Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485)

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Temporary Graduate Visa


  • Onshore: Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485)

The temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) allows you to remain in Australia to live, study or work after you have finished your studies. The visa has two streams: Graduate Work stream and Post-Study Work stream. The length of your stay will depend on which stream you apply for.

Who is eligible for the temporary graduate visa (subclass 485)?

To be eligible to apply for the temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) you must 

  • be under 50 years of age
  • hold an eligible visa
  • have a recent qualification in a CRICOS-registered course
  • meet the Australian Study Requirement requiring a minimum of two years’ enrolement
  • meet additional requirements of the relevant stream

Do I need to complete an English test for a temporary graduate visa (subclass 485)?

You may require evidence of English as part of your visa application. IELTS is an official English language test provider if you require a test score.

Will I need OSHC (overseas student health cover) to support my application for a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485)?

You must meet certain health requirements as part of the visa application. My Health Declarations (MHD) is for visa applicants who require a health check. You can apply for OSHC here.

How do I apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485)

Applications can be made online at the Department of Home Affairs. Have all you documents ready to complete the application and payment to ensure you visa application is valid.

Estimated fees and processing time

The cost of applying for the temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) starts from AUD $1500.00. The processing time will depend on your work stream. The estimated processing time for all student visas can be viewed here.  

How Summit Migration can help

Summit Migration offers an array of services designed to take the stress and confusion out of the process of applying for a visa in Australia. Whether you prefer to manage your own application and just need some friendly advice or whether you need comprehensive migration advice and application assistance, Summit Migration can assist.

If you have received a visa refusal, then the solicitors at Summit Migration may be able to assist. Find out more about appeals for visa refusals here.  Alternatively, you may be eligible for Ministerial Intervention.

Summit Migration provides free 15-minute, no-obligation phone consultation. Claim your free telephone consultation today. Call us on (07) 31777609 to speak to a Registered Migration Agent about your matter.

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