International students who have completed their studies in Australia often have longer term plans. To remain in Australia after your studies, either short-term or longer term, the Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) is a fantastic option.
The 485 visa is for students who have completed a minimum of 2 years study in Australia. This visa type provides you with full work rights for up to 4 years (depending on the type of study undertaken either 18 months, 2, 3 or 4 years), and provides you the necessary time to improve your point score if you are interested in permanent residency.
Whilst the common perception is that 485 visas are easy to get approved, they are actually one of the most regularly refused visa types with many highly qualified individuals making a small mistake which has ultimately meant that their visa was refused; consequently they lose the opportunity to remain in Australia long term.
Some of the things to be careful about include the following:
You must meet the following criteria for both the Post-Study Work and Graduate Work streams. It is important to ensure that at the time of lodgement:
The 485 visa is a wonderful opportunity to stay longer in Australia with full work and study rights, and improve your points score for immigration however making a simple mistake in the application could result in a rejection. To give yourself the best chance of success we would always recommending seek expert advice and guidance from a reputable Registered Migration Agent or practicing solicitor that specialises in Immigration law.
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