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The Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa is work visa for international students who have completed 2 years of study in Australia (at least 92 weeks course). It can last from between 18 months and 4 years depending on your situation. It is a good way to extend your stay in Australia to improve your chances of becoming eligible for a permanent or provisional skilled visa.

There are two pathways/stream under Subclass 485 visa. Some may be eligible for the Graduate work stream and some can be eligible for the Post-Study work stream. Graduate work stream visa can be granted for 18 months and Post Study Work stream visa duration depends on the level of study you completed in Australia.

GRADUATE WORK STREAM

Trades/Diploma or Higher Level studies: 18 months

POST STUDY WORK STREAM

Bachelor Degree 2 years
Bachelor Degree with Honours 2 years
Masters by Coursework Degree 2 years
Masters (extended) Degree 2 years
Masters by Research Degree 3 years
Doctoral Degree 4 years

ELIGIBILITY

Subclass 485 Graduate work stream and Post-study work stream both has different criteria. However, common criteria for both visas are as below:

COMMON CRITERIA

  • Age should be less than 50
  • You should hold eligible visa
  • Met English language requirement at the time of application
  • Must have met Australian Study requirements in the last six months
  • Meet Health and Character requirements
  • Must have health insurance in Australia

LOCATION

Primary applicant and family members must be in Australia at the time of application.

Family members who apply for this visa after the main applicant has been granted the visa may be in or outside Australia when they apply, but must not be in immigration clearance.

FAMILY MEMBERS

You can include the following types of family members in your application:

  • Spouses, defacto partners and same-sex partners
  • Dependent children

If you already hold a Subclass 485 visa, you can apply for family members to join you in Australia on 485 visas. They cannot apply online.

GRADUATE WORK STREAM REQUIREMENTS

The Graduate Work stream is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that closely relate to an occupation which must be in MLTSSL

GRADUATE WORK STREAM REQUIREMENTS

The Graduate Work stream is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that closely relate to an occupation which must be in MLTSSL

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POST STUDY WORK STREAM REQUIREMENTS

The Post-Study Work stream is for international students who have recently graduated with an eligible qualification from an Australian educational institution, regardless of their field of study.

POST STUDY WORK STREAM REQUIREMENTS

The Post-Study Work stream is for international students who have recently graduated with an eligible qualification from an Australian educational institution, regardless of their field of study.

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