Graduate Visas for Australia
If you’ve finished studying in Australia but you’re not quite ready to leave, you can move onto the graduate visa and remain in the country. Our team has worked with students and recent graduates to ensure that they can stay in Australia beyond study and find work to support themselves.
We are always delighted when a degree turns into a new lifestyle, and know that it’s an exciting time – it can be difficult remember everything that you need to take care of so our team is on hand to guide you through the process and ensure that you can stay in Australia as a graduate.
Your Australian Graduate Visa Options
If you've recently completed a course in Australia, you may want to travel, return home, or enter the job market via an Australia working visa. Though many foreign graduates may already be eligible for General Skilled Migration (GSM), others will have to gain further skills and experience to stay in Australia.
The subclass 485 Graduate Visa is an interim visa for Australia that allows applicants to remain in the country for up to 18 months to prepare for a GSM application. Those who are gifted may want to review our items on Distinguished Talent Visa as this is a faster route to permanent residency. The Skilled Sponsored visa is another option. Our experts are on hand to ensure that you choose the right visa route and can stay in Australia as long as you need to.
Are You Eligible for a Graduate Visa?
An overseas student applying for this temporary visa must:
- Be under 45 years old (this is the upper age limit for GSM as well)
- Hold an eligible qualification, completed in the last six months after at least two years’ study in Australia
- Be unable to achieve the pass mark on the points test for the Skilled Independent (Residence) Visa
- Be able to meet the Australian standards for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
Benefits of Graduate Visa
This visa allows you to remain in Australia for as long as 18 months, without restrictions on work or study. It also allows the holder to add secondary applicants, including a partner or dependent child, either at the time or after the visa is granted. Graduate visa holders can also:
- Improve their English language skills
- Complete a Professional Year – a structured professional development course that offers bonus points towards GSM
Our experts will discuss your long-term goals with you (if you know them) and make sure that your visa is in line with what you want in 3-4 years’ time, as well as the 18 months that the Graduate Visa covers.
Ling Graduated in Australia, and stayed for another 18 months
We helped Ling with her student visa and university application when she came to us to find a way to study Marine Biology at one of Australia's most prestigious universities. After graduating, she still wanted to stay in Australia but wasn't sure how.
"I planned to just come to Australia and go home after my degree, but I made so many friends and got used to the way of life here so I really didn't want to leave. IXP were really helpful when I first came here to study so my mother suggested that I ask them about my options. When I found out that I wouldn't get the independent visa to stay here, I was so upset! I thought I'd have to go back home and leave all of my friends behind. But my advisor told me that that was just one option and I could get a Graduate Visa to stay here a bit longer, and then see what I wanted to do in a year or so!"