This visa is for holders of a first Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream who graduated with a degree from an Australian institution located in a regional area. It lets you live, work and study in Australia, temporarily
– Be under 50 years of age
– Hold a Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream as the main applicant
– Have a recent degree in a CRICOS-registered course from an education institution based in an eligible designated regional area, that led to the grant of your first Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream
– Have lived in an eligible designated regional area for at least 2 years before applying for the second Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream
– Have evidence of adequate health insurance for all applicants when you apply
With this visa, you can
– Stay in Australia for between 1 and 2 years
– Travel, work or study in Australia during your stay
You must find your own employment while on this visa. The Home Affairs are not responsible for arranging employment.
How long can you stay
This is a temporary visa. The length of your stay in Australia will depend on where you studied and graduated from as the holder of a student visa and where you live as the holder of your first Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream.
– Studied and live in Category 2 area (1 year)
– Studied and live in Category 3 area (2 years)
See: Designated regional area.
Hong Kong passport holders can stay up to 5 years.
You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa.
When you apply for the visa you can include members of your family unit however, family members who apply for the visa must meet the health and character requirements.
You can add your children to the application until a decision on your application is made. You can’t add any other member of the family unit to your application during that period.
Your family can also apply to join you in Australia after the Home Affairs grant your visa. See When you have this visa.
The visa costs AUD650 for the main applicant.
There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you and subsequent entrants must pay the full visa application charge.
You might also have to pay other costs for health checks or police certificates and biometrics.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the other costs.
The subclass 485 visa is exempt from the subsequent Temporary Application Charge.
Temporary Graduate post-study work stream visa holders must be in Australia to apply for a second Temporary Graduate post-study work stream visa.
Graduates impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions may be able to be granted this visa outside Australia.
Subsequent entrants can be in or outside Australia when they apply and when the Home Affairs grant them the visa.
Your application can take longer to process if:
– You do not fill it in correctly
– The Home Affairs need more information from you
– It takes us time to verify your information.
The Home Affairs can’t process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. The Home Affairs will notify you if this is the case and the Home Affairs may need to return your application.
You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while your visa is valid.
The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.
The Home Affairs will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.
Be this age
You must be under 50 years of age.
Have this visa
This stream is only available if you applied for, and were granted your first Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream. You must continue to hold a valid first Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream when you apply for the second Temporary Graduate post-study work stream visa.
Eligible prospective second subclass 485 visa applicants must make their visa application in Australia but there are concessions for applicants impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Subsequent entrants, like your family members, may make their visa application in or outside Australia.
The Home Affairs will process your visa application if you are the main holder of a current Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream.
The Home Affairs can’t grant you this visa if they have previously granted you a subclass 485 visa in the graduate work stream, a second subclass 485 visa or a subclass 476 visa as a primary visa holder.
Have studied with an Australian education provider in a designated regional area
You must have obtained your qualification that led to the grant of your first Temporary Graduate visa in the post-study work stream, from an Australian education provider who is registered on CRICOS and offer degree-level programs. The campus that you studied at must have been based in a designated regional area.
Lived in designated regional area for 2 years
You must have lived only in a designated regional area for a period of at least 2 years immediately before applying for the second Temporary Graduate post-study work stream visa. To do this, show us evidence that in the last 2 years, you resided in a designated regional area.
Designated regional areas are divided into two categories: Category 2 ìCities and Major Regional Centresî and Category 3 ìRegional Centres and Other Regional Areas”.
If you have lived only in a Category 2 area, you can only be granted an additional 1 year visa.
If you have lived only in a Category 3 area, you can only be granted an additional 2 year visa.
If you have moved between categories you will be considered for the shorter visa.
If you have been away from your usual residence for a holiday or short work trip, it will not change the way the Home Affairs assess your usual residence.
Work and study in designated regional area
If you worked and/or studied while you held your first Temporary Graduate post-study work stream visa, the work and study must have been in the designated regional area.
You may be asked to provide further information or evidence of your work or study.
Have adequate health insurance
You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Medical insurance helps limit your financial liability.
You must have adequate health cover for the whole of your stay to be granted this visa. It should cover you for necessary medical treatment, including transport, like an ambulance.
Reciprocal healthcare agreements
Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreements.
Meet health requirement
You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet the health requirement.
Meet character requirement
You and any family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa must meet the character requirement.
Sign the Australian values statement
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:
– Have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia booklet
– Sign an Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws.
Have no debt to the Australian Government
If you or any family members owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.
Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.