Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 Visa - Basic Facts and Pitfalls

This time of the year we get lots of inquiries about 485 visa. Many students complete their courses in December and their student visa expire soon after li February or March. Although it is a relatively simple application the refusals are very common. They are mainly due to not complying with the time of application requirements like English test result, AFP certificate or evidence of lodged skills assessment. With other visas most of the requirements are time of decision so they can be provided post lodgement but in case of 485 even if the applicant gets the documents soon after the lodgement the application must be refused.

The Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa is a work visa for international students who have completed 2 years of study in Australia. It is a way to extend your stay in Australia and to give you an opportunity to improve your chances of becoming eligible for a permanent or provisional skilled visa.

Special Offer: Comprehensive assistance with 485 Post Study Stream application for a single applicant - $880.

Includes advice on your plan to PR. The offer expires 3 February 2020

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Changes to the skilled migration occupations list will be announced in March 2020.

There is a chance that the following occupations will be included:
Aged or Disabled Carer
Nursing Support Worker
Personal Care Assistant
Corporate Treasurer

Following occupations might be removed:
Careers Counsellor
Vehicle Trimmer
Business Machine Mechanic
Animal Attendants and Trainers
Gardener (General)
Wood Machinist
Massage Therapist
Community Worker
Diving Instructor (Open Water)
Gymnastics Coach or Instructor
If your occupation is listed above you should consult a registered migration advisor to investigate your visa options. Please book a consultation here


Horticultural Industry Labour Agreement

Great opportunity to relief labour shortages for rural employers. It is also an opprtunity for the migrants who are qualified in the occupations listed here. Commences in early 2020. The overseas workers can be nominated under subclass 482 or 494.

31 occupations available which is more than in any other industry labour agreement. 

There are further substantil concessions and a pathway to a permanent residency. They include:

  • Reduction of up to 10 per cent of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT), which is currently $53,900 per annum, when it can be demonstrated that equivalent Australian workers earn under that ammount;
  • A  range of monetary and non-monetary benefits might be acceptable, such as regular overtime and accommodation, to meet the TSMIT and Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) requirements. For nominations under a standard business sponsorship, non-monetary benefits are excluded when determining whether the nominee’s salary is above the TSMIT and is at least the AMSR;
  • The English language threshold is reduced. The main applicants need to achieve at least 5.0 in the overall band score of an IELTS test with no less than 4.5 in each individual component or equivalents for other approved English language tests;
  • Workers can be up to 50 years of age when applying for either a 186 visa or a 494 visa;
  • For Skill Level 1-3 occupations, workers can transition to a 186 visa after working for three years with their sponsor. For Skill Level 4-5 occupations, workers will need to have worked for at least four years

This labour agreement adds a substantial program to aid the horticultural industry


To discuss the details of this schene please click here

New condition applied to some occupations in the WA state nomination list.

WA state nomination has announced that following occupations are subject to the"Regional WA only category".

252711 Audiologist
253111 General Practitioner
254111 Midwife
254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical care and Emergency)
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
251511 Hospital Pharmacist

All the occupations that fall under the "Regional WA only" category must have an offer letter or the contract of employment from a regional area to be able to apply for Graduate stream or General stream. This condition is applicable to both the visas: 190 visa as well as 491 visa

Following postcodes are considered as the regional areas for this category: 6041 to 6044, 6084, 6207, 6213, 6215 to 6537, and 6560 to 6770.

Source: https://migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/occupation%20lists


New South Wales Nomination for Subclass 491 Skilled Regional Work


NSW nomination requirements and application procedures can be found on the NSW Live and Work in NSW site.

Eligible occupations and postcodes designated as regional can be fund on the Department of Home Affairs website.

To apply for NSW nomination for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491), you should follow the process below:

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest in SkillSelect selecting NSW only.
  2. Complete the relevant NSW nomination application form (see below).
  3. Pay the application fee (see below).
  4. Submit your complete application to NSW Treasury.
  5. If you are nominated by NSW Treasury, apply for the visa to the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs.

There are three subclass 491 nomination streams and two relevant occupation lists:

  1. Living and working in regional NSW - the qualifying period is 12 months, the occupation on the NSW Stream1 Regional Occupations list.
  2. Living outside NSW – the occupation on the NSW Stream 2 Regional Occupations list and you must have: a) full time job offer for at least 12 months in the nominated or closely related occupation, or b) have at least five years of skilled employment in your nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation, or c)have a close family member living in the designated area of NSW
  3. Graduates from regional NSW – the occupation on the NSW Stream 2 Regional Occupations list and the study (four semesters) completed within the last 12 months with a qualification closely related to the nominated occupation

To discuss your eligiblity, please click here