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Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485)

485 Visa Checklist, Processing Time, Eligibility, Estimated Fees & More!


The temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) allows you to remain in Australia to live, study or work after you have finished your studies. The visa has two streams: Graduate Work stream and Post-Study Work stream. The length of your stay will depend on which stream you apply for.

Who is eligible for the temporary graduate visa (subclass 485)?

To be eligible to apply for the temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) you must 

  • be under 50 years of age
  • hold an eligible visa
  • have a recent qualification in a CRICOS-registered course
  • meet additional requirements of the relevant stream

Do I need to complete an English test for a temporary graduate visa (subclass 485)?

You may require evidence of English as part of your visa application. IELTS is an official English language test provider if you require a test score. As IDP is the co-owner of the IELTS test, you can take an IELTS test at any one of our Australian IELTS test centres

Will I need OSHC (overseas student health cover) to support my application for a temporary graduate visa (subclass 485)?

You must meet certain health requirements as part of the visa application. My Health Declarations (MHD) is for visa applicants who require a health check. 

More About OSHC

How to apply for a temporary graduate visa (subclass 485)

Applications can be made online at the Department of Home Affairs. Have all you documents ready to complete the application and payment to ensure you visa application is valid.

Estimated fees and processing time

The cost of applying for the temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) starts from AUD $1500.00. The processing time will depend on your work stream. The estimated processing time for all student visas can be viewed here.  


The Department of Home Affairs has a complete checklist list of everything you will require when applying for the visa. We recommend that you read this information and contact us for assistance with your application

How IDP can help

IDP offers an array of services designed to take the stress and confusion out of the process of applying for a visa in Australia. Whether you prefer to manage your own application and just need some friendly advice or whether you need comprehensive migration advice and application assistance, IDP has the right level of help for you. Whatever your situation, we can help.

Ready to get started? Visit us at the nearest IDP office or make an appointment to speak to us by using the enquiry form on the right.

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