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Subclass 485 visa – a privilege for international students after graduation

Temporary Graduate visa – Subclass 485 visa allows international students to continue to stay in Australia after their subclass 500 visa expires.

In 1.5 to 4 years of holding visa 485, is a valuable time for a Skilled visa preparation to live in Australia permanently. Make sure you meet all the requirements for this once-in-a-lifetime visa. Keep reading to get helpful advice from our qualified and experienced consultant!



What is a Temporary Graduate visa

A Temporary Graduate visa – Subclass 485 allows international students who have just graduated an eligible course in Australia to continue to live, study, and work in Australia.

While holding the Australia 485 visa, you can apply for another visa, for example a skilled visa if you meet the requirements.


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What is a Temporary Graduate visa – Subclass 485?


Which stream of a subclass 485 visa suits you?

There are 2 streams of subclass 485: Graduate Work stream and Post-study Work stream

Graduate Work stream

The Graduate Work stream allows international students to stay in Australia for 24 months after their graduation. The applicants must have the skills and qualifications relevant to the specific occupations to meet the visa requirements.


For applications lodged between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023, skills assessment is not required. However, from July 1, 2023, it is compulsory.


Post-study Work stream

The applicants must be international students who have recently graduated with a degree from an Australian institution (university or higher education institution).


You can apply for the Post-study Work stream visa to stay in Australia longer for at least another 2 years after graduation.


stream of a subclass 485 visa
Which stream of a subclass 485 suits you?


The benefits of a subclass 485


Residence benefits
    • Graduate Work stream: 2 years.
    • Post-study Work stream: 2-4 years.
    • 2 extra years for a STEM course.
Work and studyTo work and study in Australia within the visa validity.
Family membersAllow your eligible family members to apply for the visa together with you.
Multiple entriesTravel to and from Australia within the visa validity.


Holding a 485 visa gives you time to do skills assessment, improve your English to get higher points to apply for a skilled visa.


benefits of a subclass 485
The benefits of a subclass 485


The requirements of a subclass 485 visa


Graduate Work streamPost-study Work stream
Age requirementsUnder 50 years of age.
    • Have graduated from a 2-year course in Australia.
    • Skills and qualifications must be relevant to specific occupations for this visa.

Have graduated from an at least 2-year course in Australia.

Must have one of the following degrees:

    • Bachelor/ Bachelor (honours) degree
    • Masters by Coursework/ Masters
    • (Extended)/ Masters by Research degree
      Doctoral Degree
Skill assessmentRequiredNot required
Study course / JobYour study course/ occupation must be included in the (MLTSSL – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List).
VisaMust hold a student visa – subclass 500 and apply for the visa in 6 months after graduation.
English language requirementsMust provide the required English certificate. Details will be listed in the next section.
Health insurance requirementsHave health insurance at the time of making a visa application.
Health and character requirementsNo criminal record proved by AFP – Australian Federal Police.


There are 5 types of English certificates approved when applying for a Subclass 485:


Graduate Work StreamPost-study Work Stream
IELTSAt least 6.5 overall band score.

At least 5.5 in each of 4 parts.

At least 6.5 overall band score.

At least 5.5 in each of 4 parts.

TOEFL iBTAt least 79 total score

Listening: 7

Reading: 8

Writing: 18

Speaking: 16

PTE AcademicAt least 58 total score.
OETAt least score B in each of 4 parts.
Cambridge C1 Advanced testAt least 176 total score.

At least score 162 in each of 4 parts.


The English test result date must be within 3 years when lodging the subclass 485 visa application.


Changes in requirements of subclass 485

Currently, there are changes in the requirements for the subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream). The 485 visa holders will gain more benefits as follows:

    • Stay in Australia in 24 months (instead of 18 months as before).
    • Not required skills assessment (for applications logged from July 1st, 2022 to 30 June 2023). From July 1, 2023, it is required.


Required documents to apply for a subclass 485 visa


Identification papers
    • ID card photos.
    • Certified copy of your passport.
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate.
    • Proofs of legal name change (if necessary).

Academic performance
    • Certificate of a 2-year course in Australia.
    • English language certificate.
    • Skills assessment.
    • Insurance confirmation letter
Police certificate
    • AFP application evidence (valid within 12 months from the visa lodgement).
    • Form 80 and 1221 – Personal particulars for character assessment. (VEM will assist you).
Documents for additional applicant
    • Evidence of having a relationship with the sponsor.
    • Meet the requirements for additional applicant.


Your application documents must be sufficient and accurate to get your visa granted in the earliest possible time.


Contact VEM. Our qualified and experienced migration consultant will help your visa application process go through smoothly.


485 visa required documents
Required documents to apply for a subclass 485 visa


Steps to apply for a Australia 485 visa

    • Step 1: Check whether you meet the requirements and take skills assessment (if required).
    • Step 2: Prepare the 485 visa required documents and apply for the visa.
    • Step 3: Provide additional documents (if required).
    • Step 4: Receive a subclass 485.


steps to apply for a australia 485 visa
Steps to apply for a Australia 485 visa


The cost to apply for subclass 485 visa


For the applicantAUD1,895
For the additional applicant
    • From and over 18 years of age: AUD950.
    • Under 18 years of age: AUD475

Note: The fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.

This 485 visa cost tends to increase every financial year. Contact VEM to get the latest cost.


subclass 485 visa fee
The cost to apply for subclass 485 visa


The processing times of a subclass 485 visa


StreamsProcessing time
Graduate Work stream50% of applications are processed in 4 months.

90% of applications are processed in 5 months.

Post – Study Work stream50% of applications are processed in 20 days.

90% of applications are processed in 3 months.


The subclass 485 processing time may be longer than the time frame if your provided documents are insufficient or inaccurate.

Contact VEM. Our consultant – Mr. Peter Cao, a registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) and a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648) to ensure your visa application is well-prepared and legal.


Frequently asked questions

Can I provide my IELTS certificate after the visa lodgement?

Unfortunately, no. You must provide your IELTS certificate at the time of making the visa application.

Can I live permanently in Australia with a Subclass 485 visa?

No. However, with this 485 visa, you can meet other requirements to apply for a Skilled visa, which can help you to live permanently in Australia.

Can I bring my family members with me on a 485 visa?

Absolutely yes, as long as they meet the subclass 485 visa requirements for dependent applicants.

Can I apply for a Subclass 485 outside of Australia?

No, you must be onshore when applying for the visa.

When should I apply for the 485 visa?

You have to apply for the visa within 6 months from the date of graduation.

My husband used to hold a Subclass 485 visa. Can I apply for this visa and bring my husband to come to Australia with me?

Yes, if you have never held a Subclass 485 or 476 visa before. You can also bring your husband as a dependent applicant.

Can I provide a skills assessment after applying for the 485 visa?

No, you must have a positive skills assessment when lodging a graduate stream Subclass 485 visa application.


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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