Go Study Australia

The Australian Government is making a number of changes to temporary visa holder arrangements during 2020, the most recent one being the Temporary Graduate Subclass 485.

This was previously a “one-in-a-lifetime” visa, however, from 2021, graduates from regional educational institutions may be eligible for a second visa.

Who is eligible for a second 485 Visa?

  • Must have completed study from a regional education provider (contact us to find out which instructions qualify)
  • Holders of a 485 (Post Study Work) stream visa
  • Have lived, worked and studied only in a designated regional area for two years continuously on your first Post Study Work 485 immediately before applying for the second 485 visa
  • You and your family must be in Australia to apply (No covid-19 concession)

These changes are designed to encourage people to study and live in Australia’s many regional areas.  Go Study loves regional areas, there are plenty of job opportunities and that’s where you will get the ‘real’ Aussie experience.  Talk to us today to discuss your study options.

When can you lodge a second 485 visa?

From 20th of January 2021

How much will it cost?

  • Base charge primary applicant – $650
  • Additional applicant > 18 yo – $325
  • Additional applicant < 18 yo – $165

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What if you hold an 18 month 485 Graduate visa that was granted on the basis of either Advanced Diploma level study or below (or first study before 5 November 2011)?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible for an additional 485 visa

Who is eligible for a second 2-year 485 visa?

If you have graduated, held a Post Study Work 485 and only lived, worked and studied in a designated regional centre or another regional area you may be eligible for a second two-year Post Study Work 485.

Does it have to be the same designated regional area?

No, you can live and work in a different designated regional area.

What if you didn’t work in a regional area but instead lived and undertook further study in the designated regional area?

Yes, you may still be eligible for a second 485 visa.

Who is eligible for a second 1-year 485 visa?

If you graduated, held a Post Study Work 485 and only lived, worked and studied in a designated city or major regional area you may be eligible for the grant of a subsequent one year Post Study Work 485.

Are you in a Designated regional area?

Designated city or major regional centre means Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Canberra, Geelong and Hobart

Designated regional centre or other regional area means all other areas of regional Australia apart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast,

See the Department of Home Affairs website to check if your postcode is eligible.

Example Case Study

If someone was to study a 2 year Masters at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast, and then lived and worked for 2 years on their 485 visa also on the gold coast, they would qualify for an additional 1 year 485 visa.

But if they studied on the Lismore campus, then worked for 2 years  in the Lismore campus (or another designated Regional Centre) they would be eligible for another 2 year post study work visa.