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Graduate Work 485 Visa

Graduation Work 485 Visa is an 18-month visa accessible to international students who have completed at least two years of study in Australia.

For students who would like to stay in Australia following their studies, this is an excellent choice. For individuals who want to stay permanently in Australia, either through General Skilled Migration or through employer sponsorship, it is a great resource.

The visa is valid for 18 months from the date of issuance and can be extended for an additional six months. Work and study rights are both fully protected. During the duration of the visa, you can travel freely to and from Australia.

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Currently, the processing time for a comprehensive 485 visa application is between two and three months.

AUSTRALIAN STUDY REQUIREMENTS You must have met the Australian study criterion during the last six months before applying for this visa. At least one degree, diploma, or trade certification will suffice to meet this requirement; as well as:

  • You took a course that was CRICOS-registered.
  • Your course requirements have been successfully completed.
  • Your studies were conducted in the English language.
  • After at least two academic years of study (92 weeks), you have successfully finished your course.
  • Physically in Australia for at least 16 calendar months during the research period.
  • study in Australia was possible because you have a student visa.

In certain instances, you may be able to combine courses in order to complete the two-year component of the Australian study requirement.

You must have a degree, diploma, or trade certification in order to apply for this stream of subclass 485.

Two consecutive Diploma-level courses, for example, can satisfy the Australian study requirement under the Graduate Work route, providing the other requirements are met.


Depending on your chosen occupation, you’ll need to pass a skills exam that takes into account your educational background as well as English language proficiency and any registration requirements.

There are many skills assessment authorities that have reduced requirements for 485 applicants, such as accounting organisations, VETASSESS, Trades Recognition Australia, and the Australian Computer Society.

The skills evaluation must be submitted prior to the 485 visa application, but it does not have to be completed at the time of submission. There are some skills assessment standards for your occupation that must be met in order for your visa application to be approved.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS In order to apply for a 485 visa, you’ll need to demonstrate your English language proficiency.

This can be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including:

  • Have a passport from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, or New Zealand.
  • IELTS (general training or academic): total average of 6 and at least 5 in each band.
  • A pass in each band on the Occupational English Test (OET).
  • There is a minimum of 36 points in each band in Pearson (PTE Academic).
  • A total score of 64 on the TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) is required, with a minimum of 4 in Listening and Reading, as well as a minimum of 14 in Writing and Speaking.
  • Cambridge (CAE): 169 overall average with at least 154 in each band.
HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS As soon as you are granted a 485 visa, you will be required to provide proof that you have proper health insurance. A 485 visa can be approved with OSHC (Overseas Student Health Coverage), which is acceptable at the time of the visa application.

A valid Working Visa is required for the duration of your 485 visa. In the event that you do not maintain this level of coverage, your 485 visa may be revoked.

HEALTH CHECK For a 485 visa, you will be required to undergo medical examinations.

Some of these medicals may be valid if you’ve recently requested an extension of your student visa.

POLICE CHECKS The Australian Federal Police (AFP) check is required for you and any family members who are 16 or older. Before submitting your 485 visa, you must apply for the AFP checks.
TIME LIMITS In order to apply for a 485 visa, you must do so within six months after completing your Australian studies. To apply, you must have a student visa or have held a student visa within the last six months. Aside from that, the 485 application must be submitted before your student visa expires or, at the very least, you must have applied for a new visa and be on a bridging A or B visa when it is submitted.
BRIDGING VISA When you apply for a 485 visa, you will typically receive a Bridging A visa, which allows you to remain in Australia while your 485 visa application is processed.

Assembling a visa gives you the right to work.
A bridging visa’s work privileges will kick in when the substantive one expires, even if you were on a student visa when you applied for your 485.

If you leave Australia, your Bridging A visa may be revoked.
For those who wish to travel while they wait for a decision on their 485 visa, a Bridging Visa B can be obtained.