Navigating the Revised Temporary Graduate Visa Program: What You Need to Know

In a recent announcement outlining its Migration Strategy, the Australian Government unveiled significant adjustments to the Temporary Graduate Visa programs, set to come into effect from July 1, 2024. These modifications aim to streamline the visa process while aligning it more closely with the nation’s evolving economic and educational landscapes. Below, we elucidate the key changes and their implications:

Post-Vocational Education Work Stream

One of the prominent alterations pertains to the Post-Vocational Education Work Stream. The maximum age limit for eligibility will be reduced to 35 years or under, signaling a shift towards attracting younger, skilled professionals. However, individuals holding passports from Hong Kong or British National Overseas will remain eligible up to the age of 50.

Furthermore, applicants must now possess an associate degree, diploma, or trade qualification directly relevant to occupations listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Notably, individuals with qualifications at the degree level or higher will no longer qualify under this stream. Despite these adjustments, the duration of stay remains unchanged at a maximum of 18 months, except for eligible passport holders from Hong Kong or British National Overseas, who may extend their stay up to 5 years.

Post-Higher Education Stream

Similar adjustments are underway for the Post-Higher Education Work Stream. The maximum age limit for applicants will also be capped at 35 years, with exceptions for Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders, who can apply up to the age of 50.

Moreover, the ‘select degree’ two-year extension will be discontinued. Instead, stay periods will be tailored to the level of qualification attained:
– Bachelor degree (including honours): Up to 2 years
– Masters (coursework and extended): Up to 2 years
– Masters (research) and doctoral degree (PhD): Up to 3 years

Once again, individuals from Hong Kong or British National Overseas may be permitted to extend their stay for up to 5 years, providing added flexibility.

Indian National

For Indian nationals, the Australian Indian – Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA) outlines specific stay periods, which largely mirror those mentioned above. However, certain qualifications, such as bachelor degrees with first-class honours in STEM fields, offer extended stay options to eligible Indian applicants.

Second Post-Higher Education Work Stream
The Second Post-Study Work Stream will be re-branded as the Second Post-Higher Education Work Stream, with no substantial changes anticipated.

Replacement Stream

Conversely, the Replacement Stream will be discontinued under the revised program.

Navigating the nuances of these changes can be complex, and at This is Australia, we recognize the potential challenges applicants may face. Our team of qualified migration agents is poised to offer professional guidance and support throughout the visa application process. For more information and assistance tailored to your individual circumstances, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In essence, the amendments to the Temporary Graduate Visa programs reflect a concerted effort by the Australian Government to refine its immigration policies, fostering a skilled workforce while accommodating the diverse needs of international students and professionals alike.