Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

You’ve done the years & completed your studies. Now let help you stay in this beautiful country a few more.

VISA Duration

18 months to 4 years*

Work Hours

Max 48 hours a fortnight.*

Average Processing

40 days after successful completion of application.*


Completing your studies is a significant achievement, but it’s only the beginning of your journey towards a successful career. If you’re considering pursuing professional opportunities in Australia after graduating from a recognized Australian institution, the Temporary Graduate Visa (485) might be the perfect option for you. This page dives into the key aspects of this visa, including its duration, work hours, average processing time, relevant visas, and eligibility requirements.

VISA Streams & Durations:

The Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) serves as a valuable bridge between studying and working in Australia, allowing international students to extend their stay and gain work experience in the country. This visa category offers two streams: Graduate Work Stream & Post-study Work Stream. Each catering to specific qualifications and career paths. 

Graduate Work Stream

Graduate Work Stream: The Graduate Work Stream is designed for graduates with qualifications and skills that align with occupations listed on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). This stream is suitable for individuals who wish to work in Australia temporarily in their field of study. The visa is granted for a duration of 18 months, providing graduates with an opportunity to gain practical work experience relevant to their qualifications. It is essential to note that this stream may also serve as a pathway to permanent residency in Australia through various skilled migration programs. 

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Post-Study Work Stream: Graduates who have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree in Australia are eligible for the Post-Study Work Stream. This stream allows graduates to work in Australia temporarily, further enhancing their skills and career prospects. The duration of the visa granted under this stream varies based on the highest qualification obtained:

  1. Bachelor’s degree: Graduates with a bachelor’s degree can stay and work in Australia for up to two years under the Post-Study Work Stream.
  2. Master’s degree: For those who have completed a master’s degree, the duration of the visa can range from two to three years, depending on the program’s duration.
  3. Doctoral degree: Graduates who have obtained a Doctoral degree can stay and work in Australia for up to four years under this stream. 

How many hours can I Work?

With the Graduate VISA, you can work for up to 40 hours per week, allowing you to immerse yourself in the Australian workforce and take significant steps towards building a successful career.

By working full-time under the Temporary Graduate Visa, you have the flexibility to engage in professional employment, establish valuable networks, and explore career opportunities in Australia. This hands-on experience not only enhances your skills and knowledge but also gives you a competitive edge in the job market.

The visa duration varies depending on the qualification you completed in Australia. Graduates of higher education degrees, postgraduate research, and certain vocational education and training qualifications can apply for the Post-Study Work Stream, which provides a visa validity period of two to four years. Graduates of other qualifications may be eligible for the Graduate Work Stream, which allows a visa validity period of 18 months.

What do I need to be Eligible?

To be eligible for the Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485), you must meet certain criteria, which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Completed Qualification: You must provide a certificate from a recognized Australian institution within the past six months.
  • Sufficient Financial Means: You should have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Australia.
  • Language: Meet English language proficiency requirements (usually demonstrated through English test scores such as IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE)
  • Health and Character Requirements: You must meet certain health and character requirements. This includes undergoing a health examination and obtaining relevant police clearances. 
  • Health Cover: It is mandatory to have health insurance coverage for the duration of your stay in Australia.


At OZI Immigration Services, we understand the complexities of the visa application process. Our experienced team will guide you through each step, ensuring that your application meets all the necessary requirements for a successful outcome.

important things you should know

Questions And Answers

Australia offers various types of visas, including tourist visas, student visas, work visas, skilled visas, partner visas, and more. The specific visa you need depends on your purpose of travel and eligibility.

To apply for an Australian visa, you typically need to complete an online application through the Department of Home Affairs’ website. The application will require you to provide personal information, supporting documents, and pay the required fees.

The processing time for an Australian visa can vary depending on the type of visa and individual circumstances. It can range from a few days to several months. It’s advisable to apply well in advance of your intended travel date. For more specific info call or see this link to the Department of Home Affairs Website.

It depends on the type of visa you hold. Visitors to Australia on tourist visas are not required to have health insurance. However, it’s highly recommended to have adequate health insurance coverage as healthcare costs in Australia can be high.

In some cases, it is possible to extend your stay in Australia. However, it depends on the type of visa you hold and the specific circumstances. It’s important to check the conditions of your visa and consult with the Department of Home Affairs or a registered migration agent for guidance.

The cost of an Australian visa varies depending on the type of visa and the duration of your stay. The fees can range from AUD 140 for a tourist visa to several thousand dollars for more complex visas like skilled migration visas. It’s best to check the Department of Home Affairs’ website for the specific fees.

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