There are two streams to the 485 visa which are:
1. Graduate Work Stream
2. Post-Study Work Stream
Graduate Work Stream
- For international students who graduated with a qualification related to an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
- Requires a positive skills assessment
- Valid 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.
- This visa can be granted up to 4 years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant's qualification.
Other criteria require for both streams include:
- meet English language requirements (You have achieved an overall score of at least 6 with a minimum a score of 5 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
- meet the 2 years full time Australian study requirement
The subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa is a good option, but it is not available to all students. Many vocational course graduates miss out and may need to consider other options.
If you cannot apply for one of the two Graduate visas, then you will need to consider your other options below. If General Skilled Migration (GSM) and Employer sponsorship are not suitable, then you will have to apply for further studies Visa.
It is possible that graduates can immediately qualify for a General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa. There are a range of factors such as having a positive skills assessment, good English skills and state sponsorship for recent graduates. Occupations that are possible to apply for a GSM visa because they do not require 1 year of experience include: Registered Nurses, Engineers and Accountants.
There are various factors to be considered for this pathway as each state and territory has their own sponsorship requirements and benefits (such as ); and nominated occupations must be on the skilled occupation list. South Australia is one of the states which strongly supports its own graduates in obtaining state sponsorship for further visa applications. Immigration SA is making it easier for talented International graduates of South Australian public universities (in the last two years) to qualify for state nomination through the "High performing Graduate" category. Check with Work Visa Lawyers about the various state sponsorship requirements and their implications for your visa application.
You may have worked the 20 hours allowed per week during your studies and come across an employer who is willing to sponsor you for a work visa. This pathway requires a few stages of work as the employer needs to be an approved sponsor first before sponsoring you. Work Visa Lawyers assists in checking the eligibility of the employer to be a sponsor and the sponsorship application process. If you have an employer willing to sponsor you, do contact us immediately as the work involved before your visa application can take some time. To have an overview of the work visa application read our blog entry . It is noteworthy that some employers may sponsor you for a permanent visa immediately.
During your studies you may have met someone who is an Australian or an Australian Permanent Resident. If the relationship is genuine and ongoing, you can consider applying for a Partner Visa. The timing of your application and having strong supporting evidence is important. It is advisable that you check with Work Visa Lawyers on your situation before lodging an application for a partner visa. Read here to understand more about .
Apply for a Further Studies Visa
This option can be considered if you encounter the following scenarios:
- The course you recently completed does not meet the 2-year study requirement, or
- The course you completed has no suitable occupation to be nominated for a visa application
While this option is costly and you will not be applying for a permanent visa until you complete the new course, it allows you to stay on in Australia to evaluate your options later, as well as obtain another quality Australian qualification. Do note that there are no guarantees that the new course you enrol in will lead to a permanent residence visa.
To be granted a student visa, you will need to meet the genuine temporary entrant requirement. This requires that you study a course with the intention to return to your home country with the newly acquired skills.
Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website
This information is accurate on the 25 November 2016. DIBP will change requirements in an ongoing manner and all current requirements must be established prior to lodging an application.
Immigration SA website
At Work Visa Lawyers we are experienced in assisting applicants with skilled visa applications such as subclass 189, 190, 489, 485, 457 visas as well as the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS). We also handle family visa applications including Partner, Parent and Child visas.
If you require further information regarding your current visa options you can contact us through:
(08) 8351 9956 or +61 8 8351 9956