SECOND GRADUATE VISA 485 FROM REGIONAL INSTITUTIONS

FROM 2021 – SECOND GRADUATE VISA 485 FROM REGIONAL INSTITUTIONS

SECOND GRADUATE VISA 485 EXTR 2 YEARS

How to have the second Temporary Graduate Visa (TGV) visa 485?

The Department of Home Affairs has updated a new initiative for international students:

  • From 2021, Temporary Graduate visa (TGV) holders (post-study workstream)
  • who have graduated from a regional educational institution and
  • have lived in regional Australia on their first TGV will be eligible for a second TGV.

Please note that those eligible for a second TGV will be required to remain in a regional area for the duration of their new visa usually up to 2 years.

What is the eligibility for a Second Temporary Graduate visa (TGV)

Eligibility will include international students who studied at a regional campus of a metropolitan university.

  • International graduates who have studied and lived in Category 2 will be eligible for an additional year on a second Temporary Graduate visa
  • International graduates who have studied and lived in Category 3 will be eligible for an additional 2 years on a second Temporary Graduate visa.

Where is regional Australia – SECOND GRADUATE VISA 485?

Regional Australia for this purpose will be the same as the definition for skilled migration – all of Australia excluding Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

Note the changes : Perth and Gold Coast are classified as regional areas.

Eligible regional areas

The regional definition is comprised of the following 3 categories:

  • Category 1 – ‘Major Cities’ of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane do not receive any regional incentives
  • Category 2 – ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’ of Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart
  • Category 3 – ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’

Eligible regional Category 2

  • Category 2 – ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’ of Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart have access to the following regional incentives:
    • Priority processing of regional visas
    • Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists
    • International graduates with a bachelor or higher qualification from a regional campus of a registered institution will be eligible to access an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa​

Eligible regional Category 3

  • Category 3 – ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’ will also have access to the dedicated 11,200 regional places, priority processing of regional visas, and the Regional Occupations List. Additional incentives include:
    • International graduates with a bachelor or higher qualification from a regional campus of a registered institution will be eligible to access an additional 2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa.
    • Priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs)

Designated regional area postcodes –  SECOND GRADUATE VISA 485

  • Category 2 – ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’ of Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart
  • Category 3 – ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas (Include Designated regional area postcodes as per below table)
State or Territory Category Postcodes
New South Wales Cities and major regional centres 2259, 2264 to 2308, 2500 to 2526, 2528 to 2535 and 2574
Regional centres and other regional areas 2250 to 2258, 2260 to 2263, 2311 to 2490, 2527, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2753 to 2754, 2756 to 2758 and 2773 to 2898
Victoria Cities and major regional centres 3211 to 3232, 3235, 3240, 3328, 3330 to 3333, 3340 and 3342
Regional centres and other regional areas 3097 to 3099, 3139, 3233 to 3234, 3236 to 3239, 3241 to 3325, 3329, 3334, 3341, 3345 to 3424, 3430 to 3799, 3809 to 3909, 3912 to 3971 and 3978 to 3996
Queensland Cities and major regional centres 4207 to 4275, 4517 to 4519, 4550 to 4551, 4553 to 4562, 4564 to 4569 and 4571 to 4575
Regional centres and other regional areas 4124 to 4125, 4133, 4183 to 4184, 4280 to 4287, 4306 to 4498, 4507, 4552, 4563, 4570 and 4580 to 4895
Western Australia Cities and major regional centres 6000 to 6038, 6050 to 6083, 6090 to 6182, 6208 to 6211, 6214 and 6556 to 6558
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Western Australia not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category above
South Australia Cities and major regional centres 5000 to 5171, 5173 to 5174, 5231 to 5235, 5240 to 5252, 5351 and 5950 to 5960
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in South Australia not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category above
Tasmania Cities and major regional centres 7000, 7004 to 7026, 7030 to 7109, 7140 to 7151 and 7170 to 7177
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Tasmania not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category above
Australian Capital Territory Cities and major regional centres All postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory
Regional centres and other regional areas None
Northern Territory Cities and major regional centres None
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in the Northern Territory
Norfolk Island Cities and major regional centres None
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Norfolk Island
Other Territories Cities and major regional centres None
Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in a Territory other than the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory or Norfolk Island

The list of postcodes area is available able to apply for other visas

A list of postcodes that specify designated regional areas is available and applies to the following visas:

Regional visas:

Skilled visas:

Employer sponsored visas:

  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187/494) – the Temporary Residence Transition stream of the RSMS visa remains open to transitional 457 or Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) workers.
  • Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) – if the position is located in regional Australia, the nomination fee is waived.

Business investment visas

Note points test:

  • additional 5 points (from 10 -15) under the Skilled Migration Points Test if nominated to live and work in a designated regional Australia.
  • 5 points if study completed in a designated regional area and meets the Australian Study Requirement.