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Stay in Australia with a subclass 485 after graduated

Temporary Graduate visa – Subclass 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 years course in Australia. You can stay in Australia from 18 months to 4 years. Applying for a Subclass 485 visa is your first step to prepare and fulfil the requirements of Skilled Visas or Permanent Residence Visas.

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What is a temporary graduate visa – Subclass 485?

Go to our website for more detail about requirements related to studying in Australia.

How many types of a Subclass 485 visa?

Australian temporary graduate visa – Subclass 485 has 2 streams: Graduate Work Stream Visa and Post – Study Work Stream Visa

  • Graduate Work Stream: allows you to stay up to 18 months in Australia (HongKong passport holders may stay up to 5 years).
  • Post – Study Work Stream: allows you to stay in Australia from 2 to 4 years.

Graduate Work Stream

Subclass 485 Graduate Work Stream Visa is for international students who recently graduate with skills and qualifications that are related to specific occupations Australia needs. This is a temporary visa that allows graduated students to stay and work in Australia up to 18 months. It is a multiple entry visa. Therefore, you can easily travel in and out Australia any time when your visa is still valid.

Post – Study Work Stream

Subclass 485 Post – Study Work Stream Visa is for international students who recently graduate with a degree from any Australian institution. This is a temporary visa that allows students to stay and work in Australia from 2 years to 4 years. The level of your Australian study qualification will decide how long you can stay:

Level of study Period of time
Bachelor Honour degree 2 years
Masters by coursework 2 years
Masters by research 3 years
Doctoral degree 4 years

HongKong people who have successfully completed a bachelor, master or doctoral degree will have 5 years on their visas.

Benefits of a Subclass 485 visa

There are 4 significant benefits when holding Subclass 485 visa:

  • You can stay and work in Australia from 18 months to 4 years.
  • Getting more experience in Australian working – environment.
  • Having enough time for you to prepare and meet the requirements for Skilled visas or Permanent Residence visas  for a longer stay.
  • You can also include family members when you apply (detail in below).
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Benefits of a Subclass 485 visa

Temporary Graduate Visa – Subclass 485 requirements

There are requirements on a temporary graduate visa that you need to be aware of:

  • Under 50 years of age.
  • Hold a valid visa.
  • Meet the Australian study requirements.
  • Meet health requirements.
  • Ielts 6.0 or OET, PTE, TOEFL iBT, CAE certificates.
  • Make sure you have adequate insurance.
  • Have no debt to Australian Government.
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or application refused.

Each case in Subclass 485 visa will have different aspects and requirements. Directly contact our consultants for more detail about the requirements of a temporary graduate visa.

Including family members in a temporary graduate visa

You can include immediate family members in your Subclass 485. They must meet the health and character required by the DHA.

After your visa is granted, your eligible family members are allowed to apply to come to Australia as subsequent entrants.

You can add your children to your application as long as a decision has not been made. You CANNOT add anyone else during that period of time.

How to apply for a Subclass 485 visa?

The required documents may include:

Identity documents:

  • Passport.
  • A birth certificate.
  • A marriage certificate.

Study documents:

  • Provide a completion letter from an Australian institution.
  • Course transcripts.

English certificates:

  • Ielts 6.0 or above.
  • Certificates that are equal to Ielts 6.0.
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How to apply for a Subclass 485 visa?

Each application has different requirements. Contact VEM for specific advice.

Cost of a Subclass 485 visa

The application fee for a temporary graduate visa – Subclass 485 is 1,650AUD (not including 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.

Direct contact to our consultants for advice on the application fee.

Temporary Graduate Visa processing time

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.

Q&A when applying a Subclass 485 visa

Can a Subclass 485 visa re-applied?

You CANNOT stay any longer in Australia by extending this visa. You can only apply for a temporary graduate visa – Subclass 485 only ONCE.

Can I attend a course in Australia on a temporary graduate visa?

ABSOLUTELY. You can continue studying and working in Australia.

What should I do when my application is refused?

You need to prepare your application carefully before you apply. If your application is refused, don’t panic! Seek a qualified consultant for help. VEM’s consultants, who have profound knowledge and experience will help you to deal with this issue.

What should I do after completing a Subclass 485 visa?

It depends on your purpose. You may decide to leave Australia to have your career start in another country or you may love Australia and would like to stay longer and proceed to permanent residence. You should consider to apply for one of the following Subclass visas:

  • Subclass 407 (training visa)
  • Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa)
  • Subclass 186 (Employer Nominated Scheme Visa) or
  • Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsor Regional Visa)
  • Some of these are permanent visas.
Is the skilled assessment required for a Subclass 485 visa?

It is your responsibility to contact the related authority to get advice for your occupation and discuss your skilled assessment.

Only Graduate Work Stream will need to fulfil the skilled assessment for their applications.

Contact VEM for full detail about your occupation and skilled assessment.

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