If you an overseas student who has been studying in Australia, it is important to remember that in September 2020 the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced changes to the graduate visa program. This was to assist student visa holders stranded outside Australia due to COVID-19. Students were allowed to receive the Subclass 485 visa from outside Australia. They were also granted a concession to apply for this graduate visa within 12 months of completing their course as opposed to the usual 6 months.
Those in ‘regional’ Australia may extend their 485 visa by one or two years, depending on where they attended university. This extra time is in addition to the two years currently afforded by the Temporary Graduate Visa.
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