Temporary Graduate Visa – Subclass 485

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    Graduate Visa Subclass 485

    Australian visa for graduate students: Start your career here. You are studying in Australia and you’d like to stay and work here. The Skilled Graduate visa subclass 485 is a temporary work visa for you to live and work in Australia upon completion of your course.

    How This Visa Works

    There are two streams for the Temporary Graduate visa:

    • Graduate Work stream which is valid for 18 months.
    • Post-study Work stream which is valid for either two or four years, depending on the qualification completed.
    • Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years.

    There are no restrictions on work or study. With a subclass 485 visa you’ll be able to:

    • Work.
    • Complete a professional year to be able to score additional points in a skilled application.
    • Study to improve your English skills.
    • Travel in and out of Australia.


    Who Is Eligible For This Visa?

    From 19 September 2020, a number of concessions, including 482 applicants, will be available for certain visa holders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    General Requirements:

    • You must be younger than 50 years of age at the time you apply for this visa
    • You must hold an eligible visa at the time you apply for this visa, e.g. student visa
    • You must have met the two-year Australian study requirement in the past six months; this is two academic years with at least a total of 92 weeks being the duration of one or more courses.
    • You must provide evidence that you have at least competent English, which is an IELTS (or equivalent) test result with at least 6 in each band.
    • You must have acceptable health insurance in Australia and meet Australian health and character requirements.


    Specific Requirements for Graduate Work Stream

    Only valid for 18 months

    • Each degree, diploma or trade qualification used to meet the Australian study requirement is closely related to your nominated skilled occupation.
    • You must provide evidence that your nominated occupation is on the Skilled Occupation Lists (SOL) and that your skills have been assessed by a relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated skilled occupation (‘suitable skills assessment’).


    Specific Requirements for Post-study Work Stream

    A two-year visa can be granted for a Bachelor or Master’s degree and a four-year visa for a PhD degree.

    • Your first student visa to Australia was lodged on or after 5 November 2011.
    • You must have completed one or more of the following qualifications in Australia: – Bachelor degree – Bachelor with Honours – Masters by coursework – Masters (extended) – Masters by research – Doctorate –- e.g. PhD
    • Study resulting in a diploma level qualification or trade qualification will not be considered.
    • You hold an eligible qualification, which was conferred or awarded by an Australian university or non-university education provider that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Courses and Institutions for Overseas Students (CRICOS), and that provider offers courses at degree level and above.
    • Degree- level courses packaged with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma course may be considered, provided they otherwise meet the Australian study requirement.

    What Does This Visa Let You Do?

    A 485 visa holder may be able to apply for further stay in Australia, via Employer Sponsorship, Skilled Migration or a Partner visa program.

    Study visas are complex. Please contact our team of experienced registered migration experts for immediate advice and assistance.

    Subclass 485 Frequently Asked Questions

    Client Story

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    Ranjeet Kumar, a young man from India, studied and completed Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery and Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management at one Sydney’s hospitality management institutes in June 2020. His course took him 2 years and 3 months to complete. He approached us to help with his 485 Graduate Visa application.

    AustraliaMigrate advised him that a skill assessment as a chef with TRA was required.  As he had not completed a degree level qualification he could not apply for the Post Study Work Stream. Fortunately, his occupation of chef was on the 485 list of occupations.

    We assisted Ranjeet to apply for his Skills Assessment with TRA and he received a successful outcome. With a positive skill assessment, Ranjeet’s 485 application was lodged together with the other documents required at the lodgement stage, such as an English language test (IELTS or PTE). His visa was granted for 18 months which means he has time to build his work experience as a chef.

    Why AustraliaMigrate?

    “AustraliaMigrate Pty Ltd has been helping people around the world successfully apply for Australian visas for over 20 years.
    Our professional specialists are highly experienced in the migration environment.”

    We guide individuals and businesses through the complex migration process to Australia. With long years of industry experience, our immigration specialists have built a reputation of providing accessible, accurate and genuine advice to our esteemed clients.

    Our specialists assist in preparing and reviewing your documents and forms before submitting for successful approval. We strive to make the whole immigration process hassle-free for you.

    We have a very high success rate of visa approval and a solid reputation resulting in a large amount of repeat business. We provide immigration services to individuals, families and companies, whether they are small or public companies and in any industry.

    Immigration is the only thing we do so we are highly specialized in it.

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    What our clients have to say about us


    Thank you Ian. Fabulous news. Thanks to you and your team’s effort and work. Great service.


    Thank you SO so much for all of your patience and work on this. Still hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m actually free! Once again, massive thanks to both you and Mariola!!


    Thanks so much for this excellent news. I’m impressed how fast and smooth it all went, which is a result of excellence in services. Thanks so much for all the attention.

    M. MOBIN

    Thank you Ian ,I highly appreciate your kind efforts. Its a big day for me and my family and you make it possible. May you live long with health, wealth and peace.

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