Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) Second Post-Study Work Stream

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  1. 485 Second Post-Study Work Stream Visa Length
  2. 485 Second Post-Study Work Stream Visa Costs
  3. 485 Second Post-Study Work Stream Visa Eligibility
  4. 485 Second Post-Study Work Stream Visa Checklists

1. How long can you stay

The length of your stay in Australia with this temporary visa will depend on where you studied and graduated from as the holder of a student visa and where you live as the holder of your first Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream.

If you:

  • studied and live in Category 2 area (1 year)
  • studied and live in Category 3 area (2 years)

See: Designated regional area.

Hong Kong passport holders can stay up to 5 years.

To stay further in Australia after this visa, you might be eligible for other skilled work visas.

2. Visa application fee:

AUD 745 for the primary applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

Subsequent entrants must pay the full visa application charge.

The subclass 485 visa is exempt from the subsequent Temporary Application Charge.

Other Costs

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks or police certificates and biometrics.

3. Eligibility

Age:

You must be under 50 years of age.

Studied, worked or lived in a designated regional area

You must have obtained your qualification that led to the grant of your first Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream, from an Australian education provider who is registered on CRICOS and offer degree-level programs. The campus that you studied at must have been based in a designated regional area.

See: Lived in designated regional area for 2 years.

You must have lived only in a designated regional area for a period of at least 2 years immediately before applying for the second Temporary Graduate post-study work stream visa. To do this, show the Department of Home Affairs evidence that in the last 2 years, you resided in a designated regional area.

Designated regional areas are divided into two categories:

Category 2 “Cities and Major Regional Centres”

and Category 3 “Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas”.

If you have lived only in a Category 2 area, you can only be granted an additional 1-year visa.

If you have lived only in a Category 3 area, you can only be granted an additional 2-year visa.

If you have moved between categories, you will be considered for the shorter visa.

If you have been away from your usual residence for a holiday or short work trip, it will not change the way the Department assesses your usual residence.

The table below provides a guide on the residence and study requirements for the second Temporary Graduate post-study work stream visa.

Residence location

on first subclass 485 in the post-study work stream

Study location on student visa Visa length for second 485 post-study work stream visa
Category 1 – Major cities:

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne (Non-Regional)

N/A Not eligible
Category 2 – Designated city

or major regional centre

Category 1 – Major cities:

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne (Non-Regional)

Not eligible
Category 2 – Designated city

or major regional centre

Category 2 – Designated city

or major regional centre

1 extra year
Category 2 – Designated city

or major regional centre

Category 3 – Regional centre or other regional area:

(All other locations)

1 extra year
Category 3 – Regional Centre or other regional Area:

(All other locations)

Category 1 – Major cities:

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne (Non-Regional)

Not eligible
Category 3 – Regional centre or other regional area:

(All other locations)

Category 2 – Designated city

or major regional centre

1 extra year
Category 3 – Regional centre or other regional area:

(All other locations)

Category 3 – Regional centre or other regional area:

(All other locations)

2 extra year

If you worked and/or studied while you held your first Temporary Graduate post-study work stream visa, the work and study must have been in the designated regional area.

You may be asked to provide further information or evidence of your work or study.

Health insurance

You must have adequate health cover for the whole of your stay to be granted this visa. Your cover should cover you for medically necessary treatment, including transport. Medical insurance helps limit your financial liability.

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreements.

Health and Character

You and any family who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

You and any family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa must meet our character requirement.

Visa Record

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.  Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.

4. Checklists

Identity documents
  • the pages of your current passport showing your photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiry dates.
  • a national identity card, if you have one
  • proof of change of name

Documents that prove a change of name include:

  • a marriage or divorce certificate
  • change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant overseas authority
  • documents that show other names you have been known by
Residence documents

You need to show the Department of Home Affairs that you have lived for at least 2 years in the period immediately before you lodge your application, in a designated regional area.

This evidence should show the Department:

  • that you lived in a designated regional area since at least 2 years before you lodge the application for the second Temporary Graduate post-study work stream visa
  • that you continued to live in the designated regional area throughout this 2-year period
  • that you continue to live in a designated regional area

Evidence of residence could include copies of documents in your name such as:

  • driver’s licence
  • utility bills
  • mortgage documents or tenancy agreements
  • bank statements
  • documents relating to your children’s schooling
 Work and study documents

If you have worked and/or studied while living in a designated regional area while you held your first Temporary Graduate post-study work stream visa, you may wish to provide evidence that the work and/or study was done in the designated regional area.

Health insurance documents

You must prove that you have adequate health insurance in Australia. Provide:

  • a signed letter from a health insurance provider
  • evidence of health insurance
Character documents

If requested complete and provide the following forms:

If requested, you may also need to provide:

  • an overseas police certificate from every country, including your home country, where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since you turned 16
  • military service records or discharge papers if you served in the armed forces of any country
Partner documents

Provide your partner’s following document if your partner is applying with you:

  • identity documents
  • character documents
  • documents about other family members, if applicable

If you are married, provide your marriage certificate or other evidence that your marriage is valid in Australia.

If you are a de facto partner, provide proof of your de facto relationship.

This proof should show that:

  • you have a mutual commitment with your partner to the exclusion of all others
  • your relationship is genuine and continuing
  • you either live together or don’t live permanently apart
  • you are not related by family

For a de facto relationship, please also provide evidence that:

  • you have been in your de facto relationship for at least 12 months before you applied for this visa, or
  • if applicable, provide evidence that your relationship is registered by a participating Australian state or territory
Dependants under 18 documents

For every dependant 18 years old or younger who is applying with you, provide:

  1. copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents of all your dependent children
  2. copies of the adoption paper, if applicable
  3. parental responsibility documents

You must get consent for any applicant under 18 years of age to migrate to Australia from anyone who:

  • has a legal right to decide where the child lives and
  • is not coming to Australia with the child

They must complete either:

Alternatively, you can show the Department of Home Affairs:

  • an Australian court order that allows your child to migrate to Australia, or
  • that the laws of your home country allow them to migrate

Include:

  • an identity document that shows the signature and photo of the person who completed the form or declaration, such as a passport or driver’s licence
  • adoption papers or other court documents if applicable
Dependants over 18 documents

To include your child who is over 18 in your visa application, they must be:

  • over 18 years of age but not yet turned 23, and dependent on you or your partner, or
  • over 23 years of age and unable to earn a living to support themselves due to physical or cognitive limitations and dependent on you or your partner

If your child is likely to turn 23 while your application is being processed, you will need to provide evidence they are dependent on you due to disability.

Provide:

  • a copy of their birth certificate to prove their relationship to you
  • documents about their other relationships, if applicable
  • identity documents
  • character documents

You must also provide proof the child is dependent on you.

  • proof of your relationship with the dependant such as a birth certificate or adoption papers
  • a completed Form 47a Details of a child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over (307KB PDF)
  • proof of financial dependency such as bank statements, money transfers and rent receipts
  • if the child is aged 23 or is likely to turn 23 while your application is being processed, you must also provide a report from a qualified medical practitioner that states they are dependent on you or your partner due to the total or partial loss of their bodily or mental functions
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