All you need to know about and updates on Subclass 485 visa

Australian Subclass 485 visa – info & update

If you want to work in Australia after completing your studies, a Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485) will be required. The visa comes in 3 forms of streams namely:

  • Post-Study Work Stream
  • Second Post-Study Work Stream
  • Graduate Work Stream

Graduate Work Stream

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated from Australia. These are students who have acquired skills and qualifications that are relevant to specific, in-demand occupations in Australia. This stream of the visa allows students to live, study, and work on a temporary basis in Australia.

Here are some details of this stream of the Temporary Graduate visa:

  • You can apply for the Temporary Graduate visa from outside Australia as travel restrictions are imposed due to COVID-19. For this, they will need to hold or have held a Student visa in the 12 months before applying for the current visa.
  • You are allowed to work in Australia.
  • You must have a qualification that’s relevant to a job on the skilled occupation list.
  • You are permitted to bring your family along with you to Australia.

Post-Study Work Stream

This visa is applicable to international students who have graduated recently from an Australian educational institution. With this visa, you can live, study, and work temporarily in Australia.

Here are some details of this stream of the Temporary Graduate visa:

  • You can apply for the Temporary Graduate visa from outside Australia as travel restrictions are imposed due to COVID-19. For this, they will need to hold or have held a Student visa in the 12 months before applying for the current visa.
  • You are allowed to work in Australia.
  • You are permitted to bring your family along with you to Australia.
  • You must have a recent degree earned via a CRICOS-registered course in Australia.

Second Post-Study Work Stream

International students who are holding a Temporary Graduate in the post-study work stream for the first time after graduating from an Australian educational institution that’s situated in a regional area. With this visa, you can live, study, and work in Australia on a temporary basis.

  • You are allowed to work in Australia.
  • You are permitted to bring your family along with you to Australia.

Latest update on the Temporary Graduate visa

Australia’s federal government has relaxed the visa criteria and application requirements for international students. Now, international students could stay longer than before in Australia. This will allow them to gain more work experience and explore a pathway to Australian PR.

Holders of the Temporary Graduate visa can apply for their second visa in the same stream in case they have lived in regional Australia for a minimum of 2 years prior to applying for the second visa.

The application and grant criteria for foreign students stuck overseas owing to the COVID-19 pandemic have also been relaxed by the government. Such foreign students can now apply for Subclass 485 visa from their offshore location. These students could be applying under any stream mentioned above.

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