Subclass 485 Visa Pathways

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The Post Study Work stream of the 485 subclass visa is a work visa lasting between 2 and 4 years. Students need to complete studies at the Bachelor, Masters or Doctorate level which take at least 2 academic years.

It is a great option for students who would like to extend their stay in Australia after their studies. It also helps those who are seeking to stay in Australia permanently - either through General Skilled Migration or Employer sponsorship.

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.


The duration of the visa depends on which studies have been completed as follows:

  • PhD: 4 years
  • Masters by Research: 3 years
  • Masters by Coursework or Bachelor Degree: 2 years

What does the visa allow me to do?

  The visa has full work rights, and also full study rights. It allows you to travel freely to and from Australia during the validity of the visa.

There is NO occupations list for the Post Study Work Visa - the area of specialisation is not relevant providing your studies are at the right level.

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.

The Post Study Work visa is an excellent option for international students who wish to remain in Australia after completion of their studies.

If you would like assistance in applying for a graduate work visa, please book a consultation with one of our advisors to discuss further. 

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