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Subclass 485 Graduate visa

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
  • Canada
  • 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: All the information provided on this page is for the guidance purpose only and reader must not apply this information to their personal circumstance.