Post-Study Work Visa – Stay for a further 2 years!

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s new Temporary Graduate Visa enables those who have completed two academic years of study in Australia to remain in Australia for a further 24 months, or in some cases, up to 4 years.

Introducing the new Post-Study Work Visa Stream

The Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) now has a post-study work stream which has these following advantages:

  • No skills assessment required
  • No work experience required
  • Don’t need to have an occupation on the Skilled Occupation Lists
  • No SkillSelect invitation required
  • No sponsorship required
  • Can include family members in most situations
  • Full work rights

A minimum requirement of this visa is that you must have completed at least 2 Academic Years of study in a CRICOS registered course.  You must also have completed that course in the past 6 months prior to lodgement of your visa application.

Furthermore, you must have applied and been granted your first student visa on or after 1 November 2011.

If your visa was granted before this date, you need to apply for the Graduate Work stream which requires a skills assessment in an eligible nominated occupation.

How long can I stay in Australia for the Post Study Work Stream?

  • Valid for 2 years if you completed a Bachelor degree, Masters by coursework or Masters (Extended) degree
  • Valid for 3 years if you completed a Masters by Research degree
  • Valid for 4 Years if you completed a Doctoral degree

Want to apply or find out more?

Contact our registered migration agents in Sydney for further information.