A temporary visa that allows international students to live, study and work after they have finished their 2 years study from an Australian University or Institute.
What are the different streams available for this visa?
Major changes since Covid – 19 and updates:
SC 485 and Covid-19 changes:
The new COVID-19 Concessions for SC 485 (TR) are to ensure applicants are not disadvantaged by circumstances beyond their control, including border closures, restrictions imposed on businesses and the general economic downturn related to COVID-19. The concession period starts from 01 February 2020. The subsequent entrant maybe onshore or offshore for lodgement as well as grant.
The new changes are:
The Skilled – Recognised Graduate subclass 476 visa allows recent engineering graduates of recognised institutions to gain up to 18 months of skilled work experience
It is a good way to work in Australia to improve your chances of becoming eligible for a permanent or provisional skilled visa.
You must provide evidence of your English language ability at date of lodgement by showing one of the following:
You must have completed a qualification at most 2 years prior to lodgement. The qualification must be:
Your qualification must contain a major sequence of study or specialisation in engineering, such as:
Washington Accord institutions
Any institution offering an Engineering qualification accredited under the Washington Accord is a recognised institution. The Washington Accord is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes. It recognises the substantial equivalency of programmes accredited by those bodies and recommends that graduates of programmes accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognised by the other bodies as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering.
Do I Apply in Australia or Overseas?
Unless the main applicant is an NZ citizen, all applicants must be outside Australia when the visa application is granted.
You can be in Australia when the application is lodged but must depart Australia for visa grant.
As a result, no bridging visa is issued in general.
Including Family Members
You can include the following types of family members in your application:
If you already hold a 476 visa, you can apply for family members to join you in Australia on 485 visas.
Duration and Conditions
Valid for 18 months from the date of first entry to Australia.
You must maintain private health insurance whilst on a recognised graduate visa.
There are 2 streams in Temporary Graduate Visa –
Stream 1: Graduate work stream – Anyone who applies SC 485 Graduate work stream will get the visa granted for up to 18 months
Stream 2: Post Study Work Stream – A person who had their first student visa grated after 5th November 2011 can be eligible to apply for this visa. This visa is valid for upto 2 years from the date of grant.
Any person who completed PhD and applied for SC 485 visa will get the visa for 4 years.
Depends on the processing time of when you apply bit since COvid-19 the processing times for SC485 has varies and can be granted within 9 to 14 months from the date of lodgement.
You can apply for SC 485 only once as Primary Applicant. If you have studied in a regional area and applied for SC485 visa then you are eligible to apply for extension of upto 2 years.
For the secondary applicants of the SC 485 regional extension holder they cannot apply for SC 485 again as a Primary Visa holder.
You can extend it you have studied in a regional area and applying for SC 485 after completing 2 years study in regional Australia.
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