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 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.

The visa has two streams:

  • Graduate Work stream
  • Post-Study Work stream

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.

Eligibility

You must:

  • be under 50 years of age
  • hold an eligible visa
  • have a recent qualification in a CRICOS-registered course
  • meet additional requirements of the relevant stream

The qualification must either:

  • relate to an occupation on the skilled occupation list (Graduate Work stream)
  • be a higher education degree (Post-Study Work stream)

Length of stay

  • Graduate Work stream - 18 months
  • Post-Study Work stream - two to four years

Cost

From AUD 1,500

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The process

Processing time

Stream75 per cent of applications processed90 per cent of applications processed
Graduate Work 74 days 4 months
Post-Study Work 55 days 67 days

Last updated 16 November 2017 (for month ending 31 October 2017)

Processing times vary.

For more information read Global visa and citizenship processing times

Eligibility

Who could get this visa

    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.

English language ability

Your visa application must include evidence that you have met the English language requirement.

Australian study requirement

In the six months before you apply, you must meet the Australian study requirement.

Health

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:

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

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.

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.

Specific requirements

The Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that closely relate to an occupation identified as being in need in the medium to long term in the Australian labour market.

The Post-Study Work stream is for international students who have recently graduated with an eligible qualification from an Australian educational institution, regardless of their field of study.

The visa

What you can 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 that provide information to job seekers, including through the Australian government's JobSearch website.

Cost

From AUD 1500

Note: The Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa is exempt from the 'Subsequent Temporary Application Charge'.

    You might have to pay additional costs for:
  • Additional applicant 18 and over
  • Additional applicant under 18
  • other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Members of your family unit who are added after a visa has been granted must pay the full visa application charge.

Use the Visa pricing estimator to estimate the cost of your application.

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Note: The estimator does not calculate additional costs.

Location

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.

How long the 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.

Family

Including a family member to your application

Requirements
    Each member of your family unit 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

Members of your family unit who are added after a visa has been granted must provide the documents listed under 'Personal documents' on the Applicant documents page

Costs

Members of your family unit who are added after a visa has been granted must pay the full visa application charge.

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

Workplace rights in Australia

Workers in Australia – including visa holders with permission to work – have rights under Australian workplace law.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.

See also: Workplace rights for all visa holders working in Australia

Travel

If you apply for this visa in Australia, you would be able to get 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 while you wait for a decision.

Your obligations

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

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


Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    ‘No further stay’ condition

    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.

    You might be able to update your passport details using ImmiAccount.

  2. Gather documents

    Prepare your documents

    You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

    Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

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

  3. Apply

    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.

    Apply for the visa 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 using ImmiAccount. Do not send copies of documents as attachments by email, fax, mail or any other way.

    Apply for the visa on paper

    To apply by post or courier, use the following form: Form 1409 - Application for a Temporary Graduate visa(635KB PDF).

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

    Post (with the correct pre-paid postage):
    SA Temporary Graduate Processing Centre

    Department of Immigration and Border Protection
    GPO Box 2399
    Adelaide SA 5001.

    Courier
    SA Temporary Graduate Processing Centre

    Department of Immigration and Border Protection
    4th Floor
    70 Franklin Street
    Adelaide SA 5000.

    More information

    Please refer to preparing your application, for information on:

    • certifying and translating documents into English
    • communicating with us
    • using a migration agent
    • authorising another person to receive information from us
    • receiving assistance with your application.

  4. After you apply

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

    You can track and manage your application using your ImmiAccount.

    Note: If you submitted a paper application you can import your application into 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.

    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 police checks

    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.

    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) (99KB 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.

    You might be able to provide additional information, including Form 1023, using ImmiAccount.

    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.

    Tell us of changes

    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.

    More information is available in the Tell us of changes tab.

    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

Tell us of changes

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 (86KB PDF)- if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances (77KB PDF) — if there are other changes in your circumstances.

You might be able to update your address and passport details using 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 visa 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 your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

All applicants 18 years of age or older, wishing to withdraw, must sign the request for withdrawal.

You can scan your signed withdrawal letter and email it to your case officer. If you haven’t been contacted by a case officer yet, contact sa.temporary.graduate@border.gov.au

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