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Graduate visa


  • How many times can I apply for 485 visa?

    There is a strict limit of one 485 visa application per graduate. Student visas are subject to this regulation only for the primary applicant and not for any dependents. Typically, international students apply for a 485 visa between the day their student visa expires and the date they finish their programme.

  • Can I work on 485 Visa?

    While your 485 visa is active, you can work, attend college, and reside in Australia with no restrictions.

  • Do I have to provide a skills assessment for 485 visa?

    If you are applying for the Graduate Work Stream of the 485, you are the only one who needs to present a positive skills evaluation. No need to choose a skilled occupation or provide a skills assessment for the Post Study Work track.

  • How long can you stay on Subclass 485 - Post Study work Stream?

    The Post-Study Work (Subclass 485) visa is a temporary visa. How long you'll be able to stay in Australia is determined by the highest degree of education you've completed there.
    bachelor degree (including honours): 2 years
    masters by coursework: 2 years
    masters by research: 3 years
    doctoral degree: 4 years

Graduate visa (Subclass 485)

If you are an international student and have completed 2 years of study from a CRICOS registered Australian educational institute. Your next step should be applying for Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) to enhance your knowledge and experience in Australia.
This visa comes with two stream:

Graduate Work Stream
Post-Study Work Stream

Applicants for both streams need to satisfy the Australian Study Requirements.

Graduate Work Stream
This stream is available for the graduates who have competed 2 years of qualification and their occupation is listed on Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
After the completion of trade qualification, this visa will let you complete the Job Ready Program with TRA (Trade Recognition Australia) to complete the skill assessment for migration purpose.
Usually, the visa is granted for up to 18 months for this stream.

Scenario: Applicant has completed 2 years of studies (Certificate III in Commercial Cookery + Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery + Diploma of Hospitality Management). Upon completion of Diploma, applicant can apply for the Provisional Skill Assessment (PSA) in the nominated occupation and lodge the Temporary Graduate Visa – Subclass 485.

English Requirement

If you are the passport holder of the following country, you do not need to provide the English Test. You will be exempted from English Test Requirement
United Kingdom
United States of America
New Zealand or
Republic of Ireland

IELTS: Overall score of at least 6 band with the minimum score in each component 5 band
OET: Score at least ‘B’ in each component
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum overall score 50 with at least score of 36 in each component
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): Minimum overall score 169 with at least score of 154 in each component
Validity: English test is only valid for 3 years

Other Eligibility Criteria

Valid Visa – The applicant should hold an eligible visa such as a student visa at the time of application lodgment
Australian Study Requirements – The applicant needs to ensure to meet the Australian Study Requirements and, which has been completed within 6 months prior to the lodgment of the application
Age – The applicant must be at the age of less than 50 years at the time of lodging the application
Health – The applicant must undergo the medical examination, if your previous medical examination is over 12 months old and you are not from a country which has any reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.
At the time of grant – The applicant can be In or Outside Australia at the time of Visa Lodgment but must be in Australia at the time of Visa Grant. The applicant needs to ensure that he/she stays in Australia while waiting for the decision on the application.

Document Check List

Australian Qualification – Transcripts, completion certificate or letter with Course Start Date and End Date
Passport copy
Australian Student Visa Grant Notification
Birth Certificate
Passport-sized photo
National Police Check (AFP)
Health Examination
English Language Test – IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL iBT, OET, Cambridge English
OVHC (Overseas Visitor Health Cover)

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.

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