• 5th Mar 2021
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Second Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) in Post-Study Workstream Announced for TGV holders

An additional year or two of post-study work rights to the Temporary Graduate visa (TGV) in post-study work stream has been announced by the Department of Home Affairs in an effort to encourage international students to study, live, or work in regional areas boosting diversity and economy in regional Australia. 

International students with TGV (post-study workstream) are eligible to apply for the TGV extension if they have graduated from a regional educational institution and have lived for at least two years in regional Australia on their first TGV. 

Starting 21 Jan 2021, holders of Temporary Graduate visa (post-study workstream) who satisfies the specific regional requirements will have the opportunity to apply for a second TGV.
 

It will be a requirement for eligible applicants of the second Temporary Graduate visa to maintain ongoing residence in designated regional areas.

Eligibility includes international students who studied at a regional campus of a metropolitan university.
  • International graduates who have studied and lived in Category 2 may be eligible for an additional year on a second Temporary Graduate visa.
  • International graduates who have studied and lived in Category 3 may be eligible for an additional 2 years on a second Temporary Graduate visa.
While this does not change Student visas, the new conditions on TGV is a great incentive for international students to study and live in regional Australia.

Here are the eligible regional areas comprised of the categories mentioned above and their incentives:

 

Category

Locations

Regional Incentives

#1: Major Cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane -NA
#2: Cities and Major Regional Centres Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong, Hobart -Priority processing of regional visas

-Access to the Regional Occupations List - more jobs compared to non-regional lists


-Graduates will be eligible to access an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa
#3: Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas All other areas of regional Australia -Access to the dedicated 11,200 regional places -Priority processing of regional visas

-Access to the Regional Occupations List - more jobs compared to non-regional lists

-Graduates will be eligible to access an additional 2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa

-Priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs)

Regional areas include Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Lake Macquarie, Illawarra, Geelong, Newcastle, Wollongong, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra.

Below is an outline of the length of extension applicants can expect depending on the qualifications they completed while holding their first TGV:
  • Bachelor's degree (including Honours ): 2 years + 1 extra year (for cities and major regional centres) or + 2 years (for regional centres and other regional areas)
  • Masters degree (coursework): 2 years + 1 extra year (for cities and major regional centres) or + 2 years (for regional centres and other regional areas)
  • Masters degree (research): 3 years + 1 extra year (for cities and major regional centres) or + 2 years (for regional centres and other regional areas)
  • Doctoral degree: 4 years + 1 extra year (for cities and major regional centres) or + 2 years (for regional centres and other regional areas)
The visa application fee for the second TGV (post-study workstream) are as follows:
  • Main applicant: $650 AUD
  • Spouse or Partner: $325 AUD
  • Children under 18: $165 AUD

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