485 Post-Higher Education Work (PHEW) stream (previously the Post-Study Work stream visa)

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Published: 28 June 2024
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It has been confirmed that from 1 July 2024, the following will apply:

 English levels:

  • Unless you hold a passport from Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, UK, or USA you must provide a suitable English test taken in the 12 months before applying

  • The required English level has increased slightly IELTS 6.5 overall and at least 5.5 in each component or other test equivalent.

  • Hong Kong or British National Overseas* passport holders can apply under the old rules of a 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5 in each of the 4 parts


  • You must be under 35 years of age, unless:

  • you hold a Hong Kong or British National Overseas* passport, or

  • you have completed a Doctorate (PhD) or Masters by Research, in which case you can be up to 50 years of age.

Eligible Study:

  • You must still meet the Australia study requirement.

  • You must complete a Bachelor degree or higher qualification, including Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters, or Doctorate

Validity Periods:

Depend on the level of qualification you completed, and the passport held.

  • Doctorate (PhD): 3 years

  • Masters by Research: 3 years

  • Masters by Course Work: 2 years

  • Bachelor degree: 2 years

  • Hong Kong and British National Overseas* passport holders: 5 years.

  Indian passport holders:

  • Bachelor degree (including honours) – up to 2 years

  • Bachelor degree (with first class honours in STEM, including ICT) – up to 3 years

  • Masters (coursework, extended and research) – up to 3 years

  • Doctorate (PhD) – up to 4 years.


  • You need a skills assessment
  • You will need to meet all other requirements

  • *British National Overseas passport is not a UK passport. If you hold a UK passport you must be under 35 years of age to apply

The changes are wordy and confusing. If you need help understanding, contact a registered migration agent for advice www.avie.com.au