The Australia Graduate Temporary (Subclass 485) Visa is a temporary permit for students who have held a student visa in the last 6 months. Unlike other migration visas to Australia, the Graduate Work Visa has a simpler process to quickly assess applicants since most of them have already spent significant time in Australia. ASK VISA AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES can help you take advantage of your Australian education by assisting you with your Graduate Work Visa application. Our teams are well versed with all aspects of this visa and can help you create an application package with the highest chances of success.


The Graduate Temporary Visa is a temporary visa awarded to students that allows successful applicants to live and work in Australia for up 18 months to 4 years. Temporarily increased to 24 months for visas granted from 1 December 2021. There are two major types of visas issued under this program:
  • Graduate Work Visa – For students who have held a student visa the last 6 months before applying for this visa and have applied for skill assessment in the nominated occupation on the Skilled Occupations List
  • Graduate Post-Study Visa – For students who have competed for a bachelor’s degree or higher. This visa looks primary at your educational credentials and does not require your occupation to be listed on the Skilled Occupations List


The Australia Graduate Temporary (Subclass 485) Visa is focused on assessing the educational credentials of students. It is designed to retain talent in Australia and is a great route to settle permanently in Australia. The key eligibility criteria are:
  • Your age (should be between 18-50 years of age)
  • Australian educational credentials
  • Details of the 2 years or more spent studying in Australia
  • Your English language skills
  • Whether your occupation is on the Skilled Occupations List
  • Your work experience
  • Health and character assessment


ASK VISA AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES has filed thousands of applications for Australian immigration and has one of the world’s best Australia immigration departments. We can offer end-to-end assistance with
  • Complete Migration Processing & Application Processing
  • Guidance from Registered Migration Agent (RMA) in our Melbourne officeApplication
  • Forms, Documentation & Petition Filing
  • Assistance with Medicals
  • Assistance with migration petition & representation if required
  • Updates & Follow-up with the Consulate
  • Visa Interview Preparation – if required
  • Job Search Assistance (charges extra)


The Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa is for overseas students who have graduated recently from an education institution in Australia. It permits you to work, study, and live in Australia upon completion of your studies. Students can access this Visa only once as a primary applicant.

A Work Visa is essentially a work permit that allows you to enter a foreign country and legally work there for a certain period of time.

Different countries have different eligibility requirements and procedures for a Work Permit.
The cost of a Work Visa differs as per the country that you are applying for.

For example, the cost of a Work Permit for Canada is CAD $155. You will also need to pay extra if you include your family in the visa application.
The processing time for a Work Visa depends on the country as different countries have different processing times. It also depends on the country that you are applying the visa from.

For example the processing time for a Work Visa of Canada is 5 weeks when applied from India. On the other hand, if you apply for a Canada Work Visa from the US, the processing time is 2 weeks.
Most countries offer Work Visas to meet the labour shortage in their country. Often employers find it difficult to fill a particular job locally as they cannot find the required skills in their country. This generally happens with high-skilled as well as trades jobs.

You should have the necessary skills that are in demand in a particular country to get a Work Visa. You should also have the necessary educational qualifications and any certifications that may be needed for the job. You should also have the necessary work experience required for the job.