485 Replacing Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)



Some Temporary Graduate (485 replacement visa) holders will be able to extend or renew their visas through September 30, 2022, beginning on February 18, 2022. These visa holders are covered by this arrangement, which enables them to enter or stay in Australia to live and work until they can apply for and be granted a new Temporary Graduate visa. These visa holders were affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions.

For those 485 replacing visa holders who were stranded abroad due to the Australian border closure, this is wonderful news. The COVID-19 replacement stream visa was made available by the government for TemporaryGraduate (485 replacement visa) holders who were affected by the travel limitations in Australia. This means that those who were affected by the Covid-19 interruption and were unable to remain in Australia for the entire period permitted by their prior

A temporary Graduate (485 replacement visa) will be able to apply for this replacement stream visa. International students’ dedication to Australia will be honored with the replacement Temporary Graduate 485 replacement visa. It will accept how COVID-19 and the ensuing travel restrictions interfered with its plans. Beginning in the middle of 2022, this COVID-19 replacement stream will be accessible for new applications.

What is a temporary graduate visa?

After completing your studies, you can stay in Australia to live, study, or work with a temporary graduate visa 485 replacement visa. The 485 visa replacement includes two streams: one for graduate work and the other for post-study work. The stream you apply for will determine how long you remain.

Announcement for replacing the temporary graduate visa post covid

If you are enrolled with an Australian educational institution and have been affected by COVID-19 and related travel restrictions, the eligibility conditions for a post-study employment visa (Temporary Graduate visa, replacement visa) will be lowered.

Under these circumstances:

  • If you have a student 485 visa replacement and are studying online outside of Australia due to COVID-19, you can count this toward your requirement for Australian study (485 visa update).
  • Graduates who qualify and are subject to travel limitations may also apply for and receive a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa outside of Australia.
  • If you are unable to take a test in your native country because of COVID-19, you will be allowed more time to submit your English language results (485 visa update).
  • If COVID-19 has impeded access to services, more time will also be given to do biometric collection and health assessments (485 visa update).


Speaking with our education counselor will provide you with the most recent information. This information is accurate as of the publication of this notice on July 20, 2020, but it is subject to change (485 visa update).


Eligibility for replacing the temporary graduate visa


For A Temporary Visa Extension To Be Acceptable:

  • On December 15, 2021, visa holders had to have a replacement 485 visa.
  • The existing replacement 485 visa runs out before September 30, 2022.
  • At the time the visa was issued, the primary visa holder was present in Australia.
  • Between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021, the principal visa holder must have been abroad (inclusive)
  • Since December 15, 2021, the replacement visa has not been revoked.
  • Since 15 December 2021, the holder has not received another substantive visa.
  • Duration, and cost of this replacement of a temporary graduate visa

Duration of this visa:

The first 485 visa replacements of the applicants will be valid for the whole period. The degree of their qualification determines this.


The full visa application fee will be charged because successful applicants will receive full validity. Each family member who applies for the replacement visa with them must pay a fee as well.

Be sure to include your family:

Applicants are allowed to add members of their families to their applications. This includes any relatives who haven’t listed on their replacement 485 visas when they first applied.

Does the temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) require me to pass an English proficiency test?

As part of your visa application, you might need to provide proof of your English language skills. Take the IELTS exam, which measures your English language proficiency for studying, working, and immigrating. You can take the IELTS test at any of our Australian IELTS test centers because IDP is a co-owner of the exam.

To support my application for a replacement 485 visa, will I need OSHC (overseas student health coverage)?

If you have a current student visa, you must be covered by an overseas student health insurance policy at the time of application. This is a requirement of your student visa. You must submit proof of your current OSHC along with your visa application.

However, for your 485 visa application to be approved, you’ll still need to get health insurance during the period that your visa is being processed. The Department of Home Affairs will get in touch with you because, before issuing your 485 visas, they need proof that you have purchased a policy that conforms with those standards.

For instance, if you receive a bridging visa during the 485 visa processing period and your student visa expires, your OSHC policy will also end. You must get a new health insurance plan that satisfies the requirements for 485 visa holders before your student visa and OSHC coverage expire. You must have and maintain adequate health insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia once your 485 visa application has been approved.

How to apply for a graduate student temporary visa (subclass 485)

The Department of Home Affairs has a website where applications can be submitted. Have all the necessary paperwork prepared, together with the required payment, to ensure that your visa application is accepted?

Estimated costs and turnaround time

The replacement visa 485 application fee starts at AUD 1680. Your workstream will determine how long it takes to process. You may examine the anticipated processing time for all student visas here.


You can get a comprehensive list of everything you need to apply for a visa at the Department of Home Affairs. We advise you to read this material and get in touch with us if you need help with your application.



Applicants are permitted to temporarily reside, study, and work in Australia. If we offer them this visa, they must find employment. We are not in charge of making job arrangements. Candidates are allowed to add members of their families to their applications. This includes any relatives who weren’t listed on their replacement visa 485 when they first applied.

Parish Patience is here to assist if you wish to live and work in Australia as a skilled immigrant and need professional advice. With more than ten years of experience in the field of education and migration consulting, we offer complete solutions to the candidates and support them during the entire procedure.



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