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Great news! The replacement Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa is announced


This stream will be available for new applications from mid-2022. We will update the details once it is available.

The COVID-19 replacement stream is a replacement for the initial Temporary Graduate visa for the visa holders who were not in Australia once the border was closed. It is only available for Temporary Graduate visa holders impacted by the Australian travel restrictions. This means, people who could not stay in Australia for the full period allowed by their previous Temporary Graduate visa.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • currently hold, or have 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 1 December 2021.

In normal circumstances, applicants can only be granted one Temporary Graduate visa, and a further visa is only available on the basis of regional work and study.

Staying in Australia

Applicants will receive the full validity of their initial Temporary Graduate visa. This is determined by the level of their qualification.


The visa costs AUD 1,680 for the primary visa applicant. There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with them.

Whilst holding this visa

Applicants can live, study and work in Australia temporarily. They must find their own employment if we grant this visa. We are not responsible for arranging employment.

Applicants can include members of the family unit in their application when they apply. This includes family members that weren't included in their original Temporary Graduate visa.

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