QUALIFICATIONS-(Clause 485.231)-IMMI 13/013
Key Words: 485
Date: 19/03/2013


  1. This Instrument is made under clause 485.231 of the Migration Regulations 1994 (‘the Regulations’).


  1. Subclause 485.231(1) of the Regulations provides that applicants satisfying criteria for the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa must hold a qualification of a kind specified by the Minister in an instrument in writing.


  1. The purpose of the Instrument is to enhance the quality, integrity and competitiveness of Australia’s international education sector by introducing new post-study work arrangements for applicants conferred or awarded a specified degree.


  1. The instrument operates to specify that the new post-study work arrangements will apply to graduates of a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Degree with Honours, Masters by Coursework, Masters by Research, Masters (Extended) or Doctoral degree.  All subclass 485 visa applicants must meet the Australian study requirement in the six months immediately prior to making their visa application and have obtained their qualification at an eligible educational institution.  Legislative Instrument IMMI 13/031 specifies the relevant eligible educational institutions.
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