Australian Government Implements Changes to Temporary Graduate Visa Programs

 

The Australian Government has announced changes to its Temporary Graduate visa programs (Subclass 458) effective from 1 July 2024.

The Graduate Work stream has been renamed to the Post-Vocational Education Work stream, and the Post-Study Work stream to the Post-Higher Education Work stream. The qualification used to meet the Australian study requirement determines which stream should be applied for.

The maximum eligible age for both the Post-Vocational Education Work stream and the Post-Higher Education Work stream has been reduced from 50 to 35 years of age at the time of application. Applicants who are no longer eligible due to the age change may be eligible for alternative visas.

Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders are still eligible for both streams if the applicant is under 50 years of age. Masters (research) and doctoral degree (PhD) graduates are eligible for the Post-Higher Education Work stream if they are under 50 years of age at the time of application.

Applicants for the Post-Vocational Education Work stream may continue to stay for up to 18 months (excluding Hong Kong or British National Overseas passport holders who may be able to stay for up to five years).

Stay periods for the Post-Higher Education Work stream have been altered. Bachelor degree graduates (including honours) may stay for up to two years, Masters graduates (coursework and extended) up to two years, and Masters (research) and doctoral degree (PhD) up to three years. Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders may be able to stay for up to five years.

Stay periods for Indian nationals remain as up to two years for Bachelor degree (including honours) graduates, up to three years for Bachelor degree (with first class honours in STEM, including ICT) graduates, up to three years for Masters (coursework, extended and research) graduates, and up to four years for doctoral degree (PhD) graduates). These stay periods are as agreed in the Australia India – Economic and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA).

The “select degree” two-year extension has ceased, however family members may continue to apply to join primary visa holders in Australia as subsequent entrants.

The Second Post-Study Work stream has also been renamed to the Second Post-Higher Education Work stream, however no further changes have been made to this stream.

The Replacement stream option has been discontinued. Members of the family unit can still apply to join primary visa holders in Australia as subsequent entrants.


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