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Reasons why a 485 visa can be refused




The Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) is a popular visa option for international students who have completed their studies in Australia and want to stay and work in the country. However, it is important to note that 485 visa applications can be refused for a variety of reasons.


Here are some of the most common reasons why 485 visas are refused:

  • Failing to meet the eligibility requirements. Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements for the 485 visa, including having completed a qualifying course of study in Australia, meeting the English language proficiency requirements, and having adequate health insurance.

  • Providing incomplete or incorrect information. The Department of Home Affairs takes the accuracy of visa applications very seriously. If you provide incomplete or incorrect information, your application may be refused.

  • Failing to meet the health and character requirements. All visa applicants must meet the health and character requirements. This means that you must be in good health and have good character.

  • Failing to meet the Australian Study Requirement (ASR). The ASR requires that international students who want to apply for a 485 visa must have completed at least two years of study in Australia in a course that is at least two years long.

  • Applying for the wrong visa stream. There are two streams of the 485 visa: the Graduate Work stream and the Post-Study Work stream. Applicants must apply for the correct visa stream based on their circumstances.


Other reasons why 485 visas may be refused include:

  • Failing to provide the required supporting documentation.

  • Having a history of visa breaches.

  • Being involved in criminal activity.


If your 485 visa application is refused, you may be able to apply for a review of the decision. However, it is important to note that this can be a complex and time-consuming process.


Here are some tips to help you avoid having your 485 visa refused:

  • Make sure you meet all of the eligibility requirements.

  • Provide complete and accurate information on your visa application.

  • Meet the health and character requirements.

  • Meet the Australian Study Requirement (ASR).

  • Apply for the correct visa stream.

  • Provide all of the required supporting documentation.

  • Have no history of visa breaches or criminal activity.


If you are unsure about any aspect of the 485 visa application process, it is a good idea to seek professional advice from a registered migration agent.


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







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