Just completed your final examination of your Bachelor of Masters degree? Finally handed in the final copy of your PhD research paper? You don’t qualify for a Permanent Resident Visa? Thinking of life after University in Australia?
For some the Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visa is the best option.
Depending on the course you completed, this visa could provide you with work rights in Australia for up to 4 years.
Here are 5 keys to a successful Graduate Visa application.
Apply within the specified timeframeYou must lodge your application within 6 months of course completion, which is the day you receive notification of your Final examination results. This is not your Graduation date, which could be months later or after the eligibility period.
Apply while all applicants are present in AustraliaYou and any dependents you choose to include under the visa must be present in Australia when you submit the visa application.
Make sure you meet the residency requirementYou need to have been residing in Australia for at least 16 months between the commencement date and completion date of your course.Checking your passport for all entry and exit dates for all overseas holidays and trips home to visit family is vital.
Apply under the correct streamThere are 2 streams under the 485 visa – the Post Study Work Stream (PSWV) and the Graduate Work Stream (GWS).I. Eligibility criteria for PSWV:- First Student Visa applied after 5 November 2011- Complete a Bachelor, Masters or PhD level qualification in AustraliaII. Eligibility criteria for GWS:- Complete a Certificate III or Diploma in Australia- Pass the Skills assessment- Complete a course taking at least 2 academic years of study in Australia- Need an occupation on the Independent and Family Sponsored Occupations List (IFSOL)
Make sure you meet all eligibility requirementsThere are other basic eligibility requirements that you will need to meet in order to be granted the Visa, including English language proficiency, health and character requirements, age limits and health insurance. Failing to meet one of these criteria could result in your visa being refused.
You can only apply for the 485 once in your life. Therefore it is worthwhile to engage professional advice before submitting your application.
If you require advice and assistance with your visa application, please book a consultation with one of our Migration Lawyers or Registered Migration Agents on (03) 9562 2662 or visit www.jklawyers.com.au.