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485 Temporary Graduate Visa

The Temporary Graduate visa subclass 485 is applicable for recent graduates from an Australian Educational Institution

The visa has two streams:

  • Graduate work stream
  • Post Study Work stream

Location: Must be in Australia when applying for the visa and when a decision is made on the visa.

Length of stay

Graduate work stream - 18 months

Post Study Work stream - 2-4 years

  • Bachelor's degree, Bachelor Degree with Honors, Masters by Coursework Degree or Masters (extended) Degree - visa is valid for two years
  • Masters by Research Degree - visa is valid for three years
  • Doctoral Degree - visa is valid for four years.

Cost: AUD 1,650


  • Be under 50 years of age .
  • Hold an eligible visa (Student Visa 500)
  • Have a recent qualification from a CRICOS registered course
  • The qualification must: - relate to an occupation on the skilled occupation list (Graduate work stream) - Be a higher education degree (Post Study work stream)
  • Meet the minimum English Language requirement; IELTS 6.5 overall
  • Meet Australian study requirements in the last 6 months
  • Must meet health and character requirements
  • Must have health insurance in Australia
Processing Time
Visa Streams75% of the applications90% of the applications
Graduate work 90 days 4 months
Post Study work 70 days 90 days

What you can do with this visa

  • live, study and work in Australia temporarily
  • stay in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies
  • have your immediate family members stay with you, if applicable

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