The Graduate Skilled Visa (subclass 485) provides international students with the ability to temporarily live and work in Australia after completion of their Australian studies. This visa can be granted up to 4 years depending on the qualification studied (5 years for Hong Kong passport holders).
There are four streams: The Graduate Work Stream, the Post Study Work Stream, the Second Post Study Work Stream and the new Covid-19 Replacement Stream. Your eligibility depends on the level of qualification you have completed in Australia, and when you applied for, and were granted, your first student visa to Australia.
This stream is suited to international students who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations. They are entitled to a visa for up to 24 months.
You can apply for this visa in the Graduate Work stream if you:
Applications under the Graduate Work stream from 1st July 2022 to 30 June 2023, temporarily remove the requirement for a skilled occupation, closely related qualifications, and a skills assessment
This stream provides international students who have recently graduated with an eligible qualification a visa for up to 4 years depending on the qualification (automatic 5 years for Hong Kong passport holders).
You can apply for this visa in the Post Study Work Visa Stream if you:
The length of the visa granted depends on completion of:
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 will be granted and additional stay period of 1 or 2 Years depending on the:
If you lived and studied in a Category 2* regional area, you can be granted this visa for 1 year. If you lived and studied in a Category 3** regional area, you can be granted this visa for 2 years
* Category 2 – ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’ of Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart.
** Category 3 – ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas (Include Designated regional area postcodes as per the Designated regional area postcodes).
From 1 July 2022 and before 1 January 2027, current or former Temporary Graduate visa holders who lost time in Australia as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions have the opportunity to apply and obtain a replacement 485 Temporary Graduate Visa.
To be eligible, applicants must:
You will receive the same grant period as your previous visa, except:
At Alphabetz, we understand that the Graduate Skilled Visa application process can be stressful for everyone involved. For professional services, contact one of our qualified migration agents.
To find out whether you qualify for a skilled migration visa, get in touch with us through our contact form or call our Sydney office on +61 435 440 175.
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