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Visa extensions for eligible temporary graduate visa holders

The Australian government has announced that from 18 February 2022, certain eligible Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders will have their visas extended or enlivened to 30 September 2022.

This is an interim measure and allows these eligible visa holders to enter, or remain in, Australia and to live and work until they can apply for and be granted a replacement Temporary Graduate visa.

Eligibility
To be eligible for a Temporary Graduate visa extension:

• visa holders must have held a Temporary Graduate visa on 15 December 2021
• the current visa expires before 30 September 2022
• the primary visa holder was in Australia at time of the visa grant
• the primary visa holder has been outside Australia for any period between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 (inclusive)
• the visa has not been cancelled since 15 December 2021
• the holder has not been granted a further substantive visa since 15 December 2021.

To be eligible for visa enlivening:

• visa holders must have held a Temporary Graduate visa that visa expired between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 inclusive
• the primary visa holder was in Australia at time of grant
• the primary holder of the visa has been outside Australia for any period between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 inclusive
• the visa was not cancelled
• the visa holder has not been granted a further substantive visa.

Cost

The visa extension is free and will occur automatically.

COVID-19 Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) replacement stream visa

Applications for the COVID-19 Temporary Graduate replacement stream visa open on 1 July 2022.

The Temporary Graduate replacement stream visa will give current and former visa holders impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions the same length of stay as their original visa.

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