The Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Visa offers a great opportunity for recently graduated international students to gain valuable work experience after completing their studies. This work experience helps develop the skills graduates gained during their studies and also makes them more employable upon return to their home country.
We wrote in May about the post-study work arrangements available for international students , however It is important to note that visa applicants need to meet a number of eligibility requirements to be granted the temporary graduate visa.
It’s also important to note that if the visa is granted, temporary graduate visa holders are responsible for finding their own employment.
Applying for the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Visa
Many international students make a decision to apply for the temporary graduate visa upon completion of their studies. Graduates can apply for this visa up to six months after completion of their studies.
There is no guarantee that, on the basis of having previously held a student visa, the applicant will meet the requirements to be granted a temporary graduate visa.
Any decision to apply for a temporary graduate visa is an entirely separate process to a student visa application. Depending on their individual circumstances, applicants may be eligible to apply for a temporary graduate visa through either the graduate work stream or the post-study work stream.
Who Can Apply for the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Visa?
For detailed information on the eligibility requirements for the temporary graduate visa, check out the Who Can Apply tab on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa webpage (Opens in a new page).
To summarise though
You can apply for the temporary graduate (subclass 485) visa if you:
- are younger than 50 years of age
- are in Australia
- hold an eligible visa
- have at least competent English
- meet the two year Australian study requirement in the last six months
- meet health and character requirements
- have health insurance in Australia
- meet the specific requirements of the stream in which you are applying for this visa.
Finding a job
The temporary graduate visa allows recent graduates to spend time in Australia to gain practical work experience to accompany their Australian qualification(s). There are no restrictions on the type of employment that the temporary graduate visa holder may choose to undertake.
It is important to note though that finding a job in Australia is the responsibility of the temporary graduate visa holder and the Australian government is not responsible for arranging employment.
There are a heap of online resources and job sites that can help you find work in Australia and in the first instance we’d recommend you check out are article ‘jobs in Australia’ which covers the main job boards and websites available.