Australia’s Subclass 485 Visa With the New Age Limit

New Age Limit with Subclass 485 Visa

  • Australia’s Subclass 485 Visa With the New Age Limit is open to candidates under 50 years old.
  • The changes will take effect on July 1, 2024.
  • Temporary two-year visa extension ending soon.

Age Requirement Now for SubClass 485

Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has announced the new age limit for the Subclass 485 Visa. The new age limit is now set at 50 years for the applicants. It means that individuals under 50 can apply for the Temporary Graduate Visa program.

 

Originally, they had plans to lower the age limit to 35 years. However, there was an exception for applicants from Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders. At the same time, the age limit will remain at 50 after considering its impact on post-higher education work opportunities.

 

Master’s (research) and PhD students, as well as Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders below 50, can now apply for the Subclass 485 Visa. This move aims to attract more international students and balance the age requirements.

 

Note: The 35-year age limit still applies to those with a:

 

  • Master’s by coursework
  • Bachelor’s
  • Associate degrees
  • Vocational programs.

Post-Study Work Rights in Australia

The Australian government offers the following post-study work rights:

 

  • 2 years for a Bachelor’s Degree (unchanged)
  • 2 years for a Master’s by coursework (reduced from 3 years)
  • 3 years for a Master’s by research (unchanged)
  • 3 years for a PhD (reduced from 4 years)

Other Changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa Program

The Department of Home Affairs has also renamed some streams under the Temporary Graduate Visa Program. Here are the new names:

Current Name: Post Study Work Stream

 

New Name: Post-Higher Education Work Stream

 

The extension of the Temporary Graduate Visa came into being in the year 2020 for an extra two years but is now going to cease in a short time soon, although the Subclass 485 Visa requirements will still be the same. In scenarios where one is looking for work or study permits down under, Asif Consulting happens to be the best company that can provide full immigration facilitation services especially when someone requires specialized help with their Subclass 485 Visa application process.