Subclass 485 Post-Study Work Rights Extension


Additional two years post-study work rights for international graduates with select degrees.


A two-year extension of post-study work rights is available for international graduates with select degrees that are in areas of verified skill shortage.

From 1 July 2023, post-study work rights for international graduates will be increased from:

· two years to four years for select Bachelor degrees.

· three years to five years for select Masters degrees.

· four years to six years for all doctoral degrees.

This extension will be added to the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) (TGV) for eligible graduates; or enabling a new visa application for those select students who already hold a TGV and will be seeking an additional two years.

The Government has selected courses eligible for an extended graduate visa for international students from 1 July 2023. The full list of all eligible higher education courses can be found at the extended post-study work rights page.


This will not affect eligibility to apply for the Post-Study Work Stream for graduates who have studied, worked, and lived in a regional area.

Transitional arrangements

Temporary Graduate visa holders in Australia, may be eligible for a Pandemic event (subclass 408). For details, please contact Parish Patience Immigration Lawyers

Eligible courses

The full list of all eligible higher education courses at individual providers has been published on the extended post-study work rights page.

The lists of occupations, qualifications and courses will be monitored and reviewed on an annual basis to respond to any changes in the labour market and address any risks that emerge.

It is intended that future changes to the qualifications list will not adversely impact students who have started an eligible course of study which has subsequently been removed from this list. Students who graduate with a qualification that was eligible either when they started studying or when they finished studying, or both, will be eligible for the extension.

Eligibility and how to apply

Lodgement for visa applications will commence on 1 July 2023, subject to appropriate regulations being put in place.

It’s important to note that immigration regulations can change over time, so it’s always best to consult with an Immigration Lawyer or a registered migration agent for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding visa requirements and exemptions. Please call our office on 02 9286 8700 or email:

Parish Patience Immigration Lawyers is here to assist if you wish to move to Australia as a skilled worker and require professional advice.

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