11 Things You Should Know About DIY 485 Graduate Visa

Congratulations, all the graduates! You’ve made it! AAS wish you all the best with your future career or study.

If you would like to stay in Australia, applying for a 485 temporary graduate visa will be your next essential step. Many students would choose to lodge the application on their own, but not all of them could get their 485 visas successfully.

Make sure you read this article before lodging your 485 visa application to learn about things you should know about a temporary graduate visa and common application rejection reasons.

5 Common Reasons for 485 Visa Rejection

1. Failed to meet English requirements

Unless you hold a valid passport from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland, you should prove your English proficiency through achieving certain standards in an English test listed below within the last 3 years. Otherwise, your application will be rejected directly. 



IELT​​S Academic / General Training

Overall score of at least 6 with a minimum score of 5 for each of the 4 parts

Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)

Total score of at least 64 with a minimum score of 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Overall score of at least 50 with a minimum score of 36 for each of the 4 parts

Occupational English Test (OET)

At least B for each of the 4 parts

Cambridge C1 Advanced test

Overall at least 169 with a minimum score of at least 154 in each of the 4 test components

(Source: Department of Home Affairs)

2. Failed to meet deadline

You must apply for a graduate visa within 6 months from the date of course completion that is written on the completion letter. (It is different from the date of conferral of award)

Your student visa must not expire when you submit the 485 visa application. Unless you now hold a substantive visa like Bridging Visa and held a student visa in the past 6 months.

3. Insufficient health insurance

You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia as a visa holder. Thus, the Australian government requires visa applicants to have adequate health cover for their whole period of stay to limit their financial liability.

Not sure which insurers are qualified or what kind of insurance plans are considered as sufficient health cover? Contact AAS now and we are happy to help you with buying adequate medical insurance and applying for a 485 visa.

4. Provided wrong police check

As you may know, you need to provide a national police check from Australian Federal Police (AFP) when you are lodging the application. There are different police checks across Australia and different websites on the internet. Many applicants got rejected because they provided the wrong police check. 

AAS is a 485 visa application expert and has lodged hundreds of 485 visa applications for graduates. Just provide your details to us and we will help you with the rest with a 100% correct AFP police check. Contact us today for assistance.

5. Failed to meet the Australian study requirement

You are only eligible to apply for a 485 visa when you completed at least two academic years (92 weeks) of study and your course was a CRICOS-registered course. Please do not pay and submit your 485 application if you do not meet this requirement as it will be a waste of your money and you will leave a visa rejection record (that may affect your future visa application results). 

To receive a 485 visa, you might need to consider further study. Don’t hesitate to talk to AAS if you are in this situation. Together we can plan your Australian education or even your permanent residency pathways.

6 Things You Should Know About 485 Visa

1. IELTS General Training is acceptable

Yes, you can prove your English proficiency with the IELTS General Training test. You don’t necessarily need to take the IELTS Academic exam as it is more difficult.

2. Full-Time study is allowed

You have full study rights and work rights when you are on a 485 visa. You can study full-time and don’t need to apply for a student visa if the course duration does not exceed your 485 visa period.

Thinking of studying again? AAS helps international students with their course applications for free. Click here for individual advice.

3. You have travel rights

Don’t think that you are trapped in Australia with the visa. You can always leave the country to travel around or go back to your home country at any time. You can still come back to Australia any time during the visa period.

4. It’s okay not to work

We all know looking for jobs in Australia is not an easy task especially coming from an international background. It might take days, weeks, months, or even years to finally land your ideal job. Fortunately, there are no work restrictions on this visa. You won’t be expelled from the country if you don’t have a job.

5. It’s best not to leave Australia during your Bridging

It could be quite troublesome if you would like to travel with a Bridging Visa. You need to apply for a Bridging Visa B (BVB) to leave and re-enter Australia at the cost of AU$160. But in case of urgency, please remember to apply for a BVB when you really need to leave Australia during your Bridging period.

6. It’s a once in a lifetime thing

You can only apply for a 485 visa ONCE in your lifetime. So please plan carefully especially if you would like to obtain permanent residency (PR) in Australia. Make sure you only apply for your 485 visa after completing ALL your study in Australia.

AAS has witnessed so many students fail to get PR because they didn’t plan properly. Chat with us to plan your PR pathway before you apply for your graduate visa.

Have more questions about the 485 visa? Don’t want to face the risk of application rejection? Want to plan your Australian immigration pathways? Talk to us today for tailored advice and your 485 visa application. AAS is your best Australian education, visa, and immigration assistant that is responsive, responsible, and reliable.

Please also check our 485 visa FAQ, and the eligibility of the 485 visa.


Source: Department of Home Affairs