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Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

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This visa is for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution.

It lets you work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies

Requirements

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if you:

  • are younger than 50 years of age
  • are in Australia
  • hold an eligible visa
  • meet the two-year Australian study requirement
  • have at least competent English
  • have recently graduated with either an eligible qualification or with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the skilled occupation list (SOL).

About this visa

The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies.

This visa has two streams:

  • Graduate Work stream – for international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). A visa in this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant.
  • Post-Study Work stream – for international students who graduate with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study. This stream is only available to students who applied for, and were granted, their first student visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to four years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant's qualification.

If you are applying as the main applicant, you and anybody else covered by the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when your visa is decided.

Family members who apply for this visa after the main applicant has been granted the visa may be in or outside Australia when they apply, but must not be in immigration clearance.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you and your family to stay in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. While in Australia, you can:

  • travel
  • work
  • study.

Before you apply

If you have a 'No further stay' condition (8534 or 8503) attached to your visa, you can apply for this visa using paper Form 1409 (635kB PDF), which includes an application to have the 'No further stay' condition waived.

Your passport

You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of our offices.

Cost

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Other costs

You may need to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments and police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Visa applicants

This information tells you whether you might be eligible to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).

Who is eligible for this visa

Requirements for this visa include:

  • you must be younger than 50 years of age
  • you must hold an eligible visa
  • you must have included in your application evidence that you have at least competent English
  • you must meet the Australian study requirement in the last six months
  • you must meet health and character requirements
  • you must have health insurance in Australia
  • you must meet the specific requirements of the stream in which you are applying for this visa.

Eligible visas

You must hold an eligible visa to apply for this visa as the primary applicant. You could meet this requirement if any of the following applies to you:

  • You hold an eligible student visa (a subclass 572, 573 or 574, provided you are not
    • a family member of the main visa holder of one of these visa classes
    • the primary applicant who undertook a course funded by a government or multilateral agency, or course/training under a scholarship scheme or training program approved by the AusAID Minister or the Defence Minister on condition that you will leave Australia on the completion of the course.
  • You have held an eligible student visa at any time in the past six months and:
    • you now hold a Bridging visa A or Bridging visa B after applying for any visa other than an ineligible student visa, or
    • you now hold a substantive visa other than an ineligible student visa.
  • You held an eligible student visa that was cancelled, but in the past 28 days the Migration Review Tribunal has notified you of a decision to set aside and substitute the Minister’s decision.

The following are ineligible student visas:

  • student visas in subclasses 570, 571, 575 or 576
  • visas in subclasses 572, 573 or 574, which you applied for on the basis that you were intending to undertake: 
    • a course funded by the Australian government, an Australian state or territory government, a foreign government or a multilateral agency
    • a course or training under a scholarship scheme or training program approved by the AusAID Minister or the Defence Minister.

In addition, you must not:

  • have had a visa application refused or cancelled since last entering Australia unless you hold a substantive visa
  • have any condition on your current visa that prevents you from applying to stay in Australia, such as ‘No further stay’ conditions (numbers 8503, 8534 or 8535). If you have condition 8503 or 8534 attached to your current visa, you should apply for the Temporary Graduate visa using paper Form 1409 (635kB PDF), which includes an application to have the condition waived.

English language ability

Your visa application must include evidence that you have competent English. You can show this if you have either of the following:

  • a valid passport from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland (and you are a citizen of that country), or
  • a score of at least 6 for each of the four test components of speaking, reading, listening and writing in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test or 'B' in each of the four components of an Occupational English Test (OET). You must have sat the IELTS/OET test in the three years before you apply, and the results should be lodged with your application.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

This applies to you and any dependent family members included in your application.

You can find out whether you need to undergo health examinations, and arrange them where required, by using our My Health Declarations service.

Health insurance

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.

You must have adequate health insurance unless you are covered by Medicare. You should ensure that your insurance will provide at least the level of coverage required for the purpose of your stay. Your health insurer could be in either Australia or your home country.

Attachment A in thehealth insurance standard template letter (138 kB RTF) is a guide to the level of health insurance we will accept as adequate.

If you do not get adequate private health insurance, your visa application could be refused or your visa could be cancelled. Getting health insurance does not guarantee that your visa application will be granted.

Applying while you are in Australia

If you are applying for this visa in Australia, your health insurance must start before you lodge your application. You must continue to maintain this cover for the duration of the visa processing period and your stay on the visa.

Subsequent entrants applying from outside Australia

If you are applying from outside Australia as a subsequent entrant, you must provide evidence that you have a valid health insurance policy at the time you lodge your application and at the time we decide on the application. This health insurance cover may commence from the time you arrive in Australia. You must continue to be covered for the duration of your stay on this visa. If you cannot produce a Medicare card or receipt of enrolment with Medicare, and you are eligible for Medicare under a reciprocal health care agreement, you should take out adequate travel or health insurance and then enrol with Medicare after you arrive in Australia.

Acceptable evidence

When you apply for your visa, you must either:

  • produce a valid Medicare card or receipt of enrolment with Medicare, or
  • provide evidence that you and anyone included in your application have arranged health insurance in Australia.

Providing the Health Insurance Standard Template Letter completed by an insurance provider with your application is sufficient evidence that the insurance meets the minimum level of coverage required.

If you hold a passport from the Republic of Ireland, you do not need to provide evidence of having health insurance in Australia.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is acceptable health insurance if you are still on a student visa when you lodge your application for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).

OSHC is not acceptable if you no longer hold a student visa (for example, if you are granted a bridging visa during the visa processing period or if you are granted a Temporary Graduate visa). Therefore, if you are applying for this visa while you are covered by OSHC, you will need to have adequate cover (other than your OSHC) either immediately after your OSHC ceases or before your visa application is finalised (whichever comes first). If your application for the visa is to be decided before your OSHC ceases, we will contact you to ask you to obtain non-OSHC cover before we finalise the application.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age.

Instructions on obtaining a certificate from an overseas government or law enforcement authority are available in the following document: Character requirements – How to obtain police certificates (513 Kb PDF).

When you apply for this visa you must provide evidence of having applied for an Australian Federal Police check in the 12 months before you apply.

This also applies to all dependent family members in the application who are 16 years of age or older.

The AFP National Police Check Application Form is available from the Australian Federal Police website – either an online form or paper form. Visa applicants should tick Code 33 in Section 8 of the form. Fingerprints are not required.

You will be issued with a 'National Police Check' certificate which will have a 'Complete Disclosure' in the heading if your AFP police check is successful.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

This also applies to all family members listed in your application.

Provide biometrics

You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.

The Australian study requirement

In the six months before you apply, you must meet the Australian study requirement. You meet this requirement if you can satisfy us that you have completed one or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications for award by an Australian educational institution as a result of a course(s):

  • that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
  • for which all instruction was conducted in English
  • that were completed as a result of total of at least two academic years (92 weeks) study
  • that were completed in a total of at least 16 calendar months
  • that have been undertaken while you were in Australia as the holder of a visa authorising you to study.

English language proficiency courses or enabling programs cannot be used to meet the Australian study requirement.

See also: Post study work arrangements

Graduate Work stream

Requirements for this visa include:

  • you nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List
  • your visa application included evidence that you had applied for a skills assessment for your nominated skilled occupation by a relevant assessing authority
  • your skills have been assessed by a relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated skilled occupation ('suitable skills assessment’)
  • if your skills were assessed on the basis of a qualification obtained in Australia while you held a student visa, the qualification must have been obtained as a result of studying a CRICOS-registered course
  • you have met the two-year Australian study requirement in the past six months
  • each degree, diploma or trade qualification used to meet the Australian study requirement is closely related to your nominated skilled occupation.
What does closely related mean?

For your qualification to be considered to be closely related to your nominated occupation, the skills underpinning the qualification must be directly transferable to that occupation. This applies to both the subject matter and the level of the qualification. For example, if you nominate ‘physiotherapist’ as your occupation, a degree in physiotherapy would meet this requirement, but a degree in commerce would not.

Nominated skilled occupation

You must nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL): Schedule 1. You can nominate only one occupation and you cannot change that occupation after you apply.

Skills assessment

Assessing bodies are listed on the Australian Skills Recognition Information (ASRI) website.

It is your responsibility to arrange for the skills assessment. Contact the relevant assessing authority well before you apply for this visa, because each assessing authority has its own assessment procedures, timeframes and charges.

Post-Study Work stream

Requirements for this visa include:

  • you applied for, and were granted, your first student visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011
  • you hold an eligible qualification
  • your qualification was conferred or awarded by an Australian university or non-university education provider that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Courses and Institutions for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and that provider offers courses at degree level and above
  • your study for the qualification(s) satisfied the Australian study requirement in the past six months.

Including family in your application

You can include the following people in your visa application:

  • your partner (married or de facto)
  • your or your partner’s dependent children
  • other dependent relatives.

These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.

Your family members must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.

You can add your dependent children to the application until a decision on your application is made. You cannot add any other family members to your application during that period.

Your family can also apply to join you in Australia after the visa is granted. They cannot apply online, but must use:

  • Form 1409 Application for a Temporary Graduate Visa (635 kB PDF).

Send completed forms and documents by post or courier to the Adelaide office in South Australia - attention Temporary Graduate Visa Centre.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).

You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when you apply and when a decision on the application is made.

You and anyone else included in your application who have turned 18 at the time of application, must sign an Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book before you sign the statement. 

Prepare your documents

You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.

Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.

Lodge your application online

You can apply for this visa online using:

Provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge when you apply.

You must upload all your documents directly to the online system. Do not send copies of documents as attachments by email, fax, mail or any other way. If you are not able to update your information using our online services, please contact the relevant Temporary Graduate Visa Centre:

Lodgement Method & Citizenship Processing Location Contact Address
Online Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) applications for citizens of China, Pakistan or Afghanistan. sa.temporary.graduate@immi.gov.au
Online Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) applications for all countries except China, Pakistan or Afghanistan. qld.temporary.graduate@immi.gov.au
Paper Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa applications for citizens of all countries. sa.temporary.graduate@immi.gov.au

All online and paper Recognised Graduate (Subclass 476) applications for citizens of all countries.

sa.temporary.graduate@immi.gov

 

Lodge your application by mail or by courier

To apply by mail or courier, use the following form:

  • Form 1409 Application for a Temporary Graduate Visa (635 kB PDF).

Provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge when you apply.

Send completed forms and documents by mail or courier to the Adelaide office in South Australia - attention Temporary Graduate Visa Centre.

More information

There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

After you have applied

After you have lodged the application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.

If you applied online, you can track and manage your online application using your ImmiAccount.

 

Wait for a decision

We have visa processing times for each visa.

Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.

Estimated processing times for the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) are listed under Temporary Graduate Visa Processing Times.

If you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for Bridging visa B to travel outside Australia.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

  • Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99 kB PDF).

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.

If you applied online, you can submit any additional information, including Form 1023, through your ImmiAccount.

If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Report changes in circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

  • Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details (86 kB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances (77 kB PDF) — if there are other changes in your circumstances.

If you applied online, these forms can be submitted to us through your ImmiAccount.

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include the number we gave you when you applied, if you know it – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

You can scan your signed withdrawal letter and email it to your case officer, or send it to the relevant Temporary Graduate Visa Centre:

Lodgement Method & Citizenship Processing Location Contact Address
Online Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) applications for citizens of China, Pakistan or Afghanistan. sa.temporary.graduate@immi.gov.au
Online Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) applications for all countries except China, Pakistan or Afghanistan. qld.temporary.graduate@immi.gov.au
Paper Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa applications for citizens of all countries. sa.temporary.graduate@immi.gov.au

All online and paper Recognised Graduate (Subclass 476) applications for citizens of all countries.

sa.temporary.graduate@immi.gov

 

Visa decision

If the visa is granted, we will let you know:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.

If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any).
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Document checklist

You must provide documents to support your application for this visa.

Use the 485 document checklist​​ to make sure your application is complete.

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). It explains your rights and obligations. Your family can also apply for this visa to join you in Australia.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

How long your visa lasts

The length of a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) depends on the stream that you applied in. If your family joins you in Australia on this visa, their visas will be valid while your visa is valid.

Graduate Work stream

This visa is valid for 18 months from the date it is granted.

Post-Study Work stream

This visa lasts for two to four years, depending on the highest qualification you used to apply for this visa:

  • Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Degree with Honours, Masters by Coursework Degree or Masters (extended) Degree – your visa is valid for two years
  • Masters by Research Degree– your visa is valid for three years
  • Doctoral Degree – your visa is valid for four years.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you and your family to stay in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. While in Australia, you can:

  • travel
  • work
  • study.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Your family

The following family members can apply for this visa to join you in Australia:

  • your partner (married or de facto)
  • your or your partner’s dependent children
  • other dependent relatives.

These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.

They can apply using:

  • Form 1409 Application for a Temporary Graduate Visa (635 kB PDF).

They cannot use the online form to apply.

Send completed forms and documents by mail or courier to the Adelaide office in South Australia - attention Temporary Graduate Visa Centre.

See: General Skilled Migration Pre-Lodgement Enquiry Form

Requirements

Each family member who wants to apply for this visa must:

  • meet Australia’s health and character requirements
  • have health insurance
  • sign the Australian Values Statement if they are older than 18 years of age.

Documents

Family members who are added after a visa has been granted must provide the documents listed under ‘Personal documents’ in the Document checklist.

Costs

Family members who are added after a visa has been granted must pay the full visa application charge.

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Last reviewed Thursday 13 February 2014

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