Please contact us for more information on the new Hong Kong Stream Permanent Residency pathway.

Who is Temporary Graduate 485 visa suitable for?

Temporary Graduate 485 visa is suitable for applicants who have recently completed an eligible course in Australia and would like to remain in Australia to work. It is also suitable for Hong Kong SAR applicants in particular because of the longer visa period and pathway to permanent residency (PR).

There are a few key benefits of a Temporary Graduate 485 visa. There are 2 streams to apply for this visa. For the Graduate Work Stream, lower qualifications are required including eligible Diploma and Trade courses. For Post-Study Work Stream, no nominated occupation is required.

485 Main Eligibility

  • Achieve IELTS overall score of 6, and a minimum component score of 5 (or similar scores from other English tests)
  • Adequate arrangements for health insurance
> Graduate Work Stream
  • Satisfy the Australian Study Requirement in the period of 6 months immediately before the day the application was made
  • The degree, diploma or trade qualification is closely related to the nominated skilled occupation
  • The nominated occupation must be on the MLTSSL occupation list
  • Have a successfull skills assessment
> Post-Study Work Stream
  • Have an Australian Bachelors degree or higher
  • Satisfy the Australian Study Requirement in the period of 6 months immediately before the day the application was made

485 Main Conditions

  • Must maintain adequate arrangements for Health Insurance

Did you know for 485?

  • You can now apply for the Temporary Graduate 485 visa for the second time.
  • The date used to calculate the start of the 6 months for the Australian Study Requirement is when the results of your final exams or notice of completion of the course were available or published
  • You must be physically in Australia for minimum of 16 months while studying to qualify for the Australian Study Requirement
  • Hong Kong SAR Passport holders have 5 year visa, and a pathway to permanent residency (PR).

Temporary Graduate 485 Additional Information

StayGraduate Work stream
Usually up to 18 months. Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years

Post-Study Work Stream
Usually between 2 and 4 years, depending on your qualification. Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years.
CostAUD1,680 for primary applicant
AUD840 for additional applicant over 18 years
AUD425 for additional applicant under 18 years
Processing TimeGraduate Work Stream
75% of applications: 17 months
90% of applications: 19 months

Post-Study Work stream
75% of applications: 9 months
90% of applications: 14 months

Health Requirement

You and your family members may be required to take a health examinations to meet the health requirement to show that you are free from any disease or condition that is:

  • a significant healthcare and community service cost to the Australian community
  • likely to limit the access of Australian citizens and permanent residents to healthcare and community services that are in short supply by placing demand on those services.

Your health examination will include the standard medical examination. Additional tests (such as TB Screen test, chest x-ray, and HIV test) will be required by different age groups. In some circumstances, you may be required to take additional tests such as: hepatitis B and C test, syphilis test, HIV test, and tests that address your specific health risks.

Character Requirement

You must be of good character and pass the character test. There are a number of circumstances where you may not pass the character test. For example, if you have a substantial criminal record. A substantial criminal record means if you have been:

  • sentenced to death or imprisonment for life
  • sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more
  • sentenced to two or more terms of imprisonment (even if served concurrently) where the total is 12 months or more
  • found by a court to not be fit to plead in relation to an offence but found to have committed the offence and detained in a facility or institution

You may be required to obtain one or more documents to prove your character, such as: a police certificate, Form 80, character statutory declaration, military certificate, or a letter of good conduct from an employer.


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