Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485

If you are an international student in Australia who have recently completed a course from an Australian Institute (at least 2 years of course) and wish to study further than you can apply for Visa 485. This visa intends to give you an extended stay in Australia post completion of your studies to work or study further. This improves your chance to be eligible for skilled or permanent resident visa.

Study visa 485 can be availed for minimum 18 months to maximum 4 years depending on an individual’s circumstances and eligibility. Further this Visa has two streams:

  • Post-study work stream (two to four years)
  • Graduate work stream (18 months)

What are 485 Visa Australia Conditions?

You could apply for Graduate Visa 485 if:

  • You are under 50 years of age
  • You must have an eligible visa
  • You have recently completed your education from a CRICOS-registered institute in Australia
  • Qualification must be relevant to a job on the list that is considered as skilled occupation or Graduate Work stream, or, must have obtained the Post-Study Work stream

What Subclass 485 Visa lets you do in Australia?

The Subclass 485 live, study and work for unlimited hours in Australia and comes with an attached travel facility for any number of times. This visa intends to let the international students gain work experience in Australia post studies for better permanent residence chances. With this Visa 485 one can stay in the country for a specific period of time:

  • One can stay for 18 months with this visa for the graduate work stream and;
  • For the Post-Study Work stream, one can stay for 2 to 4 years more if she/he has the visa.

Eligibility Criteria for 485 graduate visa

To be eligible to apply for this Temporary Graduate Visa 485 you must fulfill the following eligibility criteria’s:

  • You must have completed at least 2 years of education in Australia
  • You must fulfill character and health requirements
  • You must enroll in Australian Health Insurance policy
  • Any family member included in the application must also fulfill the health and character requirements


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485 Visa Check list (Graduate and Post study stream)

The 485 visa checklist contains the following documents-

  • Passport biodata page, birth certificate and passport size photograph
  • Marriage certificate or divorce certificate. Evidence of 12 months old relationship (in case of de facto relationships). Proof of adoption of a child, if any.
  • Adequate health insurance in Australia
  • Australian police check, not older than 12 months. Completion letter from the university and certified copies of transcripts

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485 Visa Processing time

The 485 visa processing time varies for different categories. In the Graduate Work Stream category, 75% of applications are processed in 4 months and 90% are processed in 5 months. 75% of applications are processed in 78 days and 90% applications in 4 months under the Post Study Work Stream category. Further details can be obtained from our migration consultants in Adelaide.

Subclass 485 Visa Checklist

The common essentials for both Graduate and Post Study Work Stream Visa categories in subclass 485 visa checklist are:

  • Demonstration of Proficiency in English through IELTS and PTE
  • Age less than 50 years
  • First student visa to Australia should be on or after November 5, 2011.
  • Evidence of successful assessment of skills as applicable under the nominated occupation
  • Post Study Work Stream: Minimum two years of study in Australia at bachelor’s level or higher. The student must possess a visa for a minimum of six months. Qualification must be closely related to the nominated occupation.

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Frequently asked questions for Temporary Graduate Visa
What is the cost and the visa processing time?
  • This visa costs AUD1,535.
  • For the Graduate Work stream, application process takes 4-5 months.
  • For the Post-Study Work stream, application process takes 85 days to 4 months days.
Do I need to find an employer to sponsor me for this visa?

Employer sponsorship is not required to obtain 485 visa. However, you are responsible for securing your own employment if you wish to work while in Australia on this visa.

Do I need Skill assessment for this visa?

In case you apply for the graduate work stream you have to get a positive skill assessment. There are 485 Visa skill assessments for IT professionals, teachers, engineers, nurses and tradesmen. We work along with you to ensure that you meet the requirements.

What is English language requirement?

The temporary graduate or the Subclass 485 Visa applicants need to sit for an English IELTS or equivalent test. In case you do an IELTS test, you can score an average of 6.0 with 5.0 in each band.

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