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International students and graduates

Information for holders of a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa

​​​​​​Temporary Graduate visas

​We have temporarily changed the requirements for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.


You can now apply for a Temporary Graduate visa from outside Australia as a temporary COVID-19 measure.

For more information see Temporary Graduate visa.

Online study

If you studied online outside Australia, your online study will count towards the Australian Study Requirement (ASR) if you:

  • studied online while holding a student (subclass 500) visa and
  • lodged your Temporary Graduate visa application within 6 months of completing your eligible qualification.

Replacement Temporary Graduat​e visa

Applications will open in mid-2022.

From 1 July 2022, current and former Temporary Graduate visa holders who lost time in Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions may be eligible to apply for a replacement Temporary Graduate visa.

To be eligible for a replacement Temporary Graduate visa you must:

  • hold a valid Temporary Graduate visa or​​
  • have previously held a Temporary Graduate visa that expired on or after 1 February 2020 and
  • have been outside Australia at any time between 1 February 2020 and 15 December 2021.


  • pay the full Visa Application Charge of AUD1,680
  • provide supporting documents.

From 1 July 2022, you can apply from onshore or offshore through ImmiAccount​.

If you are eligible, your replacement visa will allow the same length of stay as your original visa, as per the level of qualification, regardless of how long was spent in Australia on the original visa.

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply. This includes family members that weren't included on your original Temporary Graduate visa.

In normal circumstances, applicants are limited to just one Temporary Graduate visa in a lifetime, and a further visa is only available based on regional work and study.

For more information see​ COVID-19 Temporary Graduate replacement stream.​

​Visa extensions

Temporary Graduate visa holders who are eligible for a replacement Temporary Graduate visa because they were affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions will have their visas extended or enlivened to 30 September 2022. Eligible visa holders will be notified d​irectly by the Department.

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

From 19 February 2022, visa holders can verify their visa status at Check visa details and conditions.

Visa holders, whose visa may cease prior to 18 February 2022, may wish to consider lodging an application for a Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) Australian Government endorsed events (COVID-19 Pandemic event)​, to remain lawfully in Australia pending the implementation of the extension of their subclass 485 visa.