Changes to SC 485 Visa for Masters and PhD Graduates Effective 1 July 2024

Published on May 27, 2024


Starting from 1 July 2024, important changes are coming to the SC 485 visa in the Post-Higher Education Work stream (formerly the Post-Study Work stream). These changes will specifically impact Masters (research) and Doctoral degree (PhD) graduates.

Key Update: Changes to SC 485 Visa

The maximum age for Masters (research) and PhD graduates applying for the SC 485 visa will remain at 50 years. This decision follows representations made by the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) on behalf of its members, advocating for this age limit to be maintained.


The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that this age provision will continue beyond the 1 July 2024 changes. This means that eligible graduates can still apply for the SC 485 visa in the Post-Higher Education Work stream without worrying about the age limit lowering.

Further Information

You can find more detailed updates on the Department’s website under the “Changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa Program – Proposed 1 July 2024” section. This resource provides comprehensive information on all upcoming modifications to the Temporary Graduate visa program.

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sc 485 in the Post-Higher Education Work stream (former Post-Study Work stream) after 1 July 2024.


This update is a significant relief for many graduates, ensuring they can still pursue opportunities in Australia under the SC 485 visa without age being a barrier. The continued age limit of 50 for Masters (research) and PhD graduates reflects the Department’s responsiveness to advocacy efforts and the value of these graduates to Australia’s academic and professional landscape.

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To learn more about Changes to the Temporary Graduate visa program, please refer to the link: Changes to Temporary Graduate Visa Program – Effective 1 July 2024

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