Temporary Graduate 485 Visa Checklist - A Complete Guide!

Temporary Graduate 485 Visa Checklist – A Complete Guide!

Australia is among those few countries which allow overseas students to work while studying. It offers a Temporary Graduate Visa to international students who’ve recently graduated. If you want to stay for more period after completing studies in Australia, then 485 Visa is for you. If you’re planning to apply for Visa 485, you must complete the 485 visa checklist.


So, let’s get into the details of Temporary Graduate Visa 485.


Temporary Graduate Visa 485

A Temporary Graduate Visa 485 is for international students who’ve been graduated in Australia recently. International students with skills and qualifications can apply for Visa 485. It’s a temporary visa. You can live, work and study in Australia for 24 months with visa 485.


The stay period is usually 18 months on visa 485. It has recently been increased to 24 months for visas granted from the 1st of December 2021. However, this extension in the stay period is temporary. While Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders can stay for up to 5 years in Australia. If you’re from Hong Kong and want to apply for visa 485, book a consultation with our consultancy firm.


Visa 485 costs around AUD 1,680. It allows you to bring your family members to Australia. Though, there’ll be separate charges for each family member who applies with you. Visa 485 offers a multiple travel facility as well. As long as your visa is valid, you can travel to and from Australia as often as you like.


Which Documents Do I Need to Complete 485 Visa Checklist?

The Department of Home Affairs asks for particular documents to submit with a 485 visa application. You’ve to provide the required documents to support your visa application.


To complete the 485 visa checklist, you must provide;

  • Evidence of your study, skills assessment and qualification
  • National identity card
  • Proof of change of a name. It may include your marriage or death certificate.
  • A completion letter from your education provider in Australia. This letter includes the CRICOS code of your education provider and the starting and ending date of your course.
  • Certified copy of your course transcript
  • Documents to prove English language proficiency. You must qualify for English test such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, or OET. You must undertake the English test within 3 years before applying for visa 485. You don’t need to provide evidence of the English language if you’re from Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the United States, or the Republic of Ireland.
  • Skills assessment for your nominated occupation from a relevant skills assessment authority.
  • Proof of your health insurance which must cover you during your whole stay period in Australia. You must also provide evidence of your enrollment with Medicare. Further, a signed letter from your health insurance provider is also required.
  • Character documents if you’re above 16 years of age. You must prove that you’ve applied for an Australian Federal Police check within the last 12 months before applying for visa 485.


How to Prepare Documents for 485 visa Checklist?

Your non-English documents must be translated into English. The translators for your documents must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. However, translators outside Australia aren’t required to be accredited.


They need to provide their full name, address, contact number, qualification and experience in each translation. These details must be in English. Furthermore, applicants are advised to scan or photograph all of their documents in color. The photographs and scans should be clear.


Cost of Temporary Graduate Visa 485

You must be aware of the cost associated with a particular stream of the Visa 485 before applying for it. Consider your application for the Graduate Work Stream. You will then be required to pay a sum of AUD 1,650.


Similar to that, applicants for the 485 Post-Study Work Stream must also pay AUD 1,650. You must pay AUD 650 for the Second Post-Study Work Stream as well. In addition, there may be some extra fees associated with fulfilling a few other conditions. These comprise your biometrics, police records, health evaluations, etc.


The Cost of a Temporary Graduate Visa for family members

There will be an extra cost for each member of your family that you include in your visa application. After your visa has been accepted, any additional family members must pay the full application fee for the Visa 485.


Who can Apply for Visa 485?

If you want to be eligible for visa 485, you must;

  • Below 50 years of age
  • Have held a Student Visa 500 within the last 6 months before applying for visa 485
  • Meet the study requirements of Australia.
  • Be enrolled in a CRICOS-registered course.
  • Possess skills and qualifications required by Australia
  • Provide English language proficiency by scoring in IELTS, OET, TOEFL, or PTE. Or else, you can show a passport from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the Republic of Ireland
  • Hold adequate health insurance.
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Sign the Australian Values Statement to acknowledge your commitment to respect Australian laws.
  • Not owe money to the Australian Government. If there’re any debts so, you must have arranged to pay them back.
  • Not have had a visa refusal before applying to visa 485.



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Can I Extend my 485 Visa?

No, you can’t get 485 Visa Extension after its expiry date. It’s not possible to stay longer in Australia by extending this visa. Though, you can apply for other skilled visas to stay and work in Australia. Moreover, existing and future 485 visa holders from Hong Kong will be eligible for PR in Australia after 5 years.


485 Visa Checklist – Final Thoughts

Australia is home to top-rated education institutes. Thousands of international students choose to study and work in Australia. It offers a Temporary Graduate Visa to overseas students who’re graduated in Australia. International students can apply for visa 485 to work in Australia after completing their studies. Though, they must complete the 485 visa checklist to lodge an application for visa 485.


A Temporary Graduate Visa is a perfect way to start your career in Australia. As you’ve recently graduated, you can find employment relevant to your field in Australia. Visa 485 allows you to work in Australia. Therefore, you can work on your skills and later apply for a Skilled Visa in Australia.


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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.