Subclass 485 - Temporary Graduate

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 applicant:

  • must be under 50 years
  • must in Australia
  • 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.

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.


An applicant must nominate a skilled occuapation on MLTSSL. The qualification used to satisfy Australian Study Requirement is closely related to the nominated skilled occupation.

An applicant needs to apply and obtain a positive skills assessment for the nominated skilled occupation.

Fees and Visa grant Period

Stream Application Fee Visa Period
Post-study $1,535 2-4 years*
Graduate Work $1,535 18 months


*Post-study stream - visa grant period:

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



When you join any Working Visa Cover by 31 August, you’ll get 6 weeks free after the first month of payment*.

- You’ll receive Australian Government Visa compliant cover and help meet your visa requirements with Bupa.
- You can access Bupa contracted private hospitals, doctors and specialists, and have more choice where and when you’d like to be treated at Members First and Network hospitals.
- Access to the 13SICK National Home Doctor Service (137425). When you book an after hours, doctor home visit, the doctor may prescribe common medications on the spot, at no charge to you.
- Discounted movie vouchers, vitamins, gym memberships, theme park passes and more from Bupa Plus! There are so many offers to enjoy.
- For all OVC working visa covers.

Contact us if you wish to make a switch to BUPA. We can help you organize your BUPA working visa health insurance.

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





Catholic University of Argentina


Federal University of Minas Gerais


Universidad Catolica del Norte Catholic University of Chile -Antofagasta

University of Chile

University of Concepcion


HUT, Helsinki


RWTH, Aachen

Technical University of Berlin

Technical University of Clausthal

TU Bergakademie Freiberg

University of Hannover


University of Miskolc


Anna University—Chennai

Banaras Hindu University—Varanasi

Indian Institute of Science—Bangalore

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Indian School of Mines—Dhanbad


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


University of the Philippines


Wroclaw University of Technology


TU Kosice


Lulea University of Technology


University of Dar es Salaam


English language requirement:

Application fee: $375

Visa validity: 18 months

PLEASE NOTE: All information valid as at 01/08/2017. Last updated on 06/07/2018 to reflect annual VAC increase. 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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