More Changes to 485 Visa Means No Skills Assessments and No Need for Occupations to be on Skilled Lists
Occupations will not have to be on skilled occupation lists and there will be no need for skills tests as the government outlines its plans to temporarily change requirements attached to the Temporary Graduate visa. (Subclass 485)
The measures were announced as part of the government’s Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030, an updated strategy to replace the 2016 National Strategy for International Education 2025.
The strategy outlines government plans to diversify the student cohort in Australia and encourage overseas students to study in areas of need such as engineering, maths, technology and health.
The Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485), Issued after completing a masters degree by coursework will change in length from 2 to 3 years and the visa duration for VET students will extend from 18 to 24 months.
Overseas students will also be made more aware of their rights and responsibilities whilst living, studying and working in Australia.
There will be a $28 million support package offered to the education industry in Australia as well as many previously announced changes including recognition of time spent studying overseas counting towards future visa eligibility.
Australia has some of the most reputable universities in the world and the government is heavily incentivising study in Australia by making these changes to one of the most common permanent residency pathways, starting with the Temporary Graduate visa. (Subclass 485) and then by applying for Subclass 189 or Subclass 190/491 state-nominated permanent residency.
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