485 visas are now being granted with the longer periods
Earlier on the 25th November the Immigration Ministers released this statement;
“Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders who have been unable to travel to Australia as a result of COVID-19 international border restrictions will be able to apply for a replacement visa. This will allow current and former Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders whose visas expired on or after 1 February 2020 to re-apply for a new subclass 485 visa of the same duration as their original visa.
Additionally, the Morrison Government will increase the length of stay on the Temporary Graduate visa from two to three years for Masters by coursework graduates, matching that of Masters by research graduates. Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector graduates will also receive a two year Temporary Graduate visa.
The new visa settings will also extend existing measures for students and temporary graduates to recognise time spent offshore studying online to count towards qualifying for a temporary graduate visa.”
Visa granted from the 1st of December are now receiving longer periods on the grant letters.
It is not expected that the current 485 visa holders can apply for an extended period under this scheme. We will let you know if this changes but to do this the law would have to be altered as well. The Minister can just make up his mind on 485 grant periods without law changes.
You can read the entire Prime Ministers press release here
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