Applying for the Subclass 485 Skilled Graduate Temporary Visa – Timing is the keyIntroduction -
The subclass 458 skilled graduate temporary visa is a visa that allows international students18 months in Australia to get 10 points for 12-months Australian work experience points to go towardssatisfying the applicable general skilled migration points score and gaining permanent residence.The following points highlight 3 of the key issues that may cost an applicant the opportunity to be grantedthis visa. However, good organization and up-to-date immigration advice is the key to a successful subclass485 skilled graduate temporary visa application.
The 6-month Time Limit to Apply
- Many myths and falsehoods circulate about this rule. The 6 monthsbegins when you have met the requirements for the award of the certificate, diploma or degree you havebeen studying for. This means the date you are notified of your results (e.g. handed results in person, bypost, on a bulletin board or by your results are made available on the internet - examples only).It is not 6-months from the ceremony or date you were ‘conferred’ or awarded your certificate, diploma ordegree nor is it 6 months from when your last course finishes. It is 6-months from notification of yourresults. This is because at once notified of your results, the skills assessment process can begin. You mustlodge your subclass 485 skilled graduate temporary visa application no later than the day after the end of the 6 months period, which commenced on the day your results were made available to you. Again, it isessential to calculate this date accurately because if an application is not lodged with in the time frame, youwill fail to satisfy a primary criterion for the
of the visa and be refused.
From 1 January 2010, to be eligible and apply successfully for the subclass 485 skilled graduatetemporary visa application, an IELTS test result (or equivalent) showing at least 6 across all 4 bands(speaking,
, writing and listening) must be provided with the application at the date of itslodgement.The supply of a receipt for the booking of an IELTS test is no longer acceptable. If an IELTS result showingat least 6 in all 4 components is not provided with the application, you will fail to meet the English criteriaand be refused the visa. Please note that an average score of 6+ in the IELTS test also is not sufficient andwill not lead to the successful grant of the subclass 485 temporary graduate visa.The issue is, of course, everybody that has tried to book an IETLS place recently realises the waiting list canbe up to 3 months long to sit the exam. Remember you only have 6-months from completion of your course(i.e. notification of results).Let’s say you have left it 4 months since notified of your results before you booked your IELTS place, youprobably won’t sit the exam and get the results for another 3-4 months. In this case, 7-8 months havepassed, this will mean you are outside the 6-months time limit and you have lost your opportunity to workin Australia to gain the additional points to achieve permanent residence.
You must apply for the subclass 485 skilled graduate temporary visa before applying for thesubclass 885 permanent residence visa
The majority of international students in Australia now must apply for the subclass 485 temporary graduatevisa first as it is a requirement that you have at least 12 months relevant work experience before applyingfor permanent residence.There are exceptions to this rule, generally depending upon the authority that is assessing yourqualifications, but these exceptions are very limited.All occupations assessed by VETASSESS and Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) must have at the very least12 months relevant working experience to be assessed positively.
The Skills Assessment
– A skills assessment should be undertaken as soon as is possible after notificationof your results. This is because you cannot guarantee that you will get a positive assessment in theoccupation that you nominated and may find that you are in fact assessed positively in another occupationalcategory: For example Engineers Australia do not consider you an Engineer but they do decide you are anEngineering technologist.The issue is that if you have already lodged your application, the
has recently indicated thatthey will not continue the policy of allowing applicant’s to amend the application by changing the nominatedoccupation.This strategic and timing error could lead to your application being refused. Therefore, preparation andtimeliness is all important.