Post Graduate visa options for you in Australia

Post Graduate visa options for you in Australia

Getting a quality education and a renowned degree is no doubt very important for one’s career. Australia is very famous for a number of international students who come to study in Australia to earn renowned degrees. But what are the options for people who have graduated from an Australian institution? What if they want to study more in Australia? What if they want to work in Australia and want to gain experience in an Australian workplace? Well, there are several options for people in this situation. There are different Post Graduate visa subclasses that help recent graduates to come to Australia for study & work.


Australia is a very famous destination for education among international students and it receives hundreds of thousands of students every year on study visa.  These international students come from Australia to study in some of the best institutes in the world and to earn a renowned degree that makes the foundation of their career very strong.


In this article, we will discuss Post Graduate visa subclasses. These are given as below:


The details of Post Graduate visa are given as below:


Temporary graduate visa subclass 485

The visa subclass permits a recent international graduate from an Australian institution to come to Australia and work and study there. The time allocated by this visa depends on the stream of this visa subclass:


This visa has the following subclasses:


These streams are discussed as below:

Graduate workstream

This visa is for students who have recently completed at least 92 CRICOS weeks of vocational training in Australia. This visa allows them to study and work in Australia for 18 months. The major reason behind this visa is to meet the shortage of skills in some occupations in the Australian market that can be filled by the skills of these recent graduates.


Eligibility criteria:

Following are the conditions to be fulfilled by the applicant:

  • The applicant must not be more than 50 years of age
  • Should be holding an Australian study visa
  • The applicant should have completed vocational training that is registered by CRICOS
  • Must be English competent
  • Should belong to an occupation listed in the relevant occupational list
  • Satisfy all health and character requirements

Post-study stream

This visa stream allows its holder to live, work and study in Australia after completing 92 CRICOS weeks of higher education degree.

The applicant who has completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree gets 2 years of stay. The ones who have done masters by research get 3 years and the Ph.D. degree holders get 4 years of stay in Australia under this visa.


Eligibility criteria:

The applicant of this visa should satisfy the following conditions

  • The applicant must not be more than 50 years of age
  • Should have recently completed a CRICOS registered higher educational degree
  • Must be English competent
  • The applicant should be holding an Australian study visa
  • Should fulfill all health and character requirements.

Skilled recognized graduate visa subclass 476

This post graduate visa subclass 476 is specially designed for recent engineering graduates. It allows these recent graduates who have completed their engineering degrees from specific educational institutions in Australia who come under Washington accord to live, study and work in Australia. The visa is granted for 18 months.


Eligibility condition for subclass 476

Following conditions are required to be fulfilled to be eligible for this visa subclass

  • The applicant must be a recent graduate in the field of engineering with one of the following degrees:
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Master’s degree
    • Ph.D. degree
    • Postgraduate diploma
  • Should have completed a degree in one of the following discipline
    • Civil engineering
    • Mining and Material engineering
    • Chemical engineering
    • Electrical engineering
    • Structural engineering
    • Environment engineering
    • Electronic engineering
    • Mechanical, Production and Plant engineering
  • The age of the applicant must be under 31
  • All the health and character requirements are needed to be satisfied
  • Should be English proficient
  • Must not have held subclass 476 or subclass 485 formally


What does this visa entitle you to?

Here are the things one gets entitled to:

  • There is no condition to be onshore or offshore at the time of application for this visa subclass
  • Through this visa, one can live in Australia for up to 18 months
  • one can study in Australia
  • one can also work in Australia on this visa subclass
  • The family member that is the spouse or dependent child can also be included in this visa.
  • Travel to and from Australia whenever you like

Temporary skill shortage visa subclass 482

This visa subclass 482 allows an employer to sponsor an employee from outside Australia on the condition that is he or she is unable to find suitable talent for a particular job in Australia at that time.

This visa is introduced to fill the void of a particular talent in the Australian market. This is a temporary visa that is granted for the period in which this certain talent void is expected to be finished.


This visa has the following streams:


Here we will discuss these streams in detail so that you can understand each stream properly and can comprehend the differences between each of these streams

Subclass 482 Short-term Stream

This Post Graduate visa allows the employer to nominate employees from overseas who belong to the occupation listed in the short-term occupation list. This visa is usually granted for 2-4 years.


Eligibility criteria:

Following are the conditions for subclass 485 short-term stream

  • Applicant must belong to the occupation present in the short-term occupation list
  • Should have at least two years of work experience in relevant field
  • Must get his or her skill assessed by an eligible assessing authority
  • Get sponsored by an eligible employer
  • Skill assessment result should be positive
  • Should be English competent
  • Satisfy health and character requirements

Subclass 482 Medium-term Stream

This post graduate visa is for the skilled individuals whose occupation lies in medium-term or long-term occupation list and they get sponsor by an eligible employer to come and do a particular in Australia. The time granted under this visa is usually 4 years.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicant must belong to the occupation present in medium or long term occupational list or regional occupational list
  • Should have at least two years of work experience in relevant field
  • Must get his or her skill assessed by an eligible assessing authority
  • Get sponsored by an eligible employer
  • Skill assessment result should be positive
  • Should be English competent
  • Satisfy health and character requirements


Labour Agreement Stream

This visa permits the employer with a valid labour agreement to sponsor employees from overseas. Under this visa, the holder can live and work in Australia for four years or until the terms of labour agreement allows him or her to.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicant must be sponsored by an employer who has a labour agreement
  • Should know enough English as directed by the terms of the labour agreement
  • Must have a positive skill assessment result
  • Should meet all health and character requirements


How can these Post Graduate visa subclasses benefit you in Australia?

These visa subclass can prove to have a lot of benefits for you in Australia. Let’s have a look at a few of those:

  • Through these visas, one can come to Australia and work there. By working in Australia the holders of these visa subclasses get a chance to learn the norms and culture of the Australian workplace.
  • It also gives them work experience which can add to their skills and groom their talents.
  • In the time granted by these visas, one can make useful contacts in their occupation-related circle which can assist a person big time in the future.
  • One can sign in to different programs like job-ready program and professional year program, etc. which can make his or her PR application stronger.
  • During the time granted by one of these visas, one can research in different ways, programs and visa subclasses through which he or she can make the pathway to Australian PR easier and faster.


This was all about the Post Graduate visa subclasses one can apply for after graduating. And various benefits they have for their holders. These visa subclasses can benefit one’s career in several ways and can also make the dream of Australian PR true for some.


The Migration is an Australian visa consultancy firm that is famous for providing the best and accurate visa advice. So if you want information about TSS visa subclass 482, subclass 485 or subclass 476, consult with the Migration who can help you with all your visa-related questions and queries.

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I’m Nasir Nawaz. I’m a registered migration consultant in Australia. I am based in Sydney. I’ve studied Master of Laws at the University of New South Wales. I’m providing immigration services for several years.

Consult with me for legal advice on Australian visas to permanently live, study, and work in Australia.