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Overcoming Challenges: Renewing Your Australian Visa 485 in the Time of COVID-19

In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of our daily lives have been transformed, including the process of renewing visas for those living, working, or studying abroad. For individuals in Australia on a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485), the pandemic has introduced a unique set of challenges and uncertainties.

We at V4U Global aim to guide you through the renewal process of your Visa 485 during these unprecedented times, ensuring you’re well-prepared and informed.

Understanding Visa 485

The Temporary Graduate Visa 485 allows international students who have recently graduated from an Australian institution to live, study, and work in Australia temporarily. There are two streams: the Graduate Work stream and the Post-Study Work stream, each with its own criteria and validity periods.

The Impact of COVID-19

The onset of COVID-19 has led to changes in visa regulations, application processes, and the Australian government’s approach to international students and graduates. Border closures, lockdowns, and the shift to online learning have affected eligibility, visa conditions, and the overall process of renewal.

V4U Global will help your Renewal

  • Stay Informed: The first step in overcoming the challenges of renewing your Visa 485 is to stay updated on the latest Australian immigration policies and COVID-19 regulations. The Department of Home Affairs website is your go-to resource for the most current information or visit us for a free visa guidance session every Wednesday.
  • Check Your Eligibility: Ensure you still meet the eligibility criteria for your visa stream. The pandemic may have affected your course duration, type of study, or work experience requirements. The Australian government has made temporary adjustments to some visa conditions in response to COVID-19, which may work in your favor. At V4U Global we ensure every individual has a thorough understanding of their eligibility & visa conditions.
  • Gather Necessary Documents: The documentation required for visa renewal can be extensive. Begin by compiling your Australian study requirement documents, evidence of your English language proficiency, and any relevant work experience. Due to COVID-19, you may also need to provide additional information, such as how the pandemic has impacted your studies or work situation. V4U Global compiles documents and verifies every step that you take.
  • Health and Character Requirements: Applicants must meet the health and character requirements set by the Australian government. With COVID-19, you may be required to undergo additional health checks or provide further evidence of your health status. Our excellent team can help you through this without any hassle.
  • Consider Professional Help: Given the complexities added by the pandemic, consulting with a registered migration agent can provide clarity and direction. They can offer personalized advice based on the latest immigration laws and help navigate the challenges of renewing your visa. V4U Global has over a decade of experience in Visa & Migration. Do visit us and see for yourself.

Submitting Your Application

Once you have prepared all necessary documents and checked your eligibility, it’s time to submit your application. The process is now mostly online, which is convenient but requires attention to detail. Ensure all information is accurate and all documents are correctly uploaded to avoid delays.

Navigating Processing Times

COVID-19 has impacted processing times for many visa categories, including the 485. Be prepared for delays and start your renewal process well in advance of your visa’s expiration date. The Department of Home Affairs provides estimated processing times, but these are subject to change.

Staying Legal

While your renewal is processed, it’s crucial to maintain your legal status in Australia. If your current visa is close to expiring, you may need to apply for a Bridging Visa A (BVA) to remain lawfully in the country. The BVA will come into effect once your current visa expires and remain valid until a decision is made on your 485 renewal.

Surpassing Work Limitations

One significant challenge for many 485 visa holders during the pandemic is the limitation on working hours. Recognizing the critical roles many temporary graduates play, especially in key sectors like health, aged care, and agriculture, the Australian government has temporarily relaxed these restrictions. Stay updated on these changes to understand how they may affect your right to work.

One Step Ahead

Renewing your Visa 485 in the time of COVID-19 requires patience, flexibility, and a proactive approach. The landscape of Australian immigration is evolving in response to the pandemic, with the government introducing measures to support international students and graduates.

The V4U promise!

The journey to renew your Visa 485 amid COVID-19 may seem daunting, but with the right preparation and mindset, it’s entirely manageable. By staying informed, ensuring you meet all requirements, and by planning ahead for potential delays, you can navigate this challenging time successfully.

Always remember, this is only a temporary phase. The right visa guidance and perseverance can make you live the Australian dream!


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