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Why the Government is asking students to apply for a sc 600 visa instead of a sc 485 visa

Category: Student Visa

Question asked

I would like to know if I still can apply for visa 485. It seems that government asked the student to apply for 600 visa if they finished their studies. Does this mean that we are not supposed to apply for 485 visa anymore?

Answer provided by Migration Agent

Hi M,

You can still apply for the 485 visa if you meet criteria.

The 600 visa is a tourist visa and it is for those that are currently in Australia (on say a tourist visa already or some other visa) and they can't depart Australian due to COVID19 restrictions. If they have no other options then they can apply for the 600 to remain lawful until such time as they can depart.

In your case, if you are eligible to apply for the 485 then you can do this and this is a better option.

Hope this answers your question.

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