The Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa is work visa for international students who have completed 2 years of study in Australia. It can last from between 18 months and 4 years depending on your situation.
It is a good way to extend your stay in Australia to improve your chances of becoming eligible for a permanent or provisional skilled visa.
The primary applicant must be in Australia when they make their application for a 485 visa, and must have held an eligible student visa within the 6 month period prior to lodgement.
Latest 485 visa changes and updates:
- List of occupations and qualifications eligible for post-study work rights extension
- Extended Work Rights for Select Occupations and Qualifications
- Extra 1 or 2-year visa for international graduates from regional institutions
- 485 Visa – Secondary applicants not excluded
- 485 Visa Processing Time
- 485 visa
25 November 2023 update and 485 visas
Applications lodged from 25 November 2023 student visa holders who undertook online study offshore due to COVID-19 travel restrictions are no longer able to use this study to meet the Australian Study Requirement (ASR).
Previously Subclass 485 visa applicants who were studying offshore whilst holding an Australian visa that authorised them to study and were not permitted to travel due to COVID-19 pandemic, were able to use the offshore online study towards meeting the ASR.
From 25 November 2023, the subclass 485 can now be granted no matter the location of the applicant at the time of grant.
|Two Eligibility Streams for the Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Visa:||Post Study Work Stream (PSWS): This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with a degree (at least Bachelor or above) from an Australian institution. It lets you live, work and study in Australia, temporarily.
|The Graduate Work Stream: This visa is for international students who have recently graduated (at least Diploma) with skills and qualifications that are relevant to specific occupations in Australia needs. It lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily.|
|There are a number of criteria which are common to both the PSWV (Post Study Work) stream and the Graduate Work Stream:
|INCLUDING FAMILY MEMBERS
|You can include the following types of family members in your application:
If you already hold a 485 visa, you can apply for family members to join you in Australia on 485 visas.
|DURATION AND CONDITIONS
|Duration of the 485 visa will depend on your circumstances. Gradate Work stream visas are valid for 18 months from the date of grant of the application.
Whilst on a 485 visa, you have unrestricted work rights in Australia.
You must maintain private health insurance whilst on a skilled graduate visa. A list of the major providers is at 485 Visa Insurance page.
|ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS FOR 485 VISAS
|The new English requirements for both the Post Study Work Stream and Graduate Work Stream are as follows:
This represents a significant lowering of the English language requirement and will be a great relief to applicants who have struggled to meet the minimum score required in each band.
|A couple of Important Points to note:
Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)-DoHA Fees
|Additional applicant Charge||$950|
|Additional applicant Charge -18||$475|
Standard VisaEnvoy professional fees for 485 visas (case by case for complex cases):
- 485 visa (Post Study Work Stream): Starting from $900 + GST (additional $400 for each dependent)
- 485 (Graduate Work Stream- includes skills assessment): Starting from $1400 + GST (additional $400 for each dependent) and includes the skills assessment process.
- 485 Subsequent Entrant: VisaEnvoy fee is $1,600 (plus $150 GST) and Visa Application Charge (VAC) is $1,895.
- We offer a complimentary migration pathway consultation to our 485 visa clients (valued at $150)
From 1 July 2022, applicants for a 485 visa will no longer require a skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority.
They will instead be able to apply directly to Department of Home Affairs for the visa itself.
As a result of this, many skills assessing authorities will not accept new skills assessment applications for candidates applying for this visa from 10 June 2022.
1 June 2022 Changes to 485 Graduate Work Stream visa
Department of Home Affairs have temporarily removed the requirements for applicants for a Subclass 485 visa in the Graduate Work Stream to nominate an eligible skilled occupation and to obtain a skills assessment for applications made between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023 inclusive.
This brings in the Graduate Work Stream in line with the Post Study Work Stream in this respects.
These amendments would encourage a broader range of graduates with degree, diploma and trade qualifications that satisfy the Australian study requirement but are not currently eligible for the Subclass 485 visa in the Graduate Work stream as their related occupations are not included in the current list of specified eligible occupations, to live and work in Australia for a further temporary period.
September 2022 update:
The Australian Government will increase the duration of post study work rights of international students to strengthen the pipeline of skilled labour.
Post study work rights for select degrees in areas of verified skill shortages will be increased from:
- Two years to four years for select Bachelor’s degrees
- Three years to five years for select Masters degrees
- Four years to six years for select PhDs.
A working group will be established to advise the Ministers for Home Affairs and Education on the development of this and other relevant issues. The group will report to Ministers by 28 October 2022.
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