Graduate or Post-study work stream?
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The Graduate Work stream of the 485 subclass visa is an 18 month visa available to international students who complete studies in Australia taking 2 academic years or more and that course is registered with CRICOS.
you nominate an occupation on the MLTSSL
your visa application included evidence that you had applied for a skills assessment
your skills have been assessed by a relevant assessing authority as suitable for your nominated skilled occupation ('suitable skills assessment')
you have met the Australian study requirement in the past six month
each degree, diploma or trade qualification used to meet the Australian study requirement is closely related to your nominated skilled occupation.
485 Graduate Stream Questions (FAQ's)
Which does the visa allow me to do?
Visa is valid for 18 months and it has full work and study rights. You can travel freely to and from Australia.
What is Australian study requirements?
Your course should be CRICOS registered and must be at least 2 years (minimum 92 weeks course registered at CRICOS)
That were completed in a total of at least 16 calendar months
Studies should be at the diploma level or higher, and also Certificate III courses in trade occupations are valid.
This would include diplomas, advanced diplomas, bachelor degrees, graduate diplomas, masters, and PhDs
Studies need to be "closely related" to your nominated occupation
You can count more than one course, providing each course meets the above requirements and results in 2 academic years of study
You can have a break in between studies and still meet the 2 year study requirement
Which occupation I need to choose?
Your occupation should be on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
Do I need to assess my skills?
Yes, you will need to pass skills assessment in your nominated occupation - this will depend on the occupation and will generally be based on your qualifications, English language ability and any registration requirements.
Many skills assessing authorities have lower requirements for 485 applicants - this includes the accounting bodies, VETASSESS, Trades Recognition Australia and the Australian Computer Society.
The skills assessment must be lodged prior to the 485 visa application, but need not be completed at lodgement. It is important to ensure that you are able to meet the skills assessment requirements for your occupation, otherwise, your visa application will be refused.
What is the English language requirements?
English language requirements should be met before applying.
You can show this in one of the following ways:
Hold a passport from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or New Zealand; or
IELTS (Academic or General Training): overall average of 6 and at least 5 in each band; or
Occupational English Test (OET): B Pass in each band; or
Pearson (PTE Academic): overall average of 50 with at least 36 in each band; or
TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): total score of 64, with at least 4 in Listening and Reading, and at least 14 in Writing and Speaking; or
Cambridge (CAE): 169 overall average with at least 154 in each band
What are the Health Insurance requirements?
You will need to show that you have adequate arrangements for health insurance when your 485 visa is granted. Whilst it is OK to have OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) at the time of application, you will need Working Visa cover for approval of your 485 visa.
You also need to maintain your Working Visa cover whilst you hold your 485 visa. If you do not maintain this level of cover, your 485 visa might be cancelled.
Do I need Medical checks?
Yes, You would generally need to do medicals for grant of a 485 visa.
If you've recently applied for a student visa extension, you may be able to re-use these medicals.
Medicals are valid for one year.
Will I need Police Checks?
You will need an Australian Federal Police (AFP) Check for yourself and any members of your family aged 16 or over.
You must apply for the AFP checks prior to lodgement of your 485 visa.
Note that from February 2015, police checks for countries you have lived in outside Australia are no longer required.
How can I get Bridging Visa and which bridging visa I will get?
When you apply for your 485 visa, you would in general receive a Bridging A visa allowing you to remain in Australia during processing of your 485 visa application.
The Bridging A visa has full work rights. If you held a substantive visa (eg student visa) when you apply for your 485, the work rights on the bridging visa will come into effect when the substantive visa expires.
The Bridging A visa may cease if you depart Australia. If you wish to travel whilst waiting for a decision on your 485 visa, you may wish to apply for a Bridging B visa to facilitate your travel.
How long it will take?
It can take 2 to 3 months.
What should be my location at the time of application?
If you are applying as the main applicant, you and anybody else covered by the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when your visa is decided.
Family members who apply for this visa after the main applicant has been granted the visa may be in or outside Australia when they apply, but must not be in immigration clearance.
How much is the Department of Immigration application fees?
Primary Applicant: $1500
Adult Dependent: $750
*Credit card surcharge will be extra.
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