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The new visa settings for the Temporary Graduate Visa (485) will extend existing measures for students and temporary graduates to recognise time spent offshore studying online to count towards qualifying for a temporary graduate visa. In addition to that, those who have had the visa and were unable to travel to Australia as a result of COVID – 19 border restriction will be able to apply for a replacement visa with the same duration as their original visa.

Duration for the Temporary Graduate Visa for Masters by coursework graduates has been increased from two to three years, matching that of Masters by research graduates.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector graduates will also receive a two – year Temporary Graduate Visa. In addition to that, the requirement to nominate an occupation from the skills occupation list will also be removed in the future.

These changes to Temporary Graduate visa stay periods will be in effect from 1 December 2021, and the removal of skilled occupation list requirements from 1 July 2022.

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