Temporary Graduate Visa

Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) Visa

Temporary Graduate Visa is a work visa for international students who have completed their 2 years of study in Australia. This may last from 18 months to 4 years depending on your situation and circumstances.

It is a pathway to get eligible for a permanent or provisional skilled visa in Australia by extending your stay in Australia.

The primary applicant must-have has a valid student visa within the 6 months of file lodgment and should be in Australia when they make their application for 485.

There are two eligibility streams:

1. Post Study Work Stream:

This Visa subclass is a work visa lasting between 2 to 4 years. Studies at Bachelor, Masters or Doctorate level must be completed by students which take them 2 academic years.

This is an option that provides students the facility to extend their stay in Australia after their studies and also helps those who are willing to live in Australia as a permanent resident either through General Skill Migration or employer sponsorship.

The visa has full work rights, and furthermore full study rights. It permits you to head out openly to and from Australia during the legitimacy of the visa. It is currently taking 2-3 months to process for a complete application.

The duration of the visa depends on which studies have been completed as follows:

  1. Ph.D.: 4 Years

  2. Masters by Research: 3 Years

  3. Masters by Coursework or Bachelor Degree: 2 to 4 Years

Requirements for this Visa:

a. Australian Study Requirements

  • Only studies at the Bachelor, Masters or Doctorate level count towards the 2 years requirement

  • The studies must be registered on CRICOS (see http://cricos.deewr.gov.au), and the total registered study period according to CRICOS must be at least 92 weeks

  • If you have exemptions due to overseas studies, these may count against you when calculating the 92-weeks requirement

  • You can count more than one course, providing each course meets the above requirements and results in 2 academic years of study

  • You can have a break in between studies

b. English Language Requirements

You can show either one of the following:

  • Hold a passport from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or New Zealand; or

  • IELTS (Academic or General Training): overall average of 6 and at least 5 in each band; or

  • Occupational English Test (OET): B Pass in each band; or

  • Pearson (PTE Academic): overall average of 50 with at least 36 in each band; or

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): total score of 64, with at least 4 in Listening and Reading, and at least 14 in Writing and Speaking; or

  • Cambridge (CAE): 169 overall average with at least 154 in each band.

c. Health Insurance Requirements

You will need to show that you have adequate arrangements for health insurance when your 485 visasare granted. Whilst it is OK to have OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) at the time of application, you will need Working Visa cover for approval of your 485 visas.

d. Police Checks

You would generally need to do medicals for a grant of a 485 visa. If you’ve recently applied for a student visa extension, you may be able to re-use these medicals.

e. Time limits

You must apply for your 485 visas within 6 months of completion of your Australian studies. You must either hold a student visa when you apply or have held a student visa within the last 6 months. You must also make sure that you apply prior to the expiry of your student visa, or at least have applied for another visa and are on a bridging A or B visa when the 485 application is lodged

f. Bridging Visa

When you apply for your 485 visas, you would, in general, receive a Bridging A visa allowing you to remain in Australia during the processing of your 485 visa application.

The Bridging A visa has full work rights. If you held a substantive visa (eg student visa) when you apply for your 485, the work rights on the bridging visa will come into effect when the substantive visa expires.

The Bridging A visa may cease if you depart Australia. If you wish to travel whilst waiting for a decision on your 485 visas, you may wish to apply for a Bridging B visa to facilitate your travel.

2. The Graduate Work Stream:

This visa option is for those international students who completed their 2 or more academic years of study in Australia and want to get 18 months of visa.

You must nominate an occupation on the 189- 485- 489 Visa- Skilled Visa Occupation List | Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

a. Australian Study Requirements

  • You can count studies at the diploma level or higher, and also Certificate III courses in trade occupations. This would include diplomas, advanced diplomas, bachelor degrees, graduate diplomas, masters, and PhDs.

  • Your studies need to be “closely related” to your nominated occupation.

  • The studies must be registered on CRICOS (see http://cricos.deewr.gov.au), and the total registered study period according to CRICOS must be at least 92 weeks.

  • If you have exemptions due to overseas studies, these may count against you when calculating the 92-week requirement.

  • You can count more than one course, providing each course meets the above requirements and results in 2 academic years of study.

  • You can have a break in between studies and still meet the 2-year study requirement.

b. Skill Assessment Requirements

You can show either one of the following:

You will need to pass skills assessment in your nominated occupation – this will depend on the occupation and will generally be based on your qualifications, English language ability, and any registration requirements.

Many skills assessing authorities have lower requirements for 485 applicants – this includes the accounting bodies, VETASSESS, Trades Recognition Australia and the Australian Computer Society.

The skills assessment must be lodged prior to the 485 visa application, but need not be completed at lodgement. It is important to ensure that you are able to meet the skills assessment requirements for your occupation, otherwise, your visa application will be refused.

c. English Language Requirements

  • • Hold a passport from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or New Zealand; or

  • IELTS (Academic or General Training): overall average of 6 and at least 5 in each band; or

  • Occupational English Test (OET): B Pass in each band; or

  • Pearson (PTE Academic): overall average of 50 with at least 36 in each band; or

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): total score of 64, with at least 4 in Listening and Reading, and at least 14 in Writing and Speaking; or

  • Cambridge (CAE): 169 overall average with at least 154 in each band.

d. Police Checks

You would generally need to do medicals for a grant of a 485 visa. If you’ve recently applied for a student visa extension, you may be able to re-use these medicals.

e. Time limits

You must apply for your 485 visas within 6 months of completion of your Australian studies. You must either hold a student visa when you apply or have held a student visa within the last 6 months. You must also make sure that you apply prior to the expiry of your student visa, or at least have applied for another visa and are on a bridging A or B visa when the 485 application is lodged

f. Bridging Visa

When you apply for your 485 visas, you would, in general, receive a Bridging A visa allowing you to remain in Australia during the processing of your 485 visa application.

The Bridging A visa has full work rights. If you held a substantive visa (eg student visa) when you apply for your 485, the work rights on the bridging visa will come into effect when the substantive visa expires.

The Bridging A visa may cease if you depart Australia. If you wish to travel whilst waiting for a decision on your 485 visas, you may wish to apply for a Bridging B visa to facilitate your travel.