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Subclass 485, is a temporary graduate visa which allows the international students to live and work in Australia after the completion of the studies. The applicants can apply for this visa, within six months of the completion of the course, and the applicants must still be the holder of a student visa. To apply for this visa subclass, the applicant must be under 50 years of age.

This visa has two streams

  • Graduate Work Stream
  • Post-study Work Stream

Graduate Work Stream:

This stream is for the applicants who have applied for the student visa prior to 5th Nov 2011. The applicants can apply for this visa for a period of 18 months after the completion of the course.

To meet the study requirement, the applicant must have been awarded at least one degree, diploma or trade course qualification which has to be a

  • CRICOS registered course
  • The course was completed in English
  • Has completed two academic years study that is 92 weeks and was physically present in Australia for 16 calendar months to complete the course.

The other main criteria to apply for this visa subclass is to have a closely related occupation from the long term occupation list.  The applicant needs to have a positive skill assessment and has to meet the English language requirements.

Post-Study Work Stream:

This stream is for the applicants who have applied for their first student visa after 5th Nov 2011. The length of the stay depends on the level of Australian study qualification ranging from a period of 2 to four years.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (including honours) – 2 years
  • Bachelor’s degree (study in regional Australia) – 3 years
  • Masters by Coursework – 2 years
  • Masters by Research – 3 years
  • Doctoral Degree – 4 years

Professional Year Program

The professional year program is a job-ready program for international Australian applicants to gain work experience of Australia and training.

The professional year programs are available for IT-related and engineering degree and for accounting professionals.

PYP doesn’t only help you in getting trained at the workplace but also assists you in gaining extra five points towards the skilled migration program.

If you are interested to know more about the professional program or to check your eligibility for subclass 485, send us your details to ausmigration@sanjicaldera.com