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485 Graduate Visa Checklist

Temporary Graduate 485 Document Checklist

TR Visa Document Checklist

This TR 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 eBook, we will outline each requirement in great detail, ensuring you are prepared for the application process, and submit a strong visa application.

Before you waste too much time, you need to make sure you are entitled to apply.

Eligible Visas

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.

Some advice:


  • Your visa must be free of a No Further Stay (NFS) 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.

Hold an Eligible Visa
Streams of the Visa
Australian Study Requirement

485 Graduate Visa Streams

It is very important that you understand which stream (version) of the visa you are applying for.


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.

These are the 485 lengths for each level of study:

  • Bachelor - 2 years

  • Masters by Coursework - 3 years - dropping to 2 years in 2024

  • Masters by Research - 3 years

  • PhD - 4 years - dropping to 3 years in 2024

Indian applicants will be exempt from these time frame changes due to the Australia-India free trade deal

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. 

Learn more detail about the 2 streams >

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

Learn more detail about the Study Requirement >

Document Review Service
485 Temporary Graduate Visa Migration Lawyer Review

Visa Draft & Document Review Service

Applying for the visa by yourself?

Allow an expert immigration lawyer to do a detailed check of your 485 visa application draft & supporting documents.

Ensure no mistakes have been made, or  required evidence is missing.

English Skills Requirement

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 1-year old on the day of the application, and 5 tests results are accepted. 

IELTS, OET, TOEFL, PTE Academic, and CAE results are all accepted.

As of March 23, 2024, the new score required is equal to IELTS 6.5, with no skill less than 5.5.


Learn more detail about the English Requirement >

Buy TR Visa Application Guide

485 Graduate Visa


eBook Guide

Remove the Confusion

Clear explanations & links to all requirements:

  • Police check

  • Provisional skills assessment

  • Overseas Visitor Health Cover (OVHC)

  • English requirement

  • Study requirement

  • Step-by-step guidance for answering every question in the application itself

OVHC Requirement

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.

Learn more detail about the Health Cover Requirement >

Character Requirement

Character Requirement

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.

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