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485 Visa Australia: A complete guide for international students

Updated: Apr 30






The 485 visa (also known as the Temporary Graduate visa) is a temporary visa that allows international students who have recently graduated from an Australian institution to live, work, and study in Australia for up to four years. It is a popular option for international students who want to gain valuable work experience in Australia and improve their chances of obtaining permanent residency.


This visa has three streams and the length of a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) depends on the stream you applied in. If your family joins you in Australia on this visa, their visas will be valid while your visa is valid.

  • Graduate Work Stream - This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that are relevant to specific occupations Australia needs. You must be assessed by a relevant assessing authority as having skills suitable for your nominated occupation. It lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily. You must have

  • Post-Study Work Stream - This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with a degree from an Australian institution. It lets you live, work and study in Australia, temporarily.

  • Second Post-Study Work Stream - This visa is for holders of a Temporary Graduate visa (first Post-Study Work stream or Replacement stream) who graduated with a degree from an Australian institution located in a regional area. It lets you live, work and study in Australia, temporarily.


Eligibility

To be eligible for a 485 visa, you must:

  • Have completed a course of study in Australia that led to a bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctorate, or other eligible qualification

  • Meet the English language requirements

  • Must have a Skills assessment done by the appropriate assessing authority

  • Meet the character requirement

  • Have adequate health insurance

  • Be inside Australia when you apply


Benefits

The 485 visa offers several benefits, including:

  • The ability to work full-time in any occupation and gain work experience

  • The ability to study further in Australia

  • The ability to travel outside Australia and return on your visa

  • The ability to include family members in your application

  • Opportunity to study a Professional Year Program to gain 5 points for a skilled visa

  • Opportunity to apply for Expression of Interest (EOI) for skilled visa



Tips for Success

Here are a few tips for increasing your chances of success when applying for a 485 visa:

  • Apply as soon as possible after you graduate. This will give you more time to find a job and meet the other requirements of the visa.

  • Make sure you meet all of the eligibility requirements.

  • Provide all of the required supporting documentation.

  • Fill out your application form carefully and accurately.

  • Proofread your application before submitting it.


Conclusion

The 485 visa is a great option for international students who want to gain valuable work experience in Australia and improve their chances of obtaining permanent residency. If you are eligible for this visa, We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


Feel free to contact our team at Leading Edge Migration and our experts will be able to guide you.




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