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Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. We are prioritising visa applications for travellers who are exempt from the current travel restrictions or who are travelling within the Safe Travel Zone.

See visa processing times for further information.

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.