Guide to applying for a Subclass 485 Visa

A WESTERN AUSTRALIAN
STUDENT'S GUIDE
TO THE SUBCLASS 485 VISA

This Student’s Guide is for international students studying at a Western Australian college or university and for international graduates of WA’s colleges and universities.

If you are an international student and have recently completed your studies, you may wish to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).

 The 485 visa has two streams:  

       1. Graduate Work stream

       2. Post-Study Work stream 

If you wish to apply for a subclass 485 visa, consider taking the following STEPS:

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A STEP BY STEP GUIDE ... to working it out!

1. Graduate Work Stream

The Graduate Work Stream is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that are relevant to a specific set of occupations. This stream will usually be relevant to international students with Cert III, Cert IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level qualifications. 

STEP 1 -

Check the basic eligibility requirements for the subclass 485 visa on the Department of Home Affairs website.

STEP 2 -

Check whether your course is a CRICOS-registered course. 

STEP 3 -

Check whether you can meet the Australian study requirement.

STEP 4 -

Check the Department of Home Affairs Skilled Occupation List to see whether your “nominated occupation” is on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Your occupation MUST be listed on the MLTSSL in order to apply for a subclass 485 visa.

STEP 5 -

Check whether you can meet the skills assessment requirements for your occupation. The assessing authorities are listed on the Skilled Occupation List.

STEP 6 -

Check which documents are required in support of your visa application. 

STEP 7 -

Check how to apply for a subclass 485 visa on the Department of Home Affairs website.

STEP 8 -

A surprising number of subclass 485 visa applications are refused. A common ground for refusal is not meeting the basic eligibility criteria and not attaching the required documents at the time the visa application is submitted.

If you wish to manage the visa application process yourself, consider consulting with an experienced registered migration agent or migration lawyer to ensure that you are eligible to apply for a 485 visa.

2. Post-Study Work Stream

The post study work stream is for international students who have recently graduated with a degree from an Australian University or other approved educational establishment. 

STEP 1 -

Check the basic eligibility requirements for the subclass 485 visa on the Department of Home Affairs website.

STEP 2 -

Check whether your course is a CRICOS-registered course. 

STEP 3 -

Check whether you can meet the Australian Study Requirement.

STEP 4 -

Check which documents are required in support of your visa application.

STEP 5 -

Check how to apply for a subclass 485 visa on the Department of Home Affairs website.

STEP 6 -

A surprising number of visa applications are refused. A common ground for refusal is not meeting the basic eligibility criteria and not attaching the required documents at the time the visa application is submitted.

If you wish to manage the visa application process yourself, consider consulting with an experienced registered migration agent or migration lawyer to ensure that you are eligible to apply for a 485 visa.

GOOD LUCK!

Disclaimer: This Student’s Guide is provided as general information only and must not be used as migration advice. Each visa applicant’s circumstances are unique. If you need migration advice, consider booking a consultation with an experienced Western Australian registered migration consultant or migration lawyer with an excellent subclass 485 visa success rate. 

Benjamin Franklin once said “Failing to Plan is planning to fail.” When it comes to your visa application, it’s important to plan well!

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