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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.