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Frequently Asked Questions – Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 Visa

To study in Australia, international students can apply for the Temporary Graduate Subclass 485.

According to the student's circumstances, they can stay in Australia for 18 months to 4 years. During this time, they are entitled to full employment rights in the country.

Visa of the Subclass 485 are frequently asked questions, and the following are some of the most common ones.

Q. What are the different types of Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 visa?

There are two “streams” for the Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 visa:

  • Post Study Work Stream:

The scholarship is available to all international students who graduate with a degree from an Australian higher education provider, irrespective of their field. Those students who applied for and were granted their first student visa to Australia on or after November 5, 2011 are eligible for this stream of students. Depending on the visa applicant’s qualifications, this type of visa can be issued for up to four years.

  • The Graduate Work Stream:

Student visa for international students with a qualifying degree who graduate with skills and qualifications related to a skilled occupation on the eligible skilled occupations list. In this category, a visa is valid for 18 months from the date it is issued.

Q. How do I qualify for the Graduate Work Stream?

Requirements for this visa include:

  • Choose an occupation from the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List and submit it (MLTSSL).
  • The information in your visa application showed that you had applied for a skills assessment by a relevant assessing authority for your specified occupation
  • Proof of a skills assessment for your specified skilled occupation was included in the immigration application you submitted.
  • Six months ago, you completed the Australian study requirement.
  • There is a strong correlation between each degree, certificate, or trade qualification used to complete Australia’s study requirement and your preferred skilled vocation.

On the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List, you need to nominate an occupation (MLTSSL). It is possible to nominate just one occupation, and it is not possible to change that occupation once you have submitted your application.

Q. How do I qualify for a PSWV (Post Study Work Stream)?

Main requirements for the PSWV or Post Study Work Stream are:

  • After the 5th of November, 2011, you applied for your first student visa.
  • You must have completed a minimum of two years of undergraduate studies in Australia.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or PhD within the last six months, whichever comes first.
  • To be eligible, you must hold a student visa within the last six months, and you must also be in possession of either a substantive A or B visa.
  • If you have a passport from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, or New Zealand, you do not need to take an English test. There are a number of English examinations you can take, including IELTS, OET (PTE Academic), TOEFL iBT and Cambridge (CAE Advanced).
  • When applying, you must be under 50 years old.

Q. How long is the Temporary Graduate Visa Valid for?

Graduate Work Stream 485 visa are valid for 18 months from the date of issuance.

PSWV visa are valid for between 2 and 4 years from the date of award, depending on what type and level of qualification was achieved.

The following are the validity periods:

  • 2 years : Completion of a bachelor degree, a bachelor degree with honours, a master degree by coursework or a master degree (Extended)
  • 3 years : Masters by Research
  • 4 years : Doctorate

Eligible qualifications

It is required that you have completed a degree, diploma, or trade certification in order to apply for a subclass 485 in the Graduate Work stream. In the Graduate Work stream, for example, a student can satisfy the Australian study requirement by completing two consecutive Diploma level courses, providing the other requirements are met.

Qualifications must be closely related to nominated occupation

There must be a direct connection between the student’s chosen skilled vocation and the qualification(s) completed. To be regarded closely linked, your qualification’s skills must be immediately transferable to your specified occupation in order to qualify. Subject matter as well as qualification level are both considered. It’s important to note that certain degrees do not match the requirements for certain jobs, such as “physiotherapist” if you’re applying for that position.

Example:

Included in the acceptable study and occupation combinations are:

  • Someone declares “Physiotherapist” as their skilled vocation and obtains a physiotherapy diploma from an Australian university.
  • In Australia, an applicant who possesses a Certificate III in Plumbing and a diploma for plumbing services nominates “Air-conditioning and mechanical services plumber” as their skilled occupation.

Example:

Not acceptable: a combination of studies and a nominated occupation:

  • Nominated occupation is Registered Nurse, although the candidate has a Bachelor of Commerce, which is sufficient for Australian study requirements

Skills assessment

To arrange for the skills assessment, you are responsible for contacting the appropriate people and agencies. Because each evaluating authority has its unique evaluation procedures, timelines and fees when it comes to this visa, you should contact the relevant assessing authority well in advance of submitting your application.

It’s easy to get in touch with an Assessing Authority by visiting the department’s website.

  • Prior to submitting your application, you must apply to the competent assessing authority to get a suitable skills assessment.
  • According to the definition of medical practitioner, your entire medical registration is acknowledged as evidence of your skills assessment. More information about the general skilled migration scheme can be found here: medical practitioners.
  • In the case of Nurses, you must acquire a skills assessment from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), even if you are currently registered as a nurse in one of Australia’s states and territories.

In addition, a skills assessment is only valid for three years from the date of issue or until the expiry date mentioned on the assessment.

Graduate Work Stream requirements

Student visa for international students with a qualifying degree who graduate with skills and qualifications related to a skilled occupation on the eligible skilled occupations list. In this category, a visa is valid for 18 months from the date it is issued.

Requirements for this visa include:

  • Under the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List, you nominate a profession (MLTSSL).
  • The information in your visa application showed that you had applied for a skills assessment by a relevant assessing authority for your specified occupation
  • Have been rated as suitable for your chosen skilled occupation by a qualified assessing authority (skills evaluation)
  • Six months ago, you completed the Australian study requirement.
  • There is a strong correlation between each degree, certificate, or trade qualification used to complete Australia’s study requirement and your preferred skilled vocation.

On the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List, you need to nominate an occupation (MLTSSL). When submitting your application, you can only nominate one occupation and cannot alter it thereafter.