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Changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa Program Proposed July 1, 2024: Simplified Guide

If you're considering Australia as your next destination after graduation, it's worth noting some significant changes with the Temporary Graduate visa program. The Australian Government is implementing these changes, scheduled to take effect from July 1st, 2024. But don't worry, we're here to guide you through these changes.



Match Your Qualification to Your Stream


Post- Post Higher Education Work

(formerly known as Post Study Work Stream)Po

 

The maximum eligible age for applicants will be reduced to 35 years at the time of application, except for Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders, who remain eligible if under 50.

 

 

 The select degree 2-year extension will NO longer be available.

 

Applicants no longer eligible due to age reduction may explore other visa options.

 

Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders may stay for up to 5 years.

 

 

Stay periods:

·         Bachelor's degree (including honors): Up to 2 years

·         Masters (coursework and extended): Up to 2 years

·         Masters (Research) and doctoral degree (PhD): Up to 3 years

 

Stay periods for Indian nationals remain as agreed in the Australia-India – Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA):

 

·         Bachelor's degree (including honors): Up to 2 years

·         Bachelor's degree (with first-class honors in STEM, including ICT): Up to 3 years

·         Masters (coursework, extended and research): Up to 3 years

Doctoral degrees (PhD): Up to 4 years

  Post- Post Vocational Education Work

    (formerly known as Graduate Work Stream)


The maximum eligible age for applicants will reduced to 35 years at the time of application, except for Hongkong and British Nationals Overseas passport holders, who remain eligible if under 50.

Applicants no longer eligible due to age reduction may explore other visa options.

Stay duration is up to 18 months for most applicants while Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders may stay for up to 5 years.

If you were counting on securing that two-year extension under the "Post-Higher Education Work" stream, unfortunately, it's being discontinued. For our friends from India, the duration of stay remains unchanged as outlined in the Australia-India – Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA). So, there's no need to worry on that front!


The "Second Post-Study Work" stream is now known as the "Second Post-Higher Education Work" stream. Besides that, everything else remains pretty much unchanged. The Replacement stream will no longer be available.


Overall, the adjustments aim to streamline the Temporary Graduate visa program, making it simpler for you to navigate. So, if you're envisioning an adventure in Australia after completing your studies, just keep these updates in mind.


Best of luck with your future endeavors!

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