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Graduate Visa Australia – Subclass 485

Applying for a Graduate Visa in Australia is an excellent strategy for gaining valuable work experience in the country after completing your studies. Once granted, it allows you to stay in Australia with full work rights, from 2 to 6 years, depending on your qualification and in which city you have studies. If utilized strategically, it could potentially lead to permanent residence in the future.

About the Australian Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)

The Graduate Visa 485 is a temporary visa designed for students who have recently graduated with a qualification from an Australian institution. It consists of two streams:

Graduate Work Stream: This stream is intended for students who have completed a 2-year Diploma or Trade Certificate closely related to their occupations. Their nominated occupation must be listed on the high-demand list – the Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL).  The Graduate Visa under this stream is usually granted for up to 2 years

Post Study Work Rights Stream: This stream is available for graduates of Higher Education Courses such as Bachelor Degrees, Master Degrees, and PhDs, regardless of which field they have studied in. Courses need to be of at least 2 years in duration.

The Graduate Visa granted under this stream is usually valid for a period ranging from 2 to 6 years, or even more depending on the qualification and region where the student graduated.

Graduates who have completed their courses in regional areas may be eligible for a 1 or 2-year extension. On top of that, starting from 1st July 2023, the Government has announced a new concession allowing a two-year extension for international graduates with select degrees in areas of verified skill shortage, mainly in Health, Education, Engineering, IT, and Agriculture. 

You can check the full list with more than 3,000 courses here.

This extension brings the total duration of the visa to:

• 4 years for Bachelor degree graduates

• 5 years for Master’s degree graduates

• 6 years for PhD graduates

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Graduate Visa 485 basic requirements

To be eligible for the Graduate Visa 485, you must:

  • Be under 50 years of age;
  • Hold an eligible visa;
  • Have held a student visa in the last 6 months;
  • Have a recent qualification (completed not more than 6 months before lodging the visa application) in a CRICOS-registered course;
  • Provide evidence of a competent level of English language proficiency.
  • Nominate only one stream (either the Graduate Work Stream or the Post Study Work Rights Stream) as it is not possible to change visa streams after you apply.

How Can Bravo Migration Help?

At Bravo Migration, we understand the complexity and challenges of the visa process. We offer not only our knowledge and experience but also a strong commitment to our clients’ success.

We take the time to understand your situation, skills, qualifications, and aspirations to guide you through the process. Our team will assist you in gathering all necessary documentation and preparing a comprehensive, detailed, and accurate application.

We’ve helped over 7500 people migrate to Australia and our approval rate is very high. Book an assessment with us and let us guide you through the process of applying for a Graduate Visa 485. 

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Working with Bravo Migration, you will have a dedicated Registered Migration Agent and a Case Manager. This means the whole process will be:


The fact that we have worked on thousands of applications like yours means that we know what works. We will ask you for the correct documents with the correct information in a straight-forward manner and will prepare your process properly and provide all the correct documents to the Department of Immigration.

More efficient

Efficient when dealing with an honest , competent and experienced Registered Migration Agent you maximize your chances of a positive outcome in a faster manner, as we will prepare a decision-ready application, minimising delays.


The agent will also monitor your case until the Department of Immigration approves it, keeping you informed of its progress and about any changes in legislation that may affect the outcome of your case.

All our Registered Agents migrated to Australia in the past too, so they understand how anxious you may be. No other firm can offer you this kind of understanding. 

We look forward to taking care of your case!

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