Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)

The Graduate Visa (485) allows recent university graduates and certain vocational graduates the chance to remain in Australia and work after their studies have finished.

Graduate Visa

The Graduate Visa (subclass 485) is usually the cheapest and easiest work visa to apply for.

Many temporary graduate visa holders use their time on this visa to build up the skills and requirements necessary to apply for a permanent general skilled visa in Australia.

Anytime throughout the temporary graduate visa, visa holders can apply for another permanent visa.

Benefits

Is NOT points tested

Does NOT require an employer sponsor

Common requirements

  • Be under 50 years of age
  • Apply for the visa from within Australia
  • Have health insurance for the duration of your visa (OVHC)
  • Make your application within 6 months of the date you receive your final results. You cannot apply for the visa before you have completed the course
  • Complete at least 2 academic years (classified as 92 CRICOS weeks) of study within Australia of a relevant course (or courses) related to an occupation on the MLTSSL
  • Have been in Australia for at least 16 months
  • Have English level IELTS 6, with no score lower than 5 (or equivalent English test) – unless you hold a passport for UK, USA, NZ, Ireland or Canada. The English test must have been taken within 3 years of your application
  • Have not previously held the temporary graduate or skilled graduate visa

Graduate Work Stream

Common requirements

  • Be under 50 years age
  • Apply for the visa from within Australia
  • Have health insurance for the duration of your visa (OVHC)
  • Make your application within 6 months of the date you receive your final results. You cannot apply for the visa before you have completed the course
  • Complete at least 2 academic years (classified as 92 CRICOS weeks) of study within Australia of a relevant course (or courses) related to an occupation on the MLTSSL
  • Have been in Australia for at least 16 months studying the course
  • Have English level IELTS 6, with no score lower than 5 (or equivalent English test) – unless you hold a passport for UK, USA, NZ, Ireland or Canada. The English test must have been taken within 3 years of your application
  • Have not previously held the temporary graduate or skilled graduate visa

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