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For information about travelling to Australia, see Vaccinated travellers | COVID-19 and the border.

Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise.

For more information see visa processing times.

Temporary Graduate visa eligibility

We have changed the requirements for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa for those who have been affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions:

  • online study undertaken outside Australia will count towards the Australian Study Requirement for existing and new student visa holders
  • graduates can apply for and be granted a Temporary Graduate visa outside Australia (where they have met all the requirements).

Australian Study Requirement and COVID-19 concession

Online study undertaken outside Australia will count towards the Australian Study Requirement (ASR) for existing and new student visa holders

Only study undertaken outside Australia whilst holding a student visa will count towards the ASR. 

If you are applying outside Australia, you must hold or have held an eligible Student visa (this does not include one supported by the Defence or Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister). For more information see Temporary Graduate visa.

Note: You must lodge your application within 6 months of completing your eligible qualification.

Flexible timeframes for additional information – English tests and health

We allow extra time for you to provide English language test results if you were unable to take a test because of COVID-19. Extra time will also be given for health checks where COVID-19 disrupted access to services.

Where you have made an appointment for one or more of these services more than 28 days into the future, you may attach your booking confirmation in ImmiAccount.

Please respond to requests for information to inform the Department, via ImmiAccount, that you need additional time should you require it.

Visa extensions for Temporary Graduate visa holders affected by COVID-19

Temporary Graduate visa holders who are eligible for a replacement Temporary Graduate visa because they were affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions will have their visas extended or enlivened to 30 September 2022. Eligible visa holders will be notified directly by the Department.

This interim measure allows eligible Temporary Graduate visa holders to enter or remain in Australia to live and work until they can apply for and be granted a replacement Temporary Graduate visa.

See more about visa extensions for Temporary Graduate visa holders affected by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) replacement stream visa

The COVID-19 Temporary Graduate replacement stream visa will be available for new applications from 1 July 2022.

See more about the COVID-19 Temporary Graduate replacement stream visa.