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.
Graduate Work Stream: Subclass 485 Graduate Work Stream 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. Read more about Graduate Work Stream: Subclass 485 Visa Graduate Work Stream
Post-Study Work Stream: Subclass 485 Post Study Work Stream 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. Read more about Post-Study Work Stream: Subclass 485 Visa Australia Post Study Stream
The 485 visa Australia holders and their dependent family members have full work rights in Australia.
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. However if you are accompanying an international student on Subclass 590 Guardian visa, then you are not eligible for apply for this visa.
Second Post-Study Work Stream: As per 485 visa new rules, the existing Subclass 485 Post Study Work Stream 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.
485 Base Application Charge: A$1895; Additional applicant charge for any other applicant who is at least 18: A$950; Additional applicant charge for any other applicant who is less than 18: A$475; and A$745, A$375 and A$190 respectively for Second Post Study stream. If an applicant apply for subclass 485 visa subsequent entrant then base 485 visa fee application charge will apply, and if an applicant apply as subclass 485 dependent visa then charge for applicant who is at least 18 will apply. Read for more information: Subclass 485 Visa Fees
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. Read for more information: Temporary Graduate Visa Processing Time
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 a student visa Australia.
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.
Applicant must be under 50 years of age to apply for this visa.
If applicant is applying for the post study visa 485 under the Graduate Stream then the applicant must have applied for Skills assessment.
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'.
Applicant must apply for Australian Federal Police clearance before they apply 485 visa.
Applicant must have minimum 5.0 in each of the four components and 6.0 overall in IELTS or equivalent within last 3 years before the application is lodged. Read for more information: English Requirements for 485 Visa
Must provide evidence of overseas visitor health insurance for all applicants with the application to satisfy 485 visa insurance requirement. Detailed documents required to apply for this visa may be accessed at 485 visa checklist.
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.
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.
Read for full details: Visa 485 Health Insurance
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 Australian working visas, including the 485 visa requires you to maintain adequate health cover for the duration of your stay in Australia. All Allianz Overseas Visitors Heath 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.
The following are the conditions that may be applied to the visa upon grant.
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.
Once your application for temporary graduate visa subclass 485 is lodged, your bridging visa will be granted with full work rights condition.
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
If you have lost time on your original Subclass 485 visa due to travel restrictions, then you can apply for Subclass 485 visa in replacement stream. You must have been granted and have held the original 485 visa before 15 December 2021. More recent updates on 485 visa are listed at subclass 485 visa update.
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, while holding student visa Australia.
You must apply for this visa online as soon as your education provider has confirmed you have successfully completed your course.
No, you must have english test results such as IELTS or PTE with required score when you apply for this visa first time.
Yes, you can get a car loan as long as you satisfy other requirements such as your income and savings.
You can apply for 485 visa outside Australia if you are applying for first time and concession period is valid, or you are applying under Replacement Stream. Concession Period started on 01 Feb 2020 and will be active till Minister of Department of Home Affairs declares it ended.
Yes, you can buy a house while being on 485 visa. However you will need approval from 'Foreign Investment Review Board'. But as long as you are planing to live in the house its not a matter of concern.
Yes, you can study while you are on 485 visa.
No, 485 visa must be lodged within 6 months of completion of your study, unless you was outside Australia during all or part of the period commencing on 1 February 2020 and ending on 19 September 2020.
You can apply for pr while on 485 visa. You can either meet the eligibility criteria for 189 Visa, or 190 Visa or 491 Visa visas. You can also avail employer sponsored program to become pr by meeting the eligibility criteria for 482 Visa or Visa 186 or Visa 494.
Yes, you can apply for student visa before your visa 485 expires.
Yes, you can withdraw your 485 visa application. However you much check your bridging visa expiry date which will expire in 35 days from the date when your withdrawal request is finalised.
You can explore one of the visa in General Skilled Migration Program or Employer Sponsored Program. The following visa subclasses will be able to assist you: Visa 189, Visa 190, Visa 491, Visa 482, Visa 186 and Visa494.
You must lodge another visa that you are eligible for or leave Australia before your visa expires. If your visa has expired you should contact us urgently for 'status resolution'.
You should apply for 485 visa after you have finished your Australian study which was of minimum 2 years duration towards the award of a degree, diploma or trade qualification.
These are some of the relevant policy changes and recent news relevant to Subclass 485 visa.
These are some of the relevant policy changes and recent news relevant to Subclass 485 visa.