Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) Visa

The subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) visa allows international students who have completed their studies in Australia to live and work in Australia on a temporary basis.

The temporary graduate visa program comprises a single visa (Subclass 485) where applicants may qualify under two streams:

  • post study work stream, and
  • graduate work stream.

Post Study Work Stream

The Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) visa under the Post Study Work Stream visa is for international students who graduate with an eligible qualification.

A visa granted in the Post Study Work stream is valid for up to four years, depending on the level of the eligible Australian qualification(s). The duration of your visa will depend upon the level of the Australian qualification(s) that you used to obtain your visa, as follows:

  • bachelor’s degree (with or without honours); master’s degree by coursework; or master’s extended degree: visa is valid for two years.
  • master’s degree by research: visa is valid for three years.
  • doctorate: visa is valid for four years.

Initial Student Visa

You must have applied for (and been granted) your first Australian Student visa on or after 5 November 2011.

Skills & Qualifications

You must during the previous 6 months have completed one or more of the following qualifications at an educational institution in Australia, following at least two years of study:

  • bachelor’s degree (with or without honours)
  • master’s degree (by coursework or research)
  • master’s extended degree
  • doctorate

You must also:

  • be under 50 years of age.
  • have the required level of English proficiency.
  • have made adequate arrangements for health insurance during your stay in Australia.
  • meet health and character requirements.

Graduate Work Stream

The Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate (Graduate Work Stream) visa is for international students who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an eligible occupation.

Skills & Qualifications

At the time that you lodge your Subclass 485 visa application, you must:

  • nominate an occupation that is included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
  • have applied to have your skills assessed by the appropriate Australian skills assessing authority as suitable for your nominated occupation. Your skills must be assessed as relevant to your nominated occupation in order for your visa application to be successful.
  • in the last 6 months have completed one or more qualifications that are closely related to your nominated occupation, following at least 2 years of study in Australia.
  • be under 50 years of age.
  • have the required level of English proficiency.
  • have made adequate arrangements for health insurance during your stay in Australia.

Application Process

Step 1: Initial Eligibility Assessment

The first step that we will take is to conduct an initial assessment of your eligibility for this visa. Your initial eligibility assessment involves the following –

  • your qualifications and work experience are assessed to determine which MLTSSL occupation(s) you may be eligible to nominate.
  • your eligibility for a skills assessment (see below) is assessed with reference to relevant assessing authority criteria.
  • your ability to meet the points test threshold is determined.
  • your immigration status is checked on VEVO (onshore clients only).
  • review of your English language and other circumstances, to establish whether or not you are likely to meet the relevant requirements.
  • risks associated with your application are identified by your registered migration agent.
  • visa eligibility is confirmed in compliance with the MARA Code of Professional Conduct.
  • eligible applicants receive advice on the cost, procedure, estimated timeframes, and any other relevant matter.

Step 2: Skills Assessment [Graduate work stream only]

Skills assessments are issued by relevant authorities who determine whether your skills meet the standards they set to work in a relevant occupation.

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