485 Replacement Visa Eligibility


The Department of Home Affairs introduced the Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) Replacement stream in July 2022 to assist Temporary Graduate visa holders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and international movement restrictions.

The new 485 Replacement stream allows eligible visa holders to obtain another Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) for the same duration as their original visa, provided they were unable to stay in Australia for the full period of their previous visa due to the COVID-19 restrictions that were in force from 1 February 2020 to 14 December 2021.


485 Replacement Visa Requirements


To satisfy the eligibility requirements for the Subclass 485 Replacement Stream Visa, applicants must either:

  • hold a Temporary Graduate visa as the main holder; or
  • have held a Temporary Graduate visa as the main holder and currently hold:
    • another substantive visa; or
    • Bridging visa A; or
    • Bridging visa B.

An applicant may be eligible to apply as the main holder if:

  1. The applicant held a Graduate Work stream or first Post Study Work stream Temporary Graduate visa that was granted before 15 December 2021 and in effect on or after 1 February 2020.
  2. The applicant lost time on their visa because of Australia’s COVID-19 travel restrictions. This means:
    • if you were in Australia when your original Temporary Graduate visa was granted, you have been outside of Australia while holding this visa between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021; or
    • if you were outside Australia when your original Temporary Graduate visa was granted, you entered Australia on that visa and departed Australia on that visa before 15 December 2021.
  3. The applicant has not had their Temporary Graduate visa or any visa cancelled unless it was cancelled because the visa holder asked it to be, or the decision to cancel the visa was set aside by the Tribunal.


When can I apply for the 485 Replacement Stream?


If eligible, an applicant may apply for the Subclass 485 Replacement Stream before 1 January 2027.

There is currently no English requirement for the replacement stream; however, applicants must meet the health requirements and character requirements.


Can family members apply?


Secondary visa holders who were granted a Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 visa as a member of the family unit of the primary visa holder will also be eligible for the replacement stream if the primary visa holder meets the eligibility criteria.


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Related Blog – New Changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa Program: How Will This Affect New Applicants?

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