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  • The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) is a temporary visa
  • Department of Home Affairs issues the visa
  • The department's website is the best source of information about the visa

You may be able to stay and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. The visa that lets you do this is the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) is for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian education institution.

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for issuing visas. Their website tells you about:

  • who can apply for the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
  • how much it costs to apply for the visa
  • what the visa lets you do.

Read more on the Temporary Graduate visa page on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Staying in Australia after you graduate

To stay in Australia longer term, you may need a working visa.

Find out more on the Post study work arrangements page or visit the Visa finder page on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Visa nomination

If you are an international graduate and you want to live and work in Australia you may be eligible for Victorian Government visa nomination.

The Victorian Government provides free visa nomination for eligible international graduates with specific skills. Check the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Graduates to see if your specific skills are eligible for visa nomination.

There is also a streamlined pathway to visa nomination for International PhD graduates. These applications are processed within two weeks.

Visit the International Graduate page on the Live in Melbourne website to find out more.