Subclass 485 - Temporary Graduate (First 485)

This is an onshore temporary visa designed for overseas students who have completed their studies in Australia but does not meet requirements for permanent visas. This visa may give them a chance to gain working experience, attend a professional year, or improve their English language skills before becoming eligible for a permanent visa.

A prospective primary applicant, in general,:

  • must be under 50 years
  • must be in Australia (unless eligible for covid-19 concession)
  • must hold an eligible visa
  • must meet Australian study requirement (ASR)
  • meet English language requirements
  • must have graduated recently
  • must meet stream specific requirements (graduate work or post-study)
  • must meet health and character requirements
  • must have adequate health insurance
  • must not have held 476 or 485 visa as a primary visa holder
  • may include family members

An eligible visa is, generally, a student visa other than Foreign Affairs student or Defence Student or a family member student visa. In certain circumstances, an applicant may hold other substantive visa or a bridging visa or no visa.

Australian study requirement is satisfied if the applicant has completed 1 or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications for award by an Australian educational institution as a result of a course or courses:

(a) that are registered courses; and

(b) that were completed in a total of at least 16 calendar months; and

(c) that were completed as a result of a total of at least 2 academic years study; and

(d) for which all instruction was conducted in English; and

(e) that the applicant undertook while in Australia as the holder of a visa authorising the applicant to study.

The Australian study requirement must have been satisfied in the last 6 months (unless eligible for covid-19 concession).

English language requirement:

Stream Specific Requirements - Post-study Stream

An applicant must have held their first student on the basis of an application made on or after 5 November 2011.

The qualification used to satisfy Australian Study Requirement must be a result of study undertaken at Australian Qualifications Framework level seven or higher:


(a) Bachelor Degree;
(b) Bachelor (Honours) Degree;
(c) Masters by Coursework Degree;
(d) Masters by Research Degree;
(e) Masters (Extended) Degree and/or;
(f) Doctoral Degree.

STREAM SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS - GRADUATE WORK STREAM

An applicant must nominate a skilled occuapation on MLTSSL. [This requirement has been temporarily removed for applications lodged after 30 June 2022].

The qualification used to satisfy Australian Study Requirement is closely related to the nominated skilled occupation. [This requirement has been temporarily removed for applications lodged after 30 June 2022].

An applicant needs to apply and obtain a positive skills assessment for the nominated skilled occupation. [This requirement has been temporarily removed for applications lodged after 30 June 2022].

Fees and Visa grant Period

Stream Application Fee Visa Period
Post-study $1,730 2-4 years*
Graduate Work $1,730 18 months (temporarily increased to 24 months)

 

*Post-study stream - visa grant period:

Bachelor: 2 year visa period
Bachelor with Honours: 2 year visa period
Master by Coursework: 3 year visa period
Master (extended): 3 year visa period
Master by Research: 3 year visa period
Doctorate: 4 year visa period.

 

 

Extra 1-2 years 485 visa for regional graduates (from 20 January 2021) - Post‑Study Work stream ONLY

Source: https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman/Pages/morrison-government-increases-regional-migration-target.aspx

Expected Definition of Regional Australia

DefinitionLocations
Major Cities Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Designated city or major regional centre Perth
Adelaide
the Gold Coast/the Sunshine Coast
Newcastle/Lake Macquarie
Wollongong/Illawarra
Canberra
Geelong
Hobart
Regional centre or other regional area All other locations

A designated regional area means:

                     (a)  a designated city or major regional centre; or

                     (b)  a regional centre or other regional area.

 

 Requirements for a second 485 Visa (primary applicant, in general):

  • an applicant must be in Australia
  • an applican must hold a Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) visa in the Post‑Study Work stream or a Subclass 485 visa in the Replacement stream which was granted on the basis of previously holding a Subclass 485 visa in the Post-Study Work stream
  • for 2 years visa: an applicant was granted the first visa on the basis of study undertaken in a regional centre or other regional area at an educational institution located in the regional centre or other regional area and lived only in a regional centre or other regional area while undertaking the study
  • for 2 years visa: intends to live, work or study only in a regional centre or other regional area
  • for 2 years visa: an applicant lived, worked or studied only in a regional centre or other regional area for a period of at least 2 years immediately before applying for the second visa
  • for 1 year visa: an applicant was granted the first visa on the basis of study undertaken in a a designated regional area at an educational institution located in  a designated regional area and lived only in a  a designated regional area while undertaking the study
  • for 1 year visa: an applicant lived, worked or studied only in a designated regional area for a period of at least 2 years immediately before applying for the second visa
  • for 1 year visa: intends to live, work or study only in a designated regional area
  • for 1 year visa: an applicant cannot satisfy the requirements for 2 years visa
  • must meet health and character requirements
  • must have adequate health insurance

The second 485 visa will be granted with a condition 8610 requiring a visa holder to live, work and study in a regional centre or other regional area OR a designated regional area as applicable.

FEES AND VISA GRANT PERIOD

Applicable Regional Australia Application Fee Visa Period
Regional centre or other regional area $680 2 years
A designated regional area $680 1 year

Subclass 485 - Replacement Stream (1 July 2022 - 31 December 2026)

This stream allows holders of 485 visas to obtain another Subclass 485 visa if they were unable to stay in Australia for the full period of grant of their previous visa due to the international travel restrictions in force from 1 February 2020 to 14 December 2021. Australia’s borders fully reopened to Subclass 485 visa holders on 15 December 2021.

Visas in the Replacement stream will be granted for the same stay period as the original visa held, as per the visa stream, and level of the applicant’s qualification where applicable.

The Replacement stream will be open for application to current and former Subclass 485 visa holders, regardless of their location at the time of application, where the primary visa holder:

· was outside Australia when the original Subclass 485 visa was granted; entered Australia on the original visa before 15 December 2021; and then departed Australia after this entry but before 15 December 2021 while holding the original visa; or

· was in Australia when the original Subclass 485 visa was granted; and was outside of Australia at any time between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 while holding the original visa.

A prospective primary applicant, in general,:

  • must be under 50 years
  • can be in any location (except for immigration clearance)
  • an applicant must hold a specific visa if in Australia at the time of application (please consult your migration professional)
  • must lodge the application between 1 July 2022 and 31 December 2026
  • must hold or have held a Subclass 485 visa granted on the basis of satisfying the primary criteria (the first visa) that
    • was granted before 15 December 2021; and
    • was in effect on or after 1 February 2020;
  • must have been outside Australia between 1 February 2020 to 14 December 2021
  • if the applicant was outside Australia when the first visa was granted:

                                  (i)  the applicant must have entered Australia on a day on which the first visa was in effect and that occurred before 15 December 2021; and

                                 (ii)  the applicant must have later departed Australia on a day on which the first visa was in effect and that occurred before 15 December 2021

  • if the applicant was in Australia when the first visa was granted—the applicant must have been outside Australia on a day on which the first visa was in effect and that occurred between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021;

  • must meet health and character requirements
  • must have adequate health insurance
  • may include family members

Visa application charge: $1,730

Period of stay: same as the period on the first 485 visa

Subclass 476 - Skilled-Recognised Graduate

This is a temporary visa intended to permit students who have graduated from certain overseas tertiary institutions to come to Australia.

An applicant:

  • must be under 31 years
  • must have completed an eligible engineering qualification from a recognised institution in the past two years
  • must not have held 476 or 485 visa as a primary visa holder
  • must meet English language requirements
  • must meet health and character requirements
  • may include family members

An eligible engineering qualification is a degree engineering qualification awarded by an institution

(a) whose name is published on the website of an accrediting body that is a signatory to the Washington Accord; AND
(b) that conducts a course that is accredited by that accrediting body under the Washington Accord

OR

Country

Institution

Argentina         

Catholic University of Argentina

Brazil

Federal University of Minas Gerais

Chile

Universidad Catolica del Norte Catholic University of Chile -Antofagasta

University of Chile

University of Concepcion

Finland

HUT, Helsinki

Germany

RWTH, Aachen

Technical University of Berlin

Technical University of Clausthal

TU Bergakademie Freiberg

University of Hannover

Hungary

University of Miskolc

India

Anna University—Chennai

Banaras Hindu University—Varanasi

Indian Institute of Science—Bangalore

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Indian School of Mines—Dhanbad

Iran

Amir Kabir University of Technology

University of Tehran

PRC China

Beijing Normal University

Beijing Petroleum University

Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Beijing University of Technology (formerly Beijing Polytechnic University)

China University of Mining & Technology—Beijing

Guangzhou University

Shanghai University of Engineering Science

Shanghai Jiaotong University

Tongji University

Tsinghua University

University of Science and Technology—Beijing

Philippines

University of the Philippines

Poland

Wroclaw University of Technology

Slovakia

TU Kosice

Sweden

Lulea University of Technology

Tanzania

University of Dar es Salaam

 

English language requirement:

Application fee: $425

Visa validity: 18 months

PLEASE NOTE: All information valid as at 01/08/2017. Last updated on 01/07/2022 to reflect annual VAC increases and changes in a subclass 485 visa. OZ HOME MIGRATION does not guarantee all information is correct and professional advice should be sought in relation to the above information.

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