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Continue your stay in Australia with a Temporary Graduate visa – Subclass 485

Temporary Graduate visaSubclass 485 visa is the ultimate option for international students who want to continue to work or study in Australia. Australia is known as a peaceful and beautiful country with high quality education, well paid – jobs with many opportunities for students after they graduate to develop their career and future.

Therefore, a Subclass 485 visa is the next option for graduate students. The question is what makes you qualify for this graduate visa?

 

 

What is a Temporary Graduate visa – Subclass 485

A Subclass 485 visa is a temporary visa for international students who recently graduated a 2-year course in Australia.

A Subclass 485 visa lets you stay live, study and work in Australia temporarily from 18 months to 4 years. Applicants may have time to prepare for the application for a Skilled visa.

 

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What is a Temporary Graduate visa – Subclass 485?

 

How many types of Temporary Graduate visa – Subclass 485 are there?

There are 2 options when it comes to applying for a Subclass 485 visa.

The Graduate Work Stream

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that are relevant to specific occupations Australia needs. It allows you to stay in Australia for another 18 months.

The Post-study Work Stream

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with a degree from an Australian institution. Applicants must hold a degree in a CRICROS-registered course.

 

Moreover, applicants may apply for the second stage which is the Second Post-study Work Stream to stay in Australia longer.

 

To know the differences between the two options, contact VEM now for professional advice from our registered consultant (MARN: 1577877).

The benefits of a Subclass 485 visa

 

Residence benefits

With a Graduate Work Stream: 18 months.

With a Post-study Work Stream: 2-4 years.

    • Bachelor degree (including honours): 2 years
    • Masters by coursework: 2 years
    • Masters by research: 3 years
    • Doctoral degree: 4 years
Free entries benefits Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want before the expired date of your visa.
Working and studying benefits Work or study in Australia during your stay.
Sponsor family members benefits You can sponsor another eligible family member to Australia.

 

Applicants may find it hard to apply for a job in Australia with a Subclass 485 visa. According to many business recruiters, training for an employee who can only work from 18 months to 4 years would be a waste of time. That’s why they have a tendency of hiring a Australian permanent residents.

 

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Benefits of a Temporary Graduate visa

 

Therefore, if you’re currently holding a Subclass 485 visa, contact VEM now. Mr. Phong Cao (CEO of VEM) who has more than 10 years of experience in Australian migration. He’s capable of giving you the most suitable advice and tips for your specific case.

The requirements of a Subclass 485 visa

 

Graduate Work Stream Post-study Work Stream
Age requirements Under 50 years of age.
Qualifications Must graduate a 2-year course in Australia.

Skills and qualifications must be relevant to specific occupations Australia needs.

Must hold a degree in a CRICROS-registered course.

Must hold a Bachelor (honours) degree, Masters by coursework degree, Masters (extended) degree, Masters by research degree, or a Doctoral degree.

Skill assessment Compulsory Not compulsory
Study course / Job Your course or job must be included in the (MLTSSL – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List).
Visa Must hold a Student visa – Subclass 500 six months before lodgement.

Bridging visa A or B.

English language requirements Meet the requirements of the Australian Government. Details will be listed in the following section.
Health insurance requirements Have health insurance at the time you submit your visa.
Health and character requirements Must meet the health and character requirements of the Australian Government.

 

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How to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa?

 

There are 5 types of English certificates approved by the Australian Government. Specifically,

 

Graduate Work Stream Post-study Work Stream
IELTS At least score 6.0 in overall.

At least score 5.0 in each of 4 parts.

Overall band score must be at least 6.0

At least score 4.0 in each of 4 parts.

TOEFL iBT At least score 64 in total.

Listening: 4

Reading: 4

Writing: 14

Speaking: 14

PTE Academic At least score 50 in total.

Each skill must be at least 36.

OET At least score B in each of 4 parts.
Cambridge C1 Advanced test At least score 169 in total.

At least score 154 in each of 4 parts.

 

The Australian Government has loosened the requirements of a Subclass 485 visa

Due to COVID-19, the international borders of Australia still remain closed. This has greatly affected the studying process of several Subclass 485 visa holders.

Therefore, to support many international students the Australian Government has brought out some new changes. Specifically,

  • Provide online courses for the current and upcoming Subclass 485 visa holders.
  • The applicants can apply for a Subclass 485 visa offshore instead of onshore.
  • Longer visa application time: 12 months after finishing your courses instead of the usual 6 months.
  • The applicants don’t have to hold a Subclass 500 visa six months before lodgement.
  • The visa duration will start when the applicants come to Australia.
  • Current Subclass 485 visa holders can apply for this visa a second time starting from 20th January, 2021.
    • The applicants must graduate from any schools in Australia except schools in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne.
    • The applicants must live in areas of their schools for at least 2 years before the second lodgement.

If you meet all of these requirements, start your application as soon as possible. Contact VEM today so that our professional migration can evaluate your documents.

What documents and papers are required for a Subclass 485 visa?

Is it hard to get a Subclass 485? Preparation is always the key!

The more carefully you prepare, the higher chance for you to get a visa. These are the some main documents you need to prepare before apply:

 

Identification papers
    • Copies of your certified birth certificate.
    • Copies of your certified passport
    • Card images.
    • Proofs that you have changed name before.
Form

An application form 157 and 1221.

Written documents that show you have registered for the AFP test (12 months since the visa lodgement).

VEM will provide these forms and instruct you.

Proofs of your eligibility
    • Provide a completion letter from an Australian institution.
    • An offer letter from the Australian schools/universities.
    • Previous school records.
    • Proof of your skill assessment result.
    • Proof of health insurance.
    • Proof that you have registered for the Australian Medicare.

 

Step by step of an Australian Temporary Graduate visa – Subclass 485

  • Step 1: Check to see if you’re qualified or not and take part in a skill assessment (if needed)
  • Step 2: Gather necessary documents.
  • Step 3: Making the application and paying the visa application fee.
  • Step 4: Your application is processed.
  • Step 5: Add any additional required documents.
  • Step 6: Being granted a visa.

The cost of a Subclass 485 visa

 

The applicants 1,680AUD
The accompany family member
    • Over 18 years old: 840 AUD
    • Under 18 years old: 425 AUD

Note: The fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.There will be other costs for a police check and health check.

 

Each family member will also be charged to apply for the visa with you. For subsequent entrants, they have to pay a full visa application fee.

 

Any kind of refund is impossible when your application is rejected. Additionally, when the Department of Home Affairs doesn’t approve your visa for the first time, any visa applications in the future will be much harder and much more complex.

 

Beside MARN, Mr Phong Cao is a member of the Australian Migration Institute (MIA: 12648), so when working with VEM, clients will also be informed about any new changes or adjustments. Thus, increase their chances of getting a visa approval.

Processing times of Subclass 485 visa

Each stream has different processing times:

 

Streams Processing time
Graduate Work Stream 75% of applications are processed in 5 months.

90% of applications are processed in 6 months.

Post – Study Work Stream 75% of applications are processed in 57 days.

90% of applications are processed in 6 months.

 

Your application may take longer to process if the DHA needs more information from you.

 

International students who study outside Australia (holding a Subclass 500 visa) because of Covid – 19 are still counted as study period in Australia (as required your course must be 2 years or more to apply for a Subclass 485 visa).

 

Due to travel restrictions, international students are allowed to apply for a Subclass 485 visa outside of Australia. They are also given more time to prepare for the English requirement.

VEM’s consultants will help you step by step with your documents, fees and applications. Do not hesitate to contact us for help.

Frequently asked questions

What is a Subclass 485 visa?

A Subclass 485 visa is also known as the Temporary Graduate visa. It allows graduated students to continue their stay in Australia after the Subclass 500 visa expired.

Can I add my IELTS certificate after the visa lodgement?

The answer is no. The Australian Department of Home Affairs requires that the English certificates must be included in the application at the time of the lodgement.

Can I apply for a Subclass 485 visa outside of Australia?

The answer is yes. Check out the previous part in this article for more information.

I’m going to apply for a Subclass 485 and I’d like to include my husband in my application. But my husband used to hold a Subclass 485 visa as the main applicant. So can I still apply for it now?

If you’ve never held a Subclass 485 visa or a Subclass 476 visa as the main applicant, you can still apply for a Subclass 485 now. And your husband can also be included in your application.


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VEM hopes this article gives you an overall understanding of the Subclass 485 visa. If there’s any questions, don’t hesitate to comment below. We’ll contact you as soon as possible.

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