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Major Changes in effect from 1 July 2023

(1) Changes to medical examinations effective from 1 July 2023
From 1 July 2023, urine tests will no longer form part of the medical examination. We will require a blood test to be undertaken instead. Applicants aged 15 years or older, who have not completed their medical examinations prior to 1 July 2023, will be required to undertake a blood test. We will no longer require children between the ages of 5 and 14 years old to undertake urine or blood tests unless clinically indicated.

Who needs health examinations?
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You and family members who apply for a visa with you might need to have health examinations to prove you meet the health requirement. You might need to have more health examinations if you come from a country where there are public health concerns such as polio or Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Read more:

(2) Temporary Graduate Visa (TR 485) update

please note that some of the requirements are changing. If you apply for a subclass 485 visa in the Graduate Work stream from 1 July 2023, you will need to show:

  • You have a qualification relevant to an occupation on the skilled occupation list, and

  • You have applied for a skills assessment in your nominated occupation on the skilled

Learn more about TR 485:

If you are contemplating between applying for a course or TR 485 (Graduate Visa); just wanted to give a heads up that you can apply for Temporary Graduate Visa (TR 485) only ONCE.

From July 2023, onwards, graduates from eligible courses can get

  • TR 485 for 5 years (Master courses)

  • TR 485 for 4 years (Bachelor courses)

  • TR 485 for 2 years (Diploma courses)

On top of this, you can also get additional up to 2 years of TR 485 depending on where you have studied.

From the 1st July 2023,

  • Non-eligible diploma graduates will no longer be eligible for the 485 graduate stream. (This was only an exemption for 2022-23 FY). We have had clients who studied 2 years in Australia in Diploma of Leadership and Management and received TR 485 grant for 2 years.

  • 2 years to 4 years for select Bachelor degrees; 3 years to 5 years for select Masters degrees; 5 years to 6 years for all doctoral qualifications

  • Additional 1-2 years of TR 485 for studying in regional area

  • Working hour cap will be 48 hours per fortnight for international students

Find eligible occupations for extended TR 485 period (In effect for applications granted after 1 July 2023):

(3) Work right changes for International students

  • International students can work 48 hours per fortnight

  • You can work full-time during your non-study period (Generally in Australia, 5 months in a year is non-study period)

  • If you are studying Masters, your partner can work full-time during your study period

  • If you are enrolled for Master of Research, you can work full-time

  • People working in Aged-care/PCA sector can work full time till December 2023.

(4Extended period of COVID visa

Temporary Graduate visa holders in Australia whose:

  • Visas expired or will expire between 1 September 2022 and 1 July 2023, OR,

  • Temporary Graduate visa holders who were in Australia throughout the pandemic period and are therefore not eligible for the TGV Replacement stream

  • You must be working in Australia or have an offer of employment. 

May be eligible for the COVID-19 Pandemic Event (subclass 408) visa with a 2-year stay period.

You must apply 90 days before your TGV expires, or 28 days after your TGV expires to be eligible for a Pandemic event visa. 

If you are granted a 408 Pandemic Event visa, you will not be eligible to then apply separately for an extended TGV.
Read more about COVID Visa here: https:/

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