Graduate Skilled Visas

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)

The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies in Australia. Students are only able to access the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) once as a primary applicant. This visa has two streams:

Graduate Work stream – for international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). A visa in this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant. Applicants may be eligible for an additional 1 – 2 years depending on region where they have completed their education.

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. 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. Applicants may be eligible for an additional 1 – 2 years depending on region where they have completed their education.

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if you:

  • are younger than 45 years of age
  • are in Australia
  • hold an eligible visa
  • meet the two-year Australian study requirement
  • meet the English language requirement
  • have recently graduated with either an eligible qualification or with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) for Graduate Work Stream.

Second Post-Study Work stream

This visa is for holders of a first Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream who graduated with a degree from an Australian institution located in a regional area. It lets you live, work and study in Australia, temporarily.