Covid 19 temporary graduate replacement stream – Australia


What is Temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) visa?

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that are relevant to specific occupations Australia needs. It lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily.

What is temporary graduate visa replacement?

To extend support to hundreds of Temporary Graduate visa holders (subclass 485) stranded overseas, the Australian government has announced that those unable to travel due to COVID-induced restrictions will be able to apply for a replacement visa.

The COVID-19 replacement stream is a replacement for the initial Temporary Graduate visa. It is only available for Temporary Graduate visa holders impacted by the Australian travel restrictions. This means, people who could not stay in Australia for the full period allowed by their previous Temporary Graduate visa.

The replacement Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa will recognise the commitment made by international students to Australia. It will acknowledge the disruption to plans that COVID-19 and the associated travel restrictions caused

Bringing break to current and former Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders whose visas expired on or after 1 February 2020, the government on Thursday announced that all those impacted will be able to reapply for new subclass 485 visas of the same duration as their original visa.


  • Temporary Graduates with expired visas can now apply for replacement visas to renter Australia
  • Government to increase the length of stay for 485 visa holders from two to three years
  • VET sector graduates will also receive a two-year Temporary Graduate visa
  • Changes to Temporary Graduate visa stay periods will be implemented from 1 December 2021
  • Applications for the replacement visa can be made from 1 July 2022


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • currently hold, or have held a Temporary Graduate visa that expired on or after 1 February 2020; and
  • have been outside Australia at any time between 1 February 2020 and 1 December 2021.

In normal circumstances, applicants can only be granted one Temporary Graduate visa, and a further visa is only available on the basis of regional work and study.

DHA still determining details on the application requirements. It is likely that applicants will need to supply some supporting documents to apply for this visa stream

Staying in Australia:

Applicants will receive the full validity of their initial Temporary Graduate visa. This is determined by the level of their qualification.


The visa costs AUD1,680 for the primary visa applicant. There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with them.

As successful applicants will be granted the full validity, the full visa application charge will apply.

When you hold this visa:

Applicants can live, study and work in Australia temporarily. They must find their own employment if we grant this visa. We are not responsible for arranging employment.

Applicants can include members of the family unit in their application when they apply. This includes family members that weren’t included in their original Temporary Graduate visa.

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