Visa extensions available to certain temporary visa holders

Temporary graduate and skilled regional provisional visas holders impacted by COVID-19 related international travel restrictions in Australia between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 may be eligible for visa extensions to provide additional time in Australia.

That time will assist visa holders to complete periods of residence that may assist in pathways to further or permanent residence visas.

485 visa holders who
hold or held a 485 visa which expires prior to 1 October 2022were granted the 485 visa as a primary applicant whilst in Australiawere outside Australia on a day between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 and whose visa was in effect at that timehave not had their visa cancelledhave not been granted any other substantive visa between the date of 485 visa grant and 1 October 2022
and their family unit members who hold 485 visas, have had their visas extended to 30 September 2022.

Note that the extension provision applies to those whose 485 visa has already expired since 1 February 2020– as long as no further substantive visa has been granted in the interim.

This extension period will give time for the announced Replacement 485 visa to be introduced from mid-2022 to take effect.

Visa holders will be eligible to apply for the replacement 485 visa at that time.

489/491 / 494 visa holders who
were outside Australia on any day between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 hold or held a 489 / 491 / 494 visa at that timeheld the 491 / 494 visa on 18 February 2022

and their relevant visa holding members of their family unit, have had their visas extended by three years to bring the visa validity period to 8 years for 491 / 494 visa holders and 7 years for 489 visa holders.

If you would like to discuss if this is applicable to you, please book an appointment

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