Temporary Graduate Visa (485 & 476)

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Temporary Graduate Visa 485

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?

  1. Graduate Work Stream
  2. Post Graduate work stream
  3. Second Post Study Work Stream

Graduate Work Stream Visa

  • This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that are relevant to specific occupations that Australia needs. It lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Graduates impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions are now able to apply for and be granted a Temporary Graduate visa outside Australia – they must hold or have held a Student visa in the past 12 months to apply.
  • ​​​​​​​​​You can work in Australia
  • Have a qualification relevant to an occupation on the skilled occupation list
  • Applicant must have a skills assessment to be eligible to apply this visa
  • You can bring your family with you
  • The visa in this stream is only valid for 18 months
  • Hong Kong passport holders can get this visa for upto 5 years
  • The fees to apply this visa for the applicant is AUD $1,650 .00 plus the department surcharge of 1.4%

Post Graduate Work Stream

  • This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with a degree from an Australian institution. It lets you live, work and study in Australia, temporarily.
  • Graduates impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions are now able to apply for and be granted a Temporary Graduate visa outside Australia – they must hold or have held a Student visa in the past 12 months to apply.
  • You can work in Australia
  • You can bring your family with you
  • You need a recent degree a CRICOS-registered course
  • This Visa is valid for 2 years
  • Hong Kong passport holders can get this visa for upto 5 years
  • The fees to apply this visa for the applicant is AUD $1,650 .00 plus the department surcharge of 1.4%

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.
  • Usually between 1 and 2 years depending on:
  • the regional location of the educational institution that you graduated from that led to the grant of your first Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream
  • the regional area that you live in as the holder of your first Temporary Graduate visa post-study work stream
  • Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years.

Eligibility

you must:

  • be under 50 years of age
  • hold an eligible visa
  • have held a student visa in the last 6 months
  • have a recent qualification in a CRICOS-registered course
  • nominate one stream only – it is not possible to change visa streams after you apply
  • attach specified evidence when you apply

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:

  • allow applicants to apply for, and be granted, a Subclass 485 visa while outside Australia during a concession period;
  • allow applications to be made outside Australia during a concession period without the usual requirement to have held a student visa within the six month period immediately before making the application; and
  • extend the period to meet the Australian Study Requirement (i.e. the period between completing study and applying for the Subclass 485 visa), from six months to 12 months for applicants prevented from returning to Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa 476

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.

Eligibility

You must:

  • be under 31 years of age
  • have completed an engineering degree at a recognised institution in the past two years
  • Not have been the primary visa holders of a subclass 476 or 485 visa.

Cost:

  • From AUD 365

English

You must provide evidence of your English language ability at date of lodgement by showing one of the following:

  • Hold a passport from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or New Zealand; or
  • IELTS (Academic or General Training): overall average of 6 and at least 5 in each band; or
  • Occupational English Test (OET): B Pass in each band; or
  • Pearson (PTE Academic): overall average of 50 with at least 36 in each band; or
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): total score of 64, with at least 4 in Listening and Reading, and at least 14 in Writing and Speaking; or
  • Cambridge (CAE): 169 overall average with at least 154 in each band.

 

Qualifications

You must have completed a qualification at most 2 years prior to lodgement. The qualification must be:

  • Bachelor degree
  • Master degree
  • Doctoral degree
  • Postgraduate diploma.

 

Your qualification must contain a major sequence of study or specialisation in engineering, such as:

  • Civil engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Electrical and electronics engineering
  • Mechanical, production and plant engineering
  • Mining and material engineering.
Eligible Institutions

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:

  • Spouses, defacto partners and same-sex partners
  • Dependent children

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.

Temporary Graduate Visa - FAQs

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.

  1. How long is Temporary Graduate Visa in Australia?
    • 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.

  2. How long does it take to get Temporary Graduate Visa?
    • 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.

  3. Can I get Temporary Graduate Visa twice?
    • 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.

  4. Can I extend Graduate Visa?
    • 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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