Are you an aspiring international student who would like to temporarily stay and work in Australia after graduation? The Temporary Graduate Visa, commonly known as 485 visa is for you. This is a temporary visa that allows international students to live, study and work in Australia after they have finished their studies. This visa can be granted up to 6 years depending on the qualification studied. 2 to 4 years for selected Bachelor degrees, 3 to 5 years for selected Master’s degrees and 4 to 6 years for all Doctoral degrees (Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years).
There are four streams or ways to obtain the 485 visa: The Graduate Work Stream, the Post Study Work Stream, the Second Post-Study Work Stream and the Replacement Stream. We, an education migration agency in Australia, will be able to help you apply for this Temporary Graduate Visa.
Graduate Work Stream:
This stream is suited to international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that are on the list of eligible skilled occupations Australia needs. This stream can usually let the students work in Australia for 18 months but it had been increased to 24 months for visas granted from 1 December 2021.
Post-Study Work Stream:
This stream provides international students who have recently gained a degree from an Australian institution. They can be granted a Temporary Graduate Visa between 2 to 4 years depending on the qualification. Applicants with a select degree may be eligible for an extended 2 years on their visa. Click here to see the list of eligible degrees.
Second Post-Study Work Stream:
This stream is for Temporary Graduate visa holders who have recently gained a degree from an Australian institution located in a regional area. They will be granted an additional stay period of 1 or 2 years depending on the regional location of the institution where they recently graduated.
This stream is for current or former Temporary Graduate visa holders who lost time in Australia as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions. They will have the opportunity to apply and obtain a replacement 485 visa or Temporary Graduate Visa.
To apply for the 485 visa, the primary applicant must be in Australia when they make their application and must have held an eligible student visa within the 6-month period prior to lodgment and their course must be CRICOS registered. Other basic requirement includes being under 50 years of age, holding a valid health insurance policy which is the Overseas Visitors Health Cover (OVHC), meet character requirement, meet the Australian health conditions and proof of English Language proficiency. Skills assessment may also be required. This Temporary Graduate visa can be applied only once; therefore, one must be very careful with their application. We, at ACEcelent , an education migration agency in Australia will surely be able to help you decide on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Aside from the opportunity to work in Australia and make this as a stepping stone for permanent residency, visa holders can also bring their partner or family members, they just have to include it on their visa application process. They will need to likewise meet the health and character requirements, as well as possess valid health insurance coverage. Once the visa is granted, they will enjoy the same rights to live, study and work in Australia as the primary applicant.
Cost varies depending on the stream and the processing time varies as well. We can assure you that here at ACEcelent Education & Migration, we can provide you with a hassle-free experience when you apply for your 485 visa.