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Temporary Graduate

Temporary Graduate - Post Study Work (PSW) - Subclass 485

With this visa you can:

  • stay in Australia for between 2 to 4 years after you have finished your studies
  • travel, work or study in Australia during your stay

You must find your own employment while on this visa. We are not responsible for arranging employment.

How long can you stay?

This is temporary visa. The length of your stay in Australia will depend on the level of your Australian study qualification.

  • Bachelor degree (including honours): 2 years
  • Masters by coursework: 2 years
  • Masters by research: 3 years
  • Doctoral degree: 4 years

However you may be eligible for additional 1 or 2 years of Post Study Work Visa if you are studying in education institutes in Regional Australia.

Stay Longer?

You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa.

You might be eligible for other skilled work visas.

Include Family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.

You can add your children to the application until a decision on your application is made. You can’t add any other member of the family unit to your application during that period.

Your family can also apply to join you in Australia as a subsequent entrant after we grant your visa. See When you have this visa.

Apply from

You must be in Australia but not in immigration clearance when you apply, and if the department grants your application.

Subsequent entrants can be in or outside Australia when they apply and when they are granted the visa.

Processing Timelines

Your application can take longer to process if

  • You do not fill it in correctly.
  • The department needs more information from you.
  • It takes us time to verify your information.

The department cannot process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. You will be notified if this is the case and if necessary, return your application.

Your obligations

You and your family must meet all visa conditions and follow Australian laws.

See which conditions will and might be attached to this visa.


You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.