The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) allows an individual to live, study and work in Australia
temporarily after they have finished their studies. Students are only able to access the Temporary Graduate visa once as a primary applicant.
This visa has two streams:
- Graduate Work stream – for international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). A visa in this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant.
- Post-Study Work stream – for international students who graduate with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study. This stream is only available to students who applied for, and were granted, their first student visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to four years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant’s qualification.
Supporting evidence must be provided at the time the individual lodges their application. Requirements for this visa include:
- the individual must be younger than 50 years of age
- they must hold an eligible visa
- they must have included in their application evidence that they have met the English language requirement
- they must meet theAustralian study requirement in the last six months
- they must meet health and character
- they must have heath insurance in Australia
- they must meet the specific requirements of the stream in which they are applying for this visa.
The individual must hold an eligible visa to apply for this visa as the primary applicant. They could meet this requirement if any of the following applies to them:
- They hold a student visa, provided they are not
- a family member of the main visa holder of this visa subclass
- the primary applicant who undertook a course/training under a scholarship scheme or training program approved by the Foreign Minister or the Defence Minister on condition that they will leave Australia on the completion of the course.
- They have held an eligible student visa at any time in the past six months and:
- They held an eligible student visa that was cancelled, but in the past 28 days the Migration Review Tribunal has notified them of a decision to set aside and substitute the Minister’s decision not to revoke the cancellation.
What this visa allows for:
This visa allows the individual and their family to stay in Australia temporarily after they have finished their studies. While in Australia, they can:
It is important to note that it is the individuals responsibility to seek their 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 Job Search website.
The Australian study requirement
In the six months before they apply, they must meet the Australian study requirement. They meet this requirement if they can show evidence that they have completed one or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications for award by an Australian educational institution as a result of a course(s):
- that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
- for which all instruction was conducted in English
- that were completed as a result of total of at least two academic years (92 weeks) study
- that were completed in a total of at least 16 calendar months
- that have been undertaken while you were in Australia as the holder of a visa authorising you to study.
English language proficiency courses or enabling programs cannot be used to meet the Australian study requirement.
Specific requirements – Graduate Work and Post-Study Work streams:
Graduate Work stream:
Requirements for this visa include-
- the individual nominates an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List
- their visa application included evidence that they had applied for a skills assessment for their nominated skilled occupation by a relevant assessing authority
- their skills have been assessed by a relevant assessing authority as suitable for their nominated skilled occupation (‘suitable skills assessment’)
- if their skills were assessed on the basis of a qualification obtained in Australia while they held a student visa, the qualification must have been obtained as a result of studying a CRICOS-registered course
- they have met the Australian study requirement in the past six months
- each degree, diploma or trade qualification used to meet the Australian study requirement is closely related to their nominated skilled occupation.
It is the individuals responsibility to arrange for the skills assessment. Contact the relevant assessing authority well before applying for this visa, because each assessing authority has its own assessment procedures, timeframes and charges.
Contact details for Assessing Authorities are listed on the department’s website.
- They must apply to the relevant assessing authority to obtain a suitable skills assessment prior to lodging your application.
- If their nominated occupation is ‘medical practitioner’, evidence of their full medical registration is accepted as evidence of a skills assessment. Further information can be found on migration of medical practitioners under the general skilled migration program.
- If their nominated occupation is a Nurse, they must obtain a skills assessment from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) even if currently registered to work as a nurse in an Australian state or territory.
A skills assessment is only valid until the expiry date specified on the assessment, or for a period of three years from the assessment’s date of issue.
Post-Study Work stream:
Requirements for this visa include:
- The individual applied for, and was granted, their first student visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011
- they hold an eligible qualification
- their qualification was conferred or awarded by an Australian university or non-university education provider that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Courses and Institutions for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and that provider offers courses at degree level and above
- their study for the qualification(s) satisfied the Australian study requirement in the past six months.
In addition to the above-mentioned conditions, there are other factors and criteria to be taken into consideration.