Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

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The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) lets you:

Stay in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies
This visa is for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution

Requirements

You might be able to get a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) if:

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

The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. Students are only able to access the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) once as a primary applicant.

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.

source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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.

It is important to note that it is your responsibility to seek your own employment. The Australian government is not responsible for arranging employment.

There are many organisations that provide information to job seekers, including through the Australian government’s JobSearch website.

source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Supporting evidence must be provided at the time you lodge your application. 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 met the English language requirement
  • 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 a student visa, provided you are not
    • a family member of the main visa holder of this visa subclass
    • the primary applicant who undertook a course/training under a scholarship scheme or training program approved by the Foreign 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, or
    • you now hold a substantive 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 not to revoke the cancellation.

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 met the English language requirement. You can show this if you have either of the following:

  • You hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland and you are a citizen of that country.
  • You have achieved an overall score of at least 6 with a minimum a score of 5 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
  • You have achieved a score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four test components of an Occupational English Test (OET) that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
  • You have achieved a total score of at least 64 with the following minimum test scores in each of the four test components: 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking, in a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) test that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
  • You have achieved an overall test score of at least 50 with a minimum score of 36 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
  • You have achieved an overall test score of at least 169 with a minimum score of at least 154 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test that has been undertaken on or after 1 January 2015 and prior to lodging the visa application.

You must have sat the English language test in the three years before you apply, and the results should be lodged with your application.

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.

Health requirement

You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations required 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 members of your family unit 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.

Character requirements – Australian Federal Police (AFP) certificate and overseas police clearance

You must meet certain character requirements.

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 members of your family unit included 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.

When your application is assessed, we might ask you to 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 at: Character requirements – How to obtain police certificates.

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 that intend to accompany you to Australia.

Health insurance requirements

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 the health 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 have adequate private health insurance, your visa application could be refused or your visa could be cancelled. Obtaining 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 are eligible for Medicare under a reciprocal health care agreement, but you cannot produce a Medicare card or receipt of enrolment with Medicare, you should take out adequate health insurance and then enrol with Medicare after you arrive 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.

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 a country where Australia has reciprocal health care agreements (RHCA), you might satisfy the health insurance requirement. More information is available at Department of Human Services website.

Specific requirements – Graduate Work and Post-Study Work streams

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 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

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.

Contact details for Assessing Authorities are listed on the department’s website.

  • You must apply to the relevant assessing authority to obtain a suitable skills assessment prior to lodging your application.
  • If your nominated occupation is ‘medical practitioner’, evidence of your full medical registration is accepted as evidence of a skills assessment. Further information can be found on migration of medical practitioners under the general skilled migration program.
  • If your nominated occupation is a Nurse, you must obtain a skills assessment from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) even if currently registered to work as a nurse in an Australian state or territory.

A skills assessment is only valid until the expiry date specified on the assessment, or for a period of three years from the assessment’s date of issue.

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 at the time of lodgement:

  • your partner
  • your child/step-child or your partner’s child/step-child.

For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see including family members in your application.

The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.

Members of your family unit must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.

You can add your children to the application until a decision on your application is made. You cannot add any other member of the family unit 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 (635KB PDF).

Note: The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) is exempt from the ‘Subsequent Temporary Application Charge’.

source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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.

It is important to note that it is your responsibility to seek your own employment. The Australian government is not responsible for arranging employment.

There are many organisations which provide information to job seekers, including through the Australian government’s JobSearch website.

source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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

source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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