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Post-study work rights extension: qualifications announced

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Under the Temporary Graduate Work visa (subclass 485), the post-study ‘stay and work’ period for eligible graduates of listed qualifications will increase. The new durations are as follows:

  1. Bachelor degree graduates will now have a four-year period, a step up from the previous two-year period.
  2. Master’s degree graduates will be eligible for a five-year period, up from three years previously.
  3. Doctoral graduates will have a six-year period, an increase from the previous four years.

In addition to this, there is also an existing provision of additional one to two years of work rights for eligible students who choose to study, live, and work in regional areas.

The new extensions will be implemented starting from 1st July 2023.


Eligible qualifications

The list of occupations and qualifications will be monitored and reviewed on an annual basis.

You can search by CRICOS course to check if your qualification is eligible for a post-study work rights extension.


Other eligibility criteria

You will be eligible for this extension if:

  • you meet all the eligibility criteria for the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485), and
  • your qualification is on the list of eligible qualifications (check above).

In addition, one of the following must also apply:

  • You hold a Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) on 1 July 2023, or
  • You have lodged an application for a Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) by 1 July 2023, or
  • You lodge an application for a Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) after 1 July 2023.

If you hold a Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study Work stream) that expires before 1 July 2023 but hold an eligible qualification, you can still apply for this extension.



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