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Working after studying in Australia

Did you know that if you recently graduated (or are about to graduate) from an Australian education provider, you might be eligible for the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa? Depending on your qualification, this visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to four years, to gain valuable work experience.

This visa does not restrict the type or amount of work you can do. Employer sponsorship is not required for this visa but it is important to understand that finding a job is your responsibility.

For information on the eligibility requirements for the Temporary Graduate visa, check out the Visa Applicants tab on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa webpage.

Get your documents ready

If you are completing your course at the end of 2014 and you would like to apply for the Temporary Graduate visa, you may wish to start organising some of your documents now, including:

If these documents are ready when you apply for the visa, your application can be processed quickly. Keep in mind that some documents must be provided when you lodge your application, otherwise your application may be refused.

Not every applicant for the Temporary Graduate visa will need to provide all of these documents.

Check the document checklist to make sure  you have everything ready for your application before you submit it.

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You can search for the visa most likely to meet your circumstances by using the Find-a-Visa tool on the department’s website at www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/Find-a-visa.aspx. You will need to meet the relevant legislative requirements to be granted a visa.

I would graduate in Aug 2015. My masters degree program is 18 months. The CRICOS website says the Coursework is 78 weeks. So this means I wont be eligible to apply for Post Study Work Experience? Is there any other possibility?

I have just finished my Enrolled Nursing studies at TAFE can i still apply for 485 visa and I'm waiting to so my OET

I have 7s in three bands of ILETS and a 5 in one band I was wandering if I can still apply for 485 visa

Hello, I recently graduated with a degree and my convocation was held in the last week of July 2014. Until when would I still be eligible to apply for the 458 visa ? How does the 'within 6 months' rule apply ? Thank you.

The duration of your visa under the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate Visa is determined by your qualification. Doctoral degree graduates will be granted a visa of 4 years. Select the “Visa Holders” at www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx for more information.

Hi Parkmin, for information on the eligibility requirements for the Temporary Graduate visa, check out the Visa Applicants tab on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa webpage at http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx.

Hi Taposhi, you can apply for a permanent visa regardless of holding a 485, you just need to meet the visa requirements at the time you apply.

The course you have completed must have been registered on CRICOS for at least 92 weeks. You must have spent at least 16 months in Australia while completing this course. Some students may take two years to complete a 92 week course, while others take on extra study units or receive exemption and can potentially complete the course in 16 months. So long as your course has been registered for at least 92 weeks and you have been in Australia for 16 months while studying, you will meet the Australian study requirement. See www.immi.gov.au/Study/Pages/study-work-arrangements.aspx?heading=austral... for more information.

Hi Absar

It sounds like you are not eligible for the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa as you held your first student visa before 5 November 2011. However you may be eligible for the Graduate Work stream depending upon your qualification. More information is at www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx

If you have completed your course of study as per your CoE and your visa is still valid, you are allowed to continue your stay in Australia on a student visa until it expires without further study. Subclass 485 visa applications must be lodged within six months of the date of course completion. See www.immi.gov.au/Study/Pages/study-work-arrangements.aspx?heading=austral... for more information.

Hi Jen

If your sister is applying for the Post-Study Work stream, she must demonstrate competent English. In IELTS, this is an average score of 6. If she is applying for the Graduate Work stream, she is required to provide the department with a successful skills assessment test. More information is at www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx

Hi Raj

It sounds like you are not eligible for the Post-Study Work stream as you held your first student visa before 5 November 2011. However you may be eligible for the Graduate Work stream. Subclass 485 visa applications must be lodged within six months of the date of course completion. See www.immi.gov.au/Study/Pages/study-work-arrangements.aspx?heading=austral... for more information.

Hi Anna

The results of your English language test should be lodged with your application.

Hi Simat, you may be referring to the the Skilled — Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476), which is for engineering graduates. To apply for the 485 visa, applicants must be in Australia.

No, applicants must be in Australia to apply for this visa.

Hi Rainne. Certain students who have completed a diploma may be eligible for the Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa. See www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx for eligibility information.

Hi Rhogan and congratulations on your graduation.

There are some date restrictions for the timeframe within which you can apply and also eligibility for the Post-Study Work stream. See the ‘Visa applicants’ tab at www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx.

Hi Lucy - more information about the English language requirements can be found on our website. Expand the “Who is eligible for this visa” tab at www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx

Hi,
I have graduated in Advanced diploma In Electro technology in dec 2013 and left Australia in feb 2014. Now I wish to return back to Australia so am I eligible for a graduate visa, work visa etc. please recon some .....

Hi there, I'm currently on a Graduate Skilled 485 visa which is due to expire next March. What are my options after that if I wish to stay and work? Is the 485 renewable?

Is sponsorship the only way I can extend my work stay here?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Hi Uykhuong, We appreciate that each applicant wishes to have their application finalised as quickly as possible. We aim to process 75 per cent of applications within the service standards, however, each application presents with unique circumstances and some applications will take longer than average to finalise. For Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa processing times, see: www.immi.gov.au/about/charters/client-services-charter/visas/9.0.htm

Hi Muhammad - in the six months before you apply, you must meet the Australian study requirement. You meet this requirement if you can satisfy us that you have completed one or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications for award by an Australian educational institution as a result of a course(s):
• that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
• for which all instruction was conducted in English
• that were completed as a result of total of at least two academic years (92 weeks) study
• that were completed in a total of at least 16 calendar months
• that have been undertaken while you were in Australia as the holder of a visa authorising you to study.

English language proficiency courses or enabling programs cannot be used to meet the Australian study requirement. The subclass 485 page on our website has further details on eligibility and the application process: http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx

Hi Angelique, for information relating to eligibility requirements for the Temporary Graduate visa, please see the 'Visa Applicants' tab on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa webpage at http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx.

Hi Anjana, we appreciate that each applicant wishes to have their application finalised as quickly as possible. We aim to process 75 per cent of applications within the service standards, however, each application presents with unique circumstances and some applications will take longer than average to finalise. You can continue to keep track of your application online. Once it has been allocated to a case officer, the department will contact you. For Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa processing times, see: www.immi.gov.au/about/charters/client-services-charter/visas/9.0.htm

Hi Mohan, for information on the eligibility requirements for the Temporary Graduate visa, check out the Visa Applicants tab on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa webpage at http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx.

Hi Mike, for information on the eligibility requirements for the Temporary Graduate visa, check out the Visa Applicants tab on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa webpage at http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx.

This is an excellent way for eligible graduates to gain suitable work experience before applying for skilled migration.

It also allows time for a student to build relationships and ties to Australia that may be useful for integrating into Australia or applying for other visa categories.

Its confussing.

Website stated if you finish diploma you can apply for graduate visa. Can that be assessed too? Or graduate visa is for student who finished bachelors degree in university..

sounds awesome, I'm set to graduate this December are their any date restrictions in terms of when you started studying to be eligible?

I graduated from Australian university last year and I am now outside Australia, when I check this visa last year it was only eligible for some engineers.
Can I apply now??

Hello ! I hav been graduated from Bangalore India, I just want to know know that, I m going to apply fo masters degree in filmmakin in Australia ! So what process should I have to go through??

Does a year of study abroad in an Australian University computes for the The Australian study requirement?

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