LIVE, STUDY, AND WORK IN AUSTRALIA WITH A TEMPORARY GRADUATE VISA

International students can live, study, and work once they have finished their studies using a Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) Visa.

Eligibility for Temporary Graduate visa

To be eligible for the Subclass 485 visa, you must:

  • be aged less than 50 years
  • hold a visa deemed eligible
  • Have, in the past 6 months, held a student visa
  • is qualified recently in a course registered by CRICOS
  • nominate not more than one stream (you can’t change visa streams once you apply)
  • attach specified evidence at the time of filing the application

There are 3 types of Temporary Graduate Visa.

Graduate Work Stream

This visa is meant for international students who have graduated recently possessing qualifications and that has relevance to specific jobs in demand in Australia. It allows you to study, live, and work in Australia on a temporary basis.

Here are some noteworthy details about the stream.

  • Graduates who have felt the impact of travel restrictions due to COVID-19 can now apply for and be granted a Subclass 485 visa outside Australia. For this, they must have held or must be holding a Student visa in the past 12 months to file an application.
  • 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 allowed to bring your family along

With this visa, you can stay in Australia for up to 18 months. Hong Kong nationals may stay in Australia for 5 years.

The cost of getting this visa is AUD1,650. The processing time is from 9 to 13 months.

Post-Study Work Stream

Under this stream, the Subclass 485 visa aims at international students who have graduated recently from an Australian institution. With the visa, you can live, study, and work in Australia on a temporary basis.

  • Graduates who have felt the impact of travel restrictions due to COVID-19 can now apply for and be granted a Subclass 485 visa outside Australia. For this, they must have held or must be holding an Australia Student visa in the past 12 months to file an application.
  • You are allowed to work in Australia
  • You are allowed to bring your family along
  • You must have earned a degree recently doing a course registered by CRICOS

With this visa, you can stay in Australia for 2 to 4 years. This depends on the qualification you hold. Hong Kong nationals may stay in Australia for 5 years.

The cost of getting this visa is AUD1,650. The processing time is from 8 to 9 months.

Second Post-Study Work stream

This visa is meant for those who have held a Temporary Graduate Visa under the post-study work stream. These individuals will have graduated from an Australian institution situated in a regional location. With the visa, you can live, study, and work in Australia on a temporary basis.

Holders of Temporary Graduate visa under this stream can bring their family along to Australia.

With this visa, you can stay in Australia for 1 to 2 years. This depends on:

  • the regional location of the institution where you graduated from, leading to the granting of your first Temporary Graduate visa under this stream
  • the regional area where you have been a resident holding your first Temporary Graduate visa under this stream

Hong Kong nationals may stay in Australia for 5 years.

The cost of getting this visa is AUD650. The processing time is unavailable.

FAQ
What is a Temporary Graduate Visa?

The Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa is for overseas students who have graduated recently from an education institution in Australia. It permits you to work, study, and live in Australia upon completion of your studies. Students can access this Visa only once as a primary applicant.

When can I apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa?

You must lodge your Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa application within six months of completion of your course.

How much is Graduate Visa in Australia?

The application cost for the Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa for Australia begins from AUD 1,650.

How do you get a Graduate Visa for Australia?

The applicants of Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa for Australia must fulfil the below requirements:

  • You must be a student transitioning from Subclass 574/573/572/570/500 Visa in the last 6 months
  • You must possess an eligible Australia Visa during the processing time, for example, Bridging B, Bridging A, or a substantive Visa
  • You must possess adequate health cover for your Visa duration
  • You must have graduated successfully from a Doctorate/Masters degree that is registered on the CRICOS – Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Course for Overseas Students
  • Your qualification must either correspond to an occupation of the Work Stream SOL or be a higher education degree (Work Stream Post-study)
  • You must be below 50 years of age
  • You must fulfil the requirements for the English language
  • You must have enrolled in the approved course for minimum 92 weeks/2 academic years
  • The approved course must have English as a language of instruction and must be completed in not less than 16 calendar months
  • You must file the Visa application within 6 months of completion of your course
  • You must fulfil the character and health requirements outlined by the Immigration Department in Australia

•    It may also be required to take accreditation from the Industry body associated with your qualifications/skills

How do I apply for a Graduate Visa?

You can apply online with the required documents to the Department of Home Affairs in Australia. All the documents must be ready along with the Visa application fee for ensuring that your application is valid.

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