From 18 February 2022, certain eligible Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders will have their visas extended or enlivened to 30 September 2022. Visa holders eligible for an extension will be notified directly by the Department.
This interim measure allows eligible Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders who were affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions to enter, or remain in, Australia to live and work until they can apply for and be granted a replacement Temporary Graduate visa.
The Government recognises the valuable contribution of temporary visa holders and acknowledges the disruption caused by COVID-19.
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.
The visa extension is free and will occur automatically. You do not need to contact the Department.
The visa extension will include family members that were included in the original Temporary Graduate visa.
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.