For each section below, we recommend you purchase
the eBook which goes into great detail about how to meet each requirement in full.
This visa application has many requirements & documents, which must be organised before applying.
The overview of these requirements is referred to as the Document Checklist.
However, it is much more than just a checklist!
In our training, we will outline each requirement in great detail, ensuring you are prepared for the application process, and a successful visa grant.
485 Visa Document Checklist
Before you waste too much time, you need to make sure you are entitled to apply.
You must have held an eligible Student visa within the past 6 months before applying. You can also hold a Bridging A, Bridging B, or Visitor visa.
Your visa must be free of a No Further Stay condition.
A NFS means you cannot apply for ANY additional visas onshore. You must leave the country to do so.
You must be onshore to apply for the 485. You cannot apply offshore.
Special Note: Due to Covid, the Immigration is currently allowing applicaints to apply from offshore
Read about the update here.
Streams of the Visa
It is very important that you understand which stream (version) of the visa you are applying for.
This tends to be the most confusing part of the visa for most applicants, so we highly recommend you watch the video training on each stream.
There are 2 streams to choose from. The stream you choose will depend on what qualification you have completed.
1. Post-Study Work Stream
If you completed a Bachelor, Masters, or PhD, you will select this stream.
IMPORTANT: If you applied for, and were granted, your first student visa on of before November 5, 2011, you cannot apply for this stream.
However you may be eligible for the second stream, depending on your course content.
2. Graduate Work Stream
If you completed a Certificate or Diploma which leads the job on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), you will select this stream.
This stream also requires a provisional skills assessment.
Australian Study Requirement
To qualify for this visa, you must have completed a qualification which was:
registered on CRICOS
conducted in English
at least 92 weeks long, and completed within a minimum of 16 calendar months
completed while on a student visa
English Skills Requirement
You are free from this requirement if you:
hold a valid passport from the UK, USA , Canada, New Zealand, or Ireland
AND you are a citizen of that country.
Otherwise, you must provide evidence of your skills at the time of application.
Five test results below must be a a maximum of 3 years old on the day of the application, and 5 tests results are accepted.
IELTS, OET, TOEFL, PTE Academic, and CAE results are all accepted.
Health Cover / OVHC Requirement
Applicants must demonstrate that they have organised the appropriate level of Overseas Visitor Health Cover (OVHC) by the time the visa is granted.
You and any family member included in the application must provide an Australian Federal police check which is less than 12 months old.
Complete directions on this step are available in the eBook.
Applicants any family members included in the application are expected to meet the minimum level of health standards.
You may be asked to undergo a health examination.
Purchase the ebook to see the documents and process to have this completed, as it is complicated.
Be Debt-Free to the Australian Government
Applicants may not have any outstanding debt to the Australian government, or must have already arranged to repay the debt.
This rule is the same for all family members who may be included in the application.