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Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) - TR

Temporary Graduate 485 (TR) visa is for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution.

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) - TR

Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485

Live and Work in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Reservoir)

Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) lets you live, study and work in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Reservoir) temporarily after you have finished your studies. Students are able to access the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) only once as a primary applicant.

The visa has two streams:
  • Graduate Work Stream
  • Post-Study Work Stream

If you are applying as the main applicant, you and anybody else covered by the application must be in Australia when this visa is applied and decided.


The Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) has two streams:

Graduate Work Stream

  • Available to graduates with skills and qualifications relating to occupation listed on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
  • Visa valid for 18 months from the date of grant
  • Visa applicants who have completed trade qualification in Australia and are working in their nominated occupation can proceed with TRA – Job Ready Program to obtain a full skill assessment during 18 months.
  • Other Graduates can either complete a Professional Year or gain relevant one year of work experience to apply for skill assessment with relevant authority.

Post-Study work Stream

  • For international students who graduate with higher educational degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of field of study.
  • Visa can be granted for up to four years (from the date of grant) depending on the applicant’s qualification
    • 2 years: Completion of Bachelor’s Degree, Bachelor’s with Honors, Master’s by Coursework or Master’s (Extended)
    • 3 years: Master’s by Research
    • 4 years: Doctorate

Key Eligibility Requirements

English Language

You do not need to take the test if you hold a valid passport issued by certain country, or sat for any of the following English language test with required results in last two/three years (depending upon type of test) before apply for this visa.


Overall score of at least 6 with no band less than 5 Occupational English Test (OET): Score of at least ‘B’ in each component


Total score of at least 64 with minimum requirement for four test components

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Overall test score of at least 50 with minimum score of 36 in each component

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Overall test score of at least 169 with a minimum score of at least 154 in each of the four test components

Immigration Status

Hold an eligible visa, e.g., a valid student visa

Australian Study Requirement

Meet two years study requirement and complete eligible qualification within six months of applying for this visa.


Undergo medical examination depend on your personal circumstances Provide evidence of adequate health insurance unless your country has a eciprocal health care agreement with Australia.

Police Check

Character requirements – Australian Federal Police (AFP) certificate with evidence of having applied for Australian Federal Police check in the 12 months before applying for this visa.


You must be under 50-year-image of age.

Document List

  • Passport – Biographical pages of the current passports
  • Australian Student Visa and any other visas – Visa grant notification (PDF)
  • Birth certificate – Birth certificate showing both parents’ names
  • Passport-sized photo
  • Certificate of Change of Name (if applicable) Documents of relationship (if applicable)
  • AFP – National Police Check by Australian Federal Police
  • Overseas No Criminal Record (if required by case officer)
  • Visa Health Examination
  • English Language Ability – IELTS, TOEFL iBT or Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • Health Insurance for 485 visa
  • Australian Qualification – Completion letters with started and ended dates and official academic transcripts


Please note that the above-mentioned is not an exhaustive list of requirements. This content is for general information purposes only, it is not immigration advice and must not be construed as such. While due care has been taken to ensure that the content is kept up-to-date and correct, the currency and thus accuracy of the information cannot be guarantee due to the frequent changes in migration law.
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FAQs About Temporary Graduate Visa

A temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) give rights to international students to reside, study, and work in Australia after completing their education.
With subclass 485 visa, you are allowed to stay in the country from 18 months to 4 years. However, the duration of your stay will depend on the stream you applied and qualifications.
Yes, you are allowed to apply for permanent residency after being a holder of a temporary graduate visa in Australia. But, there is a condition that you must meet the visa’s eligibility criteria.
No, you cannot extend the temporary graduate visa; however, you can apply for another visa if you meet the eligibility.
As the primary candidate, you can only apply for Australian temporary graduate visa one time.