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Temporary Graduate Visa 485: Fees, Duration, Documents, Process

Updated on 16 November, 2023

Pragya Sharma

Pragya Sharma

Sr. Content Editor

Are you a recent graduate dreaming of starting your career in the land Down Under? If you answered yes, the first step is to obtain a temporary graduate visa 485. Did you know by July 2023, nearly 200,000 people had obtained a prolonged stay in the country? Visa 485 is the ticket to study and work in this beautiful country for up to 4-5 years. It is also a stepping stone to becoming eligible for a permanent or provisional skilled visa. So, let’s understand the ins and outs of the 485 Visa in Australia.

Temporary Graduate 485 Visa Checklist 

As the name suggests, this is a temporary visa allowing international students to live, study, and work in Australia after finishing their studies. However, the length of your stay will depend on the stream you apply for. It includes four streams: 

  • Graduate Work Stream (up to 18 months)

for international fresh graduates with required skills and qualifications relevant to the Australian list of occupations.

  • Post-Study Work Stream (2 to 4 years)

for international graduates with Australian education with a recent degree and a CRICOS-certified course.

  • Second Post-Study Work Stream (1 to 4 years)

for temporary graduate visa 485 holders who graduated from an Australian institution.

  • Replacement Stream (18 months to 6 years)

for present and previous graduate visa holders who lost time on their original visa due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.

The temporary graduate 485 visa checklist includes the following documents and details. 

  • First and foremost, provide proof of completion of studies. You can present a completion letter, which displays the start and end dates of the study period. 
  • Prepare all your study records involving the school transcripts copy and course grades documents.
  • You must provide a copy of your passport pages covering all necessary details.
  • If you are not from native English-speaking countries (the UK, the US, Canada, New Zealand, or Ireland), you must mention your English proficiency test scores.
  • Evidence of having health insurance coverage while living in Australia.
  • Offer documents that show you undertook a skill assessment for the job you're applying for with a graduate stream visa. Remember, you don't need this assessment if you're applying for a post-study work visa.
  • Ensure you have gone through the Australian Federal Police (AFP) through documentary proof and provide other documents to ensure you have no history of violence or criminal activities. Also, include Form 80 and Form 1221 for extra information. 
  • As this visa allows you to bring your family, you need their documents. 
    • For your partner or spouse, give copies of their IDs and, if applicable, your marriage certificate. If you’re unmarried, you should provide evidence of your registered relationship.
    • If you intend to take adult dependent children, submit proof of dependency and form 47a. You must also submit their identification documents.
    • If you plan to take a minor child, a birth certificate or a family book, along with a parental consent form 1229 or a statutory declaration, is necessary.

Eligibility Criteria for Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)

To be eligible for the temporary graduate visa, you must nominate one stream only. Also, note that you can’t change visa streams after you apply. Here are some other eligibility criteria to attain a 485 visa in Australia. You must:

  • Be below the age of 50 years.
  • Have had a student visa (subclass 500) within six months previous to the application. 
  • Be enrolled in courses registered with CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students).
  • Have mandatory skills and qualifications according to Australian work requirements.
  • Proof of English proficiency by including IELTS, OET, TOEFL, PTE, etc., scores. Otherwise, if you’re a resident of the United States, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or Ireland, submit your passport details.
  • Have suitable health insurance coverage - Overseas Visitors Health Cover (OVHC).
  • Completed an Australian Federal Police (AFP) check for character requirements. 
  • Have no visa rejection before applying for a new one.

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How to Apply for Temporary Graduate Visa 485

You can apply for the subclass 485 visa in Australia by visiting the official government website and following the below steps:

Open an ImmiAccount

To apply for the Australian visa online, the applicant must have an active ImmiAccount. If you have never created this account, create a new one and follow the instructions on the website. Once you open the account, applying for the visa is easier. You can even find necessary documents lists for visa applications. 

Attach your documents

Select the 485 streams carefully and attach your documents. Remember to provide scanned copies of your original documents. Check all the requirements and prepare your documents beforehand to upload.

Submit your application

The application fee for the visa application depends on the stream you choose. So, check the details in advance. You must pay the fee online through your ImmiAccount.

Reasons to pick Australia as your study abroad destination:

Why study in Australia 

Australia 485 Visa Processing Time and Estimated Fee

The 485 visa processing time varies depending on two main visa streams:

Visa stream

Timeline

Post Study Work Stream- Subclass 485

Approx. 9 Months 

Graduate Stream- Subclass 485

Approx. 71 days

You can check the status of your visa application through the ImmiAccount on the official website. 

Similarly, the 485 visa fee is categorized as follows:

Visa Stream

Base Cost*

Graduate Work stream

Post-Study Work Stream

Replacement stream

AUD 1,895 (INR 1,01,068)

Second Post-Study Work Stream

AUD 745 (INR 39,734)

*as of November 2023

Remember that there will be additional visa fees for every other applicant you bring along (your partner or other family members).

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Conclusion

The temporary graduate visa 485 can be your gateway to gaining valuable international work experience. It also allows you to secure skilled permanent visas, such as subclass 189 or 190, and get permanent residency. You must, therefore, be careful while providing all the necessary details for the visa application. Ensure you submit all the updated and valid documents on time. 

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FAQs

Does Visa 485 also require a police check?

One must submit a police check to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to acquire Visa 485. 

Can I work full-time on a 485 Visa?

Yes, the 485 temporary graduate working visa allows you to work full-time for the entire duration. After it expires, you can apply for a new visa for a different subclass to continue to stay in Australia.

Is 485 a migration visa?

No, the visa subclass 485 ensures that the applicant can work or study further in Australia after they have completed the course they have enrolled in.

Do I need to complete an English test for a temporary graduate visa (subclass 485)?

Yes, the English requirements for temporary graduate visa 485 are mandatory unless the applicant is from a native English-speaking country, like the UK, the US, Ireland, Canada, or New Zealand. If you belong to these countries, you are not required to undertake an English proficiency test. If not, you must pass tests like IELTS, Pearson (PTE Academic), OET (Occupational English Test), Cambridge (CAE Advanced), or TOEFL iBT.

Will I need overseas student health coverage to support my application for a temporary graduate visa (subclass 485)?

You will need overseas student health coverage (OSHC) to apply for a temporary graduate visa (subclass 485). OSHC is a health coverage for international students studying in Australia. It covers medical expenses, doctor's visits, hospital stays, and prescription drugs.

Pragya Sharma

Sr. Content Editor

Pragya Sharma is a content developer and marketer with 6.5+ years of experience in the education industry. She started her career as a social media copywriter for NIELIT, Ministry of Electronics & IT, and has now scaled up as a 360-degree content professional well-versed with the intricacies of digital marketing and different forms of content used to drive and hook the target audience. She is also a co-author of 2 stories in an anthology based on the theme- women empowerment.

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