The COVID-19 replacement stream is intended to replace the Temporary Graduate visa. It is only available to Temporary Graduate visa holders who are restricted from travelling in Australia. This implies that persons who were unable to stay in Australia for the entire amount of time allowed by their previous Temporary Graduate visa can apply for a replacement visa that will allow them to stay for the same amount of time as the original visa.
Certain qualifying Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders will have their visas extended or enlivened until September 30, 2022, on February 18, 2022. The Department will contact visa holders who are eligible for an extension directly.