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What is this new 485 post-study work stream visa update?


As per the latest update, the Australian government grant two years of extension of post-study work visa rights. The change will be implemented from this year 1st July 2023.

In addition, the government also gifted international students by increasing their working hours cap from 40 hours to 48 hours per fortnight.

Who can apply?

As an international student If you’d like to live in Australia following the conclusion study for a longer period (up to 4 years) and you are a student, this visa is the right visa for you. The good news is that this visa gives you to complete your requirements for study and work as well as the ability to travel within and out of Australia for as long as the visa is in good standing.

You should know

  • Your field of specialisation will not be a determining factor as this post-study work visa doesn’t have an occupations list. But ensure you are studying at the right levels
  • You should have a degree from a CRICOS-registered course
  • Skills assessment isn’t requisite to apply for this visa
  • You need to fulfil the English language proficiency requirements

About the Two Years Extension of Post Study Work visa

Certain conditions must be fulfilled by international students to be eligible for the extension. Such as,

Those international students who have obtained their degrees which are falling in the verified skill shortage list will be only selected by Australian Immigration. 

This extension will add two more year to Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) and will be granted to only by graduates from international universities.

A crucial point to note is that the specific extension will add two to one year in the current work rights. Students will however only be eligible to apply if they reside and work in areas that are regional.

The list of jobs that are in high demand, and students with similar qualifications are the only ones qualified for the extension.

About Working Hours Increment

  • The Australian government has taken a number of remarkable actions during the Wuhan COVID-19 epidemic. The government allowed students from abroad to be full-time workers even while they were completing their studies to aid in the labour shortage.
  • The government has once again declared the same capping benefit to students. The new rule on capping will take effect from January 1, 2023. Furthermore, the duration will be increased from the prior threshold which was set at 40 hours per week, to the current 48-hour fortnight.
  • The news will assist hundreds of students in their study. However, the main goal will remain the same that is learning first, and then earning.


The continues positive updates from the Australian government and Australian immigration not only bring a smile to thousands of aspirants who are looking to Study in Australia or Migrate to Australia permanently but also bring a sense of satisfaction among them. These changes are raising hopes again which fell during the Wuhan virus pandemic situation.

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