Are you an international student looking for a visa to live and work in Australia? Each year around 180,000 international students begin tertiary studies in Australia. For many, the allure of a strong employment market, pleasant climate and staying in touch with new friends are good reasons for wanting to extend their stay down under.
Fortunately, the Department of Home Affairs offers Temporary Graduate visa 485, which allows graduates to work for varying durations based on their tertiary education.
International students completing a degree at an Australian university or accredited tertiary education institution can apply. This costs around AUD 1,500 or more (depending on if you bring family). The duration is based on the level of education achieved rather than the study discipline, as per the table below.
|Degree type||Length of visa|
|Bachelor degree||2 years|
|Graduate certificate||Not eligible|
|Graduate diploma||Not eligible|
|Master degree||3 years|
|Doctorate / PHD||4 years|
International students completing any of these qualifications in Australia can apply for their post-study work visa here. It’s important to note that graduate certificates and graduate diplomas do not qualify students for this visa.
Unlike the 457 temporary work visa available to most people, this one is available to graduates without the need for an employer’s sponsorship. Students who have studied anywhere in the world and have skills Australia currently lacks can get an 18 month work visa for around AUD 1,500 depending on if they bring family. They must nominate a skilled occupation and then meet the relevant study requirement for that occupation (see list below).
Acceptable example: Nominating ‘accountant’ as your occupation and holding a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).
Unacceptable example: Nominating ‘civil engineer’ as you occupation and holding a Bachelor of Laws.
This stream has a shorter duration, but is open to more qualifications.
|Degree type||Eligible for Graduate Work stream?|
|Certificate III or higher||Yes|
International students can apply here to get their visa.
Eligible occupations for the Graduate Work stream 485 visa: