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Extension of Stay Duration and Removal of Skills Assessments for 485 Visas

Are you thinking of applying for the Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa? Life just got slightly easier for you as the Australian government has committed to the streamlining of application requirements! The changes announced are expected to commence from 1 July 2022.

Sounds exciting! What changes have been made?

The stay duration for the 485 visa under the Graduate Work stream will increase from 18 to 24 months. Further, applicants do not need to nominate an occupation from the skilled occupation list. This means that a skills assessment will no longer be required.

Is there anything else I should note?

These changes have not yet been formalised through legislative instrument but are expected to commence in the new financial year. Importantly, the removal of the skills assessment requirement is only a temporary concession. There is no information yet on whether this concession will continue beyond the 2022­–23 financial year.

I understand, so how can I fulfill my dream of staying in Australia?

We will be more than happy to assist you! Just get in touch with our friendly team via our website. Once you do that, sit back and relax as we guide you through the entire process of applying for the relevant visas!

I like reading, so what are the details of the legislative instrument?

The new legislative instrument referred to above is the Migration Amendment (Occupation Nomination and Skills Assessment for Subclass 485 Visas) Regulations 2022 (F2022L00822). It amends Migration Regulations 1994(F2022C00520) to the effect of removing the provisional skills assessment requirement as described above.

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