From the period commencing 1 February 2020, concessions have been introduced for all subclass 485 visa streams, including:
- Graduate work stream
- Post Study Work stream
- Second Post Study Work stream
allowing eligible visa applicants to lodge and be granted their visa while they are outside of Australia, if impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Subsequent entrants may also be onshore or offshore for lodgement or grant.
Note that for the Graduate and Post-Study Work streams, while eligible to apply for and be granted a visa outside Australia, the applicant must hold or have held a Student visa in the past 12 months to be eligible to apply for a subclass 485.
As these arrangements are temporary and due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, please refer to the Department’s website for the most up to date information available.