Pathways to PR-graduate skilled visaAlan Rigas2019-02-26T23:22:01+00:00
Pathways to permanent residency
Say hello to the 485 graduate skilled temporary visa – a way to accumulate the 2 years work experience required from March 2018 for an Australian work visa.
How it works
If you are applying for a work visa after March 2018, you will need to show 2 years work experience. With the 485 visa you could accumulate enough work experience to apply for a work visa.
1. Secure an Australian qualification on the medium to long-term strategic skills list
To apply for permanent residency now, or in future, your qualification needs to be on the medium and long-term strategic skills list (MLTSSL).
2. Apply for a 485 graduate skilled temporary visa
If your qualification is on the medium and long-term strategic skills list (MLTSSL) you can apply for a 485 graduate skilled temporary visa. It currently takes about 8 months to process.
3. Work while your 485 application is processing
You are able to work during the time that your 485 visa is being processed. Make your experience count by working in the occupation you intend to submit a work or residency visa for.
4. The 485 graduate skilled temporary visa is granted for 18 months
Including the processing time, you can have 26 months or more to accumulate the necessary experience for a work or skilled independent visa.
Build a plan.
In the past, people picked an occupation on the governments’ published consolidated skilled occupation list, achieved their qualification, then went on to apply for a work visa, and permanent residency.
With changes commencing in March 2018, this may no longer be possible. You might need to get comfortable with the idea that you can’t go straight from a student visa onto a work visa, then to permanent residency.