Facts about additional year of TR Visa (Subclass 485)

With an intention to encourage international students to study, live and work in regional Australia, the government has made an announcement that people who are already a part of Regional Australia, will be entitled to an additional period of Post Study Work visa.

International students who have a recent degree with 2 academic year’s in a CRICOS registered course, i.e. 92 weeks that contributes towards 1 or more degrees are generally entitled with 2 years of Post Study Work Visa (Subclass 485), after meeting few mandatory conditions. This visa lets a recent graduate to stay, work and study in Australia for 2 years with only Condition:  8501- Maintain adequate health insurance.

However, according to the newly introduced rule effective from January 20th, 2021, people contributing to regional Australia will be benefited with additional 1 to 2 years of Post Study Work visa depending on whether they are living in Category 2 or Category 3 regional areas respectively.

One year or Two Years ???
  • People who graduated from Category 2 Regional Areas and continued living in at least Category 2 regional areas will be eligible to apply for 1 more year of their TR visa.
  • People who graduated from Category 3 Regional Areas and continued living in Category 3 Regional Areas of the country will be eligible to apply for additional 2 years of their TR visa.

 

Post codes and areas in Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3:

State or Territory

Category 1

Or

Major Cities

Category 2

Or

Cities and major regional centres

Category 3

Or

Regional centres and other regional areas

NSW
Sydney 2259,

2264 to 2308,

2500 to 2526,

2528 to 2535

and 2574

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
Melbourne 3211 to 3232, 3235, 3240, 3328, 3330 to 3333, 3340 and 3342

 

 

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
Brisbane 4207 to 4275,

4517 to 4519,

4550 to 4551,

4553 to 4562,

4564 to 4569

And 4571 to 4575

 

4124 to 4125, 4133,

4183 to 4184,

4280 to 4287,

4306 to 4498, 4507, 4552, 4563, 4570

and 4580 to 4895

Western Australia
6000 to 6038,

6050 to 6083,

6090 to 6182,

6208 to 6211,

6214

and 6556 to 6558

 

All postcodes in Western Australia not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category above
South Australia
5000 to 5171,

5173 to 5174,

5231 to 5235,

5240 to 5252,

5351

And 5950 to 5960

 

All postcodes in South Australia not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category above
Tasmania
7000,

7004 to 7026,

7030 to 7109,

7140 to 7151

And

7170 to 7177

 

All postcodes in Tasmania not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category.
ACT
All postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory None
Northern Territory
None All postcodes in the Northern Territory
Norfolk Island
None All postcodes in the Norfolk Island
Other Territories
None All postcodes in a Territory other than the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory or Norfolk Island
For detail information about the regions:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list/regional-postcodes?fbclid=IwAR0HfI2n3GLEYIAL1DGrJCZgk3KPjOHPRNyCVsnP-Lzqoax2tkumzlM1d6w

Additional condition to apply for additional year of PSW:
  • Should have studied and lived in designated regional area for at least 2 years immediately before applying the visa.
  • The applicant and the dependent family members should stay and work in Designated Regional Area.
Who cannot apply for additional period of Temporary Graduate Visa ???

People who are in Graduate Work Stream Visa (Subclass 485) are excluded from this amendment.

Graduate Work Stream Visa: This visa is valid for 18 months. This visa is granted to an international student who has completed 2 academic years or more in Australia. Furthermore, before applying for this visa, you have to have a skilled assessment in an occupation that is closely related to your degree, and the occupation is included as a Medium and Long-term strategic skills list (MLTSSL) of the country.

                                                                           Canberra is included as Category 2 Regional Area

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