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Temporary Graduate Visa – Subclass 485

Temporary Graduate Visa – Subclass 485

The Temporary Graduate 485 visa is a key link between the Australian Student visa program and work in Australia.

For many students, gaining work experience in Australia is a critical step to securing future prosperity and work in their preferred industry and occupation. The 485 visa provides former Australian Student visa holders the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in Australia.

The visa has two separate streams, each with different requirements:

  1. The Graduate Work stream is available to international students who have completed relevant qualifications to enable them to fulfill the requirements for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List, or SOL. The visa is granted for up to 18 months.
  2. The Post-Study Work stream is available for international students who complete a qualification in a higher education field. The visa can be granted for between 2 and 4 years depending on the qualification obtained.

While the Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Visa is critical for many students seeking to gain local work experience, the visa has very specific requirements that must be met at the time of application. Failure to do so can result in visa refusal with no chance of success through appeal.

We have assisted many students to apply successfully for the Temporary Graduate visa. For further assistance with your 485 visa appication, please book a consultation with one of our immigration lawyers.

For the latest eligibility requirements for the Temporary Graduate visa, please visit the Department of Home Affairs web page.

Subclass 485 Visa FAQs

  1. What is the Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485)?

    • The Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485) is a temporary visa that allows international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution to live, study, and work in Australia temporarily.
  2. Who is eligible to apply for the Subclass 485 visa?

    • The basic eligibility for the Subclass 485 visa is you must:
      • be under 50 years of age;
      • hold an eligible visa; have held a student visa in the last 6 months;
      • have a recent qualification in a CRICOS-registered course;
      • nominate one stream only – it is not possible to change visa streams after you apply;
      • attach specified evidence when you apply
  3. How long is the Subclass 485 visa valid?

    • The validity period of the Subclass 485 visa depends on the stream you apply under. The Graduate Work stream is valid for up to 18 months, while the Post-Study Work stream can be valid for up to four years, depending on your qualifications.
  4. Can I include family members in my Subclass 485 visa application?

    • Yes, you can include certain family members, such as your partner and dependent children, in your Subclass 485 visa application. They must meet certain eligibility requirements and provide supporting documentation.
  5. Can I travel outside Australia while holding a Subclass 485 visa?

    • Yes, you can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the Subclass 485 visa is valid. However, your visa must have a valid travel facility, and you must ensure that you meet the visa’s conditions.
  6. Am I allowed to work on a Subclass 485 visa?

    • Yes, one of the primary benefits of the Subclass 485 visa is that it allows you to work in Australia. The Post-Study Work stream allows unrestricted work rights, while the Graduate Work stream may have limitations based on the occupation.
  7. Can I apply for permanent residency after holding a Subclass 485 visa?

    • Yes, holding a Subclass 485 visa can provide a pathway to permanent residency in Australia. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through various skilled migration or employer-sponsored visa pathways.

Content on this page is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. Australian immigration law is complex and its policies and visa eligibility criteria are changing regularly.

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