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This visa subclass is for international students who have recently graduated with qualification and skills that are appropriate for specific occupations in demand in Australia. This visa lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily.
With this visa, you can
- work full time (35 hours or more per week) in Australia
- have a qualification relevant to an occupation on the skilled occupation list
- bring your family with you
Who is it for
A temporary visa that allows international students to live, study and work after finishing the studies in Australia.
The 485-visa subclass was initially called the Skilled Graduate visa and was announced as part of the September 2007 General Skilled Migration (GSM) reforms. The immigration laws of Australia were revised in 2013 and the visa subclass that we know at the moment as the Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa became accessible.
Once an application for the visa has been submitted, the stream that was selected cannot be altered. So, it is very important to know which is the correct stream to apply for.
How to qualify
To be eligible for visa subclass 485, you must
- be under 50 years of age
- hold an eligible visa
- have held a student visa in the last 6 months
- have a recent qualification in a CRICOS-registered course
- nominate one stream only – it is not possible to change visa streams after you apply
- attach specified evidence when you apply
- Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses which finally lead to the finish line of an eligible Bachelor or Master Degree can be counted towards the 2 year study requirement. These courses must have been nested with the Bachelor or Master Degree.
Step 1 – Check your visa conditions
If you currently hold a visa with a ‘No further stay’ condition 8534 or 8503, you may not be able to apply for this visa online. You should apply for no further stay waiver using Form 1447 No Further Stay waiver. You will then need to submit an ImmiAccount technical support form.
To see your conditions see VEVO.
Step 2 – Gather your documents
Provide proof of your study, qualifications, skills assessment, identity and relationships. You will also need to provide documents for your family members.
- Arrange a skills assessment
- A relevant assessing authority must assess your skills as being suitable for your nominated occupation.
- Study documents
- Provide a completion letter from your education provider, stating:
- the date the course started
- the date you completed the course
- your education provider’s CRICOS code
- You also must provide your English language test results, proving your English proficiency. You do not need to provide any results if you hold a valid passport from:
- the United Kingdom
- New Zealand
- the United States
- the Republic of Ireland
Step 3 – Apply for the visa
You must apply for this visa online.
Step 4 – After you apply
We will let you know when we have received your application and documents. See what you can and must do after you apply.
Step 5 – Visa outcome
If you are the primary applicant, you and your family members included in your application must be in Australia when we decide on your visa application. Graduates impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions can be granted this visa outside Australia.
The document needed
- Visa Application Form – apply online through ImmiAccount
- Form 80 – Personal particulars for assessment including character assessment
- Form 47A – Details of child or other dependent family member aged over 18 (if you are including other family members more than 18 years old
- Form 956 – Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance (if you would like to appoint an agent to act on your behalf then you must provide this form)
- Recent passport sized photographs of each person included in the application
- Certified copy of the identity details page of each applicant’s passport
- Certified copy of each applicant’s birth certificate, family register or other similar identification
- Evidence of any legal name change, marriage, defacto relationship divorce or widowed for
- immediate family members (that is, partner and other dependents if applicable)
- Evidence of Skills and Qualifications
- Results of a suitable English language test taken within the last 3 years
- Health and Character
- Australian Federal Police clearance