Australian Subclass 485 Graduate Visa
June 09, 2021

Latest Changes in Australian Subclass 485 Graduate Visa

International students in Australia have welcomed the recent decision of the Department of Home Affairs after it made some changes in subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa. The development has brought smiles to their faces at a time when the pandemic is raging on.

Get to know how you can benefit as the country’s immigration authority has taken appropriate measures at the right time.

The New Changes for Australian Subclass 485 Holders

The immigration authority has more powers to chalk out Australian locations in two divisions. It has specified them into designated city or major regional centre division, and another division is the other regional area or a regional centre. It will benefit students to study, live and work in major and big cities and even in the regional areas of Australia.

If you pursued a study in a regional area or regional centre with Temporary Graduate Visa 485 post-study stream, you can access the second 485 visa valid for 2 years. In case you lived in a regional centre or area for a minimum of 2 years, you can get access to a second Temporary Graduate one. In fact, it allows applicants living in a regional area or regional centre to get a second one. You along with your family members are entitled to its provisions.

What if you studied in a designated regional area? If so, you can be granted a second visa for one year. You can apply if you pursued studies in a particular city barring Melbourne, Brisbane, or Sydney. You are entitled to it if you lived outside the three cities for 2 years before you apply for it. Both you and your family members are eligible as per its provisions.

Interestingly, there are certain questions that require immediate answers if you are an international student who wants to apply for Temporary Graduate Visa subclass 485 after completion of graduation.

Some FAQs for Australian 485 Holders

Q. Why do you require Graduate Visa?

A. Let us work on all details one by one. First and foremost, you cannot exceed Australian stay beyond a certain point. Your subclass 500 ends any time.

Secondly, you want to build a resume to gain suitable employment in the country. It is applicable only if you have a work grant. Every graduate can benefit if he has a Graduate Visa. It becomes easy for you to work and stay. However, abide by all conditions of the Department of Home Affairs.

Q. What are the different 485 streams?

A. Two of the vital streams are Graduate Work and Post Study Work Streams. Follow the different requirements if you want to be eligible Graduate work.

You are eligible for it if you completed 2 years of diploma or advanced diploma course. If your course is part of the occupation in the SOL (Skilled Occupation List) of the Australian government, it works wonders. Under the stream, you can stay for 18 months. If you want to be eligible, you need to get skills assessed, meet English test criteria, and submit your application in a particular timeframe. Post-study work.

If you underwent a two-year Bachelor, Master, or Ph.D. degree, you are eligible for the stream. With the help of a Post-study work stream Graduate visa 485, you can stay in Australia for 2-4 years. There is no need for you to provide skills assessment details. But if you want to apply for a particular stream, you should submit English test criteria.

Q. Describe the 485 eligibility criteria?


  • You should be under 50 years of age and hold an eligible visa
  • You must have the necessary qualification in a CRICOS-registered course
  • Stay and work for 18 months
  • Hold a qualification that is relevant to SOL occupation
  • Meet additional requirements of the relevant stream
  • Bring family members to Australia

Related Read: All You Need to Know About Temporary Graduate Visa in Australia

Q. Describe the English criteria?

A. You must clear IELTS or PTE Academic Test if you want to obtain it as part of the English requirement for visa 485. At least, you need to score Band 6 with no band less than 5.

Q. About application fee cost and processing time

A. If you want to apply for a 485 visa, you need to shell AUD 1500. Much depends on the processing time that depends on the work stream etc.

Q. Whether or not Temporary Graduate requires a police check?

A. A police check is necessary if you have a dependent whose age is over 16 years.

Q. Is it necessary to work full time?

A. If you are a Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485 holder, you have full-time work rights for its entire duration. If you want to prolong your stay in Australia after its expiry, you can apply for a different subclass one.

Q. Which insurance cover is mandatory?

A. International students who were on Overseas Student Health Cover need to obtain graduate health cover if they want to avail the Temporary Graduate benefits. The health cover will cover you and your family members.

Q. Timeline to apply for subclass 485

A. Once the course ends, you can apply for it within 6 months.


Make it a point to read each of these details before applying for Temporary Graduate Visa 485. Raise your concerns with Aussizz Group migration agents who ease your difficulties in the nick of time.

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