graduates will be be exempt from the visa length changes - to be confirmed. The other TR Visa changes will still be applicable.


Please note that this information on the 485 Temporary Graduate Visa changes is not migration advice. We are sharing what has been reported in various news websites and on the Department of Home Affairs website.


Major changes coming to 485 Temporary Graduate Visa (TR Visa) in 2024
485 Temporary Graduate Visa (TR Visa) changes 2024

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