Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Visa

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that are relevant to specific occupations Australia needs or for students who have recently graduated with a degree from an Australian institution.

Temporary Graduate Visa 485 Details

Temporary Graduate (Class VC) Subclass 485 Visa

Graduate Work Stream: This visa is for students who have graduated with qualifications relevant to occupations on 'Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List', to stay in Australia temporarily.
Post-Study Work Stream: This visa is for students who have recently graduated with a Bachelor or Bachelor (Honours) or Masters by Coursework or Masters by Research or Masters (Extended) and/or Doctoral degree from an Australian institution.

485 Visa Australia Work Rights

The 485 visa Australia holders and their dependent family members have full work rights in Australia.

Subsequent Entrant Visa 485

If you have spouse/partner and kids, they can also be included as 485 visa dependent, or they can apply as 485 Subsequent Entrant if you have already been granted this visa.

Temporary Graduate 485 Visa Extension

Second Post-Study Work Stream: As per 485 visa new rules, the existing visa holders who were granted that visa because of studying in regional centre or other regional area, and along with their family members, have been living and working in regional centre or other regional area for atleast last 2 years, 485 extension Australia will be granted for them to continue to live and work in designated regional area. Secondary applicants are also eligible for 485 visa extension.

Temporary Graduate 485 Visa Fee

485 Base Application Charge: A$1680; Additional applicant charge for any other applicant who is at least 18: A$840; Additional applicant charge for any other applicant who is less than 18: A$425; and A$660, A$330 and A170 respectively for Second Post Study stream. If an applicant apply for subclass 485 visa subsequent entrant then Base application charge will apply, and if an applicant apply as subclass 485 dependent visa then charhe for applicant who is at least 18 will apply.

485 Visa Processing Time

485 processing time for Graduate Stream: 75% of applications in 8 Months, 90% of applications in 9 Months; Post Study Stream: 75% of applications in 8 Months, 90% of applications in 9 Months. The bridging visa granted during the processing of this application will have full rights to work or study.

Subclass 485 Visa Requirements

Visa Subclass 485 Australian Study Requirement

An applicant for 485 visa application must satisfy the Australian study requirement by completing 1 or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications for award by an Australian educational institution as a result of a course or courses, that are registered courses; and were completed in a total of at least 16 calendar months; as a result of a total of at least 2 academic years study, on an authorising visa.

Have Studied on an Authorising Visa to be eligible for 485

Applicant holds or must have held a 'Student Visa Subclass 500' during the period of 6 months ending immediately before the day on which the application is made for 485.

485 Graduate Visa Skills Assessment

If applicant is applying for the post study visa 485 under the Graduate Stream then the applicant must have applied for Skills assessment.

Graduate Visa 485 Skilled Occupation

If applicant is applying under 485 Visa Australia Graduate stream then applicant must be able to nominate an occupation from 'Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List'.

Australian Federal Police Clearance

Applicant must apply for Australian Federal Police clearance before they apply 485 visa.

485 Visa English Requirements

To meet 485 visa english requirements, Applicant must have minimum 5.0 in each of the four components and 6.0 overall in IELTS or equivalent score in PTE Academic (Overall 50 and 36 in each 4 parts) within last 3 years before the application is lodged.

Health Insurance for 485 Visa

Must provide evidence of overseas visitor health insurance for all applicants with the application to satisfy 485 visa insurance requirement.

Other Requirements for Visa 485 Australia

You must meet Australia's health, character, Australian values requirement and owe no debt to Australian Government.

Subclass 485 Visa Health Insurance

Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Visa Insurance

When applying for your Subclass 485 Visa or Temporary Graduate visa, you must provide evidence that you have made appropriate arrangements for 485 health insurance in Australia for the duration of the visa processing period and for the duration of your visa.

Subclass 485 Visa Health Insurance Requirements

To satisfy 485 Health cover requirement, at the time the application was made it needs to have been accompanied by evidence that the applicant: had adequate arrangements in Australia for health insurance; and has had adequate arrangements in Australia for health insurance since the time the application was made. That is, to cover the period between when the application was made and when the decision maker is assessing the application (known as the time of decision). What this means is, Applicants who are Student visa holders may present evidence of a valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy at time of visa application. However, OSHC may not be acceptable for the grant of 485 visa (i.e. from the time the visa application is made until the time of decision).

If the applicant moves from their student visa to a bridging visa when their student visa ceases (without making a further student visa application), they will be required to obtain a non-OSHC policy to meet the health insurance requirement for their VC 485 visa application immediately after their OSHC ceases. If the applicant’s student visa is still valid at the time of decision for their VC 485 visa application and they have not obtained non-OSHC health insurance, the case officer will request evidence of adequate arrangements for health insurance from the applicant. If the applicant is not a student visa holder when they make their application, OSHC is not acceptable evidence of health insurance.

Subclass 485 Visa Health Insurances

Subclass 485 Visa Health Insurance BUPA: Bupa’s new Essential Visitors Cover product that became available from April 1 2013 would be more appropriate for those choosing BUPA 485 Insurance requirements.
Subclass 485 Visa Health Insurance Allianz: Most Australianworking visas, including the 485 visa requires you to maintain adequate healthcover for the duration of your stay in Australia. All Allianz Overseas VisitorsHealh Cover (OVHC) satisfies health insurance requirements for 485 visa. 
Medibank 485 Visa: If your student visa and OSHC are set to expire before a decision on your subclass 485 application is made, you must take out Overseas Workers Health Cover to start from the day after that, to ensure that you have continuous health cover and continue to meet your visa conditions.
NIB 485 Visa: When you move from a student visa to a graduate visa you will need to switch from your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to a Working Visitor Health Cover (OVHC). 
There is no official obligation to buy 485 insurance for the length of a 485 visa stay up front and that this only applies under overseas student health cover. However, the Department of Home Affairs has said every application is assessed on merit, meaning the upfront payment may be required in some cases, although this is not an official ruling across all applications.

Subclass 485 Visa Conditions

485 Visa Conditions

The following are the conditions that may be applied to the visa upon grant.

8501 Visa Condition for Visa 485

Applicant must maintain for themselves and their dependents, an adequate health insurance for the whole of their stay in Australia, while they are on their post study work visa 485.

485  Bridging Visa Work Conditions

Once your application for temporary graduate visa subclass 485 is lodged, your bridging visa will be granted with full work rights condition.

Second Post Study Work Stream 485

If you intend to apply for second subclass 485 visa in post study work visa 485 stream then you must continue to live in an eligible designated regional area for at least 2 years before applying for the second Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream

Skilled Graduate Visa News

Recent Policy Changes and News

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Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Visa Checklist

For all applicants to be included in the Australian Temporary Resident Visa 485

1. Identity documents such as passport, birth certificate, proof of name change such as marriage or divorce certificate.
2. If you are or have been married, widowed, divorced or permanently separated, provide proof such as marriage certificates, divorce documents, death certificates, separation documents or statutory declarations.
3. Provide an overseas police certificate from every country, including your home country, where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since you turned 16, any military service records or discharge papers if you served in the armed forces of any country.
4. Passport size photographs.
5. All applicants must provide Overseas Student Health Cover.
6. Medical examinations.
7. For an applicant is under 18, copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents; or adoption papers (if applicable).
* The above will apply for Subsequent Entrant visa checklist as well.

Visa 485 Checklist For Primary Applicant

8. All academic certificates and transcripts.
9. Employment reference letters (If any).
10. Applicant holds the passport of (US, UK, Canada, NS or Republic of Ireland), or English test results within last 3 years: IELTS (Overall score of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5 for each of the 4 components), or TOEFL iBT (Overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking), or PTE (Overall score of at least 50 with a minimum score of 36 for each of the 4 parts), or OET (At least B for each of the 4 parts) or Cambridge C1 Advanced Test (Overall at least 169 with a minimum score of at least 154 in each of the 4 test components).
11. Any professional registration or license certificate.
12. Your curriculum vitae or resume that includes your full employment and educational history, including dates and positions held within last ten years.
13. Course completion letter of the most recently completed course in Australia.
14. Evidence that Australian Federal Police Clearance has been applied.
15. Evidence that skills assessment (if applicable) application has been lodged.