Temporary Graduate Visa 485

The Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa is a work visa for international students who have completed 2 years of study in Australia.

Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Visa categories:

Post Study Work Stream: commonly referred to as the Post Study Work Visa (PSWV). This eligibility stream was introduced in March 2013 for students applying for their first student visa after 5 November 2011. The Graduate Work Stream: criteria are similar to the 485 Graduate Skilled visa as it was prior to March 2013.


The main applicant must be under 50 at the date of lodgement.


The main applicant must demonstrate their English language ability, either through holding certain types of passport or by undertaking an English test. Evidence of threshold English must be provided at date of lodgement
Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Visa

Study in Australia

You must meet the 2 year study requirement and have completed qualifications within six months of applying for the visa.

Including Family Members

Spouses, defacto partners, same-sex partners and Dependent children If you already hold a 485 visa, you can apply for family members to join you in Australia on 485 visas.

Duration and Conditions

Gradate Work stream visas are valid for 18 months from the date of grant of the application. Duration of the PSWV depends on which qualification has been completed in Australia as follows: 2 years: completion of Bachelor Degree, Bachelor with Honours, Masters by Coursework or Masters (Extended) 3 years: Masters by Research 4 years: Doctorate

Second Post Study work Stream

Immigration has announced that from 16 November 2019, international students who complete their studies at regional universities will be eligible for longer 485 visas. The additional time will depend on where the studies were undertaken. 1 year: Study completed in Regional cities and major regional centres 2 years: Study completed in Regional centres and other regional areas