Time is running out for those eligible for General Skilled Migration transitional arrangements. The arrangements enable eligible student visa holders (572, 573 and 574) and Subclass 485 applicants and visa holders on the 8 February 2010 to apply under the previous Points Test and Occupation Lists.
Holders of a 572, 573 or 574 visa on the 8 February 2010 have until the 31st Dec 2012 to apply for a Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa. This visa enables them to live and work for a further 18 months.
Applicants and holders of a Subclass 485 visa on the 8 February 2010 can apply for a Subclass 885 Permanent Residency Visa using the old Points Test and Occupation Lists. They must submit their valid visa application before the 31st December 2012.