Subclass 485 Visa Australia Post Study Stream

Subclass 485 Visa is granted in Post Study stream to International students in Australia who have completed a degree with minimum 2 years of study.

Subclass 485 Visa in Post Study Stream

Subclass 485 is a temporary visa. The length of your stay in Australia will depend on the level and duration of your Australian study qualification, such as whether you have completed a Bachelor degree (including honours), or Masters by research and masters by coursework, or a Doctoral degree.

Subclass 485 Visa Australia in Post Study Stream

Subclass 485 visa is a temporary visa that lets you stay in Australia after you have finished your studies in Australia. To be eligible for this visa you must have completed your course in the 6 months immediately before the day you apply. You will not be granted this visa, if you have previously been granted a Subclass 485 or a Subclass 476 visa as a primary visa holder.

Applicant Age

You must be under 50 years of age.

You Must Have this visa

Subclass 485 visa in Post study stream is only available if you applied for, and were granted, your first student visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011. If you held your first student visa prior to this date, even as a dependent child on your parent’s student visa, then you will not be eligible to apply for this stream. If eligible, then you can make your visa application outside Australia during the concession period and be granted the visa while you are outside Australia. You will be able to apply for this visa if:

  • you are the main holder of a current student visa, (but not one supported by the Defence or Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister).
  • you held a student visa within the past 6 months before your application and you now have a Bridging Visa A or Bridging Visa B, granted on the basis of a valid application for a visa.
  • you held a student visa within the past 6 months before your application and you now hold a substantive visa.
  • you are outside Australia and you hold or have held an eligible student visa.

Hold an Eligible Qualification at Degree Level or Above

 The Subclass 485 Post study Work stream visa is for international students who have studied eligible qualifications, regardless of their field of study, within the past six months. The following qualifications are the eligible degrees:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Bachelor (honours) degree
  • Master's by coursework degree
  • Master's (extended) degree
  • Master's by research degree
  • Doctoral degree

If you have studied a certificate, diploma, or trade qualification, then you are not eligible to be granted a visa in this stream and should consider 485 graduate stream.

Subclass 485 Australian Study Requirement

Before you applied for this visa you must have met the Australian study requirement in the past 6 months. You will meet this requirement if you are awarded at least one degree, diploma, or trade qualification and:

  • Course you completed was on Commonwealth Register of Institutions and courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
  • You have successfully completed all course requirements for that course.
  • Your study for that course was in English.
  • You completed your course in a minimum of two academic years (92 weeks) study.
  • You completed your course study in Australia while holding a student visa in not less than 16 calendar months.
  • You held an Australian study visa that allowed you to study.

Student visa holders affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions, can count online study towards the Australian Study Requirement. If you would like to claim COVID exemption then your education provider will need to complete Form 1545 - COVID-19 Impacted Students.

Have studied with an Australian education provider

The course you have studied for which you are claiming Australian study requirement, must have been with an Australian education provider who is registered on CRICOS and offer degree level programs.

Subclass 485 Visa English Requirement

If you hold a valid passport from the United States of America, United Kingdom, New Zealand,Canada, or the Republic of Ireland, then you don’t need to show English test results to prove your English competency. Otherwise, you will need to show that in the last 3 years, you achieved:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Overall score of at least 6 with a minimum score of 5 for each of the 4 parts.

Test of English as a Foreign Language internet based Test (TOEFL iBT)

Total score of at least 64 with a minimum score of 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Overall score of at least 50 with a minimum score of 36 for each of the 4 parts.

Occupational English Test (OET)

At least B for each of the 4 parts.

Cambridge C1 Advanced Test

Overall, at least 169 with a minimum score of at least 154 in each of the 4 test components.

Read for more details: English Requirements for 485 Visa

Subclass 485 Visa Health Insurance

As per Australia's health laws, you are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. However you can limit your financial liability by taking on Medical insurance. You must have adequate health insurance for the whole of your stay to be granted Subclass 485 visa. Your cover should cover you for medically necessary treatment, including ambulance cover.

Reciprocal Healthcare Agreements

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia such as Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is acceptable health insurance if you are still on a student visa when you submit or send your application for a subclass 485 visa. However, OSHC will not be acceptable evidence of adequate health cover if you no longer hold a student visa. If you are applying for this visa while you are covered by OSHC, you will need to have adequate health cover either immediately after your OSHC ends or before Department of Home Affairs make a decision, whichever comes first.

If Department of Home Affairs decides on your application before your Over Students Health Cover ends, then you will be contacted to ask you to obtain a non-OSHC cover before a decision is made on your visa application.

Read for more information: Visa 485 Health Insurance

Australian Federal Police Check for 485 Visa

Your subclass 485 visa application must be accompanied by Australian Federal Police Clearance (Full Disclosure), or the evidence that you have applied for one. Read for more details: Police Check for 485 Visa

Subclass 485 Visa Duration

The length of your stay in Australia will depend on the level and duration of your Australian study, such as:

  • Bachelor Degree (including honours): 2 Years
  • Masters by Research and Masters by Coursework: 3 Years
  • Masters (Extended): 3 Years
  • Doctoral Degree: 4 Years
  • Hong Kong and BNO passport holders who successfully complete a Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degree: 5 Years

Disclaimer: ‘Atlantis International Pty Ltd’ and its associates are independent consulting entities which are not associated in anyway with the Australian ‘Department of Home Affairs’ (DOHA). Information on this website does not constitute personal migration advice. For a customized migration advice based on your personal circumstances, please call and talk to one of our Immigration Consultants or register your interest with our Associates.

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