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New Rules: Post-Study Work Visa Australia 2024

As of today, January 23, 2024, the maximum duration of a Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa under the new rules implemented in December 2023 is still 6 years, however, this duration is conditional and depends on the specific type of qualification you hold:

  • Bachelor’s degrees: Maximum of 2 years.
  • Master’s by coursework: Maximum of 2 years.
  • Master’s by research: Maximum of 3 years.
  • PhD: Maximum of 3 years.

Important updates:

  • Extended visas: The previous option to extend a Post-Study Work visa by an additional 2 years for working in regional areas is no longer available.
  • Hong Kong and BNOP holders: Holders of Hong Kong and British National Overseas passports may still be eligible for a maximum of 5 years on their Subclass 485 visa.
  • COVID-19 impacted visas: There’s a separate visa stream (“485 (COVID-19 Affected)) offering longer visa durations (18 months to 6 years) for those whose original visa was impacted by travel restrictions.

Calling all international students in Australia! Brace yourselves for an update on your post-graduation work adventures. The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) has received a makeover, and there are some key changes you need to be aware of to navigate your stay Down Under.

What’s new?

  • Say goodbye to the one-size-fits-all approach: Your visa duration now depends on your qualification. Bachelor’s degrees get you 2 years, Master’s by coursework also gets 2 years, Master’s by research and Ph.D. holders can stay for 3 years. No more blanket 4 years for everyone!
  • Kiss the regional extension goodbye: That extra 2-year extension for working in regional areas is no longer an option. Focus your job hunt nationwide unless you already have that regional experience!
  • Special mention for Hong Kong and BNOP holders: You guys are still the VIPs, with a chance to snag a sweet 5-year visa!

Still feeling lost? Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • The good news: You can still work and live in Australia after graduation!
  • The not-so-good news: The duration depends on your degree type, and the regional extension is history.
  • The silver lining: Hong Kong and BNOP passport holders get a bonus year!

What to do now?

  • Check your qualification: Figure out which category you fall under to know your visa duration limit.
  • Plan your job hunt: Focus on areas matching your skills and qualifications, keeping in mind the revised visa durations.
  • Seek expert advice: If you’re unsure about anything, consult a registered migration agent or visit the Department of Home Affairs website for the latest info.

Remember, these are just the highlights. Don’t forget to delve deeper into the official rules and regulations to ensure you’re on the right track.

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