Student Visa Changes

Do you hold a temporary graduate visa? Were you impacted by the Australian travel restrictions put in place due to COVID-19?

If you could not stay in Australia for the entire period allowed by your previous Temporary Graduate visa, you may be eligible to have your visa extended until 30 September 2022.

If your Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa expired between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021, it was automatically brought back into effect on 18 February and extended until 31 September 2022, if:

  • your Temporary Graduate visa expired between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 (inclusive),
  • You were in Australia at the time of the grant,
  • You were outside Australia for any period between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 (inclusive) as the holder of a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa,
  • Your visa was not cancelled, and /or
  • You have not been granted a further substantive visa.


To find out more, visit the Department of home affairs.


If you have applied for an alternative visa and are waiting for it to be processed, you may wish to cancel this application to ensure you remain eligible for the Temporary Graduate visa extension.

Applications for the COVID-19 Temporary Graduate replacement stream visa open on 1 July 2022.

See more here.


Ready for a Working Visa?

At the Ayers Group, our migration experts can advise you on eligibility for an extension to your Temporary Graduate (subclass 485). We can also advise you on eligibility for a 482 sponsorship visa (the old 457 visa), arrange pre-approval and even lodge your application. And, if you can’t find an employer to commit to sponsorship, we’ll sponsor you for up to four years so you can work in Australia.