International Students in Australia – Understanding your 485 Visa Options

You’ve graduated, so what’s next?

You came to Australia to study, perhaps attracted by our reputation for high quality education but have now discovered our beautiful environment, friendly cities and relaxed way of life. 

You’ve fallen in love with the place and want to stay.

It is a story we’ve heard hundreds of times over.

At Aspire Australia we have a long track record of helping move graduates from their International Student Visa to temporary or permanent visas by developing customized strategies to meet their short and long term goals.

We can help you too. We will start by evaluating your options then guiding you on each step of your onward journey.

Watch our short video below to find out more about the various options available to you now that you have completed your Aussie studies then please get in touch to develop your own personal MAP: Migration Action Plan.

Visa Options

485 - Graduate VISA

International students graduating with a degree from Australia or who have a specific occupation may obtain this post-graduate visa for up to three years. 


The visa provides the opportunity for work and can be a useful tool to move towards a further GSM residence visa.

408 AGEE (Covid-19) Visa

Student visa holders may access the ‘Covid 408’ visa within 90 days before their current visa expires or 30 days after it expires. With either a job in hand or on offer, a six or twelve month visa may be available, depending on the work sector.

The 408 visa allows work and can be used to accumulate experience towards employment and other visas.  


Australian businesses may sponsor international students for a range of work visas. Options include the Training (407) visa, Temporary Skills Shortage (482) visa, Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (494) visa and Employer Nomination (186) visa. 

Not sure where to start? Start here

Download your Aspire Australia guide, So you’ve Graduated, What’s Next? and receive bonus material that will walk you through the process, step-by-step including access to our latest webinars!

✓ Compare visa pathways

✓ Understand the criteria

✓ Discover the costs and timeline

✓ Learn how a migration agent can help

The Way We Do Things

Aspire Australia goes a step further than most migration agencies.

That’s because we’re not migration agents…we’re Migration SuperHeroes!

At least that’s what we’re told!

From the initial appointment to the celebration of visa grant, we will guide you through the visa process from beginning to end. We will determine the best strategy for approval and take the pain out of the paperwork, ensuring that your application is lodged approval-ready.

We know you’re eager to get moving as soon as possible, to begin the next stage of your life. Let us guide you towards your goal of living and working in Australia by finding the best pathway based on your personal attributes.

Good News Stories from our Clients


Our Happy Clients

Professional and efficient. Originally an international student in Australia, Aspire Australia has been my partner throughout my migration process. From graduate study visa to 457 and permanent residence, I have found Aspire Australia to be very clear in their processes and communications and the investment was worth the peace of mind.


Wall and Floor Tiler, Brazil

One mistake almost derailed my Australian dream. Thank you Sarah for guiding me through the appeals process in record time and helping to secure my Temporary Graduate 485 visa. I am so grateful!

Ana Paula

Temporary Graduate 485

Common Questions

Where do I start?

Understanding the different pathways and deciding on the one that suits your circumstances is the first step.

For an overview of your options, download our guidebook:  Now you’ve Graduated, What’s Next?

Then, book your appointment.

The earlier you seek advice on the best visa option for your situation and what evidence you will need for sponsorship – the better decisions you can make. Getting advice is the key first step.

Do I really need a migration agent?

We are biased, but yes!

Migration law is complex and subject to Government changes. A migration agent provides advice, prepares applications and liaises with the Department of Home Affairs on your behalf.

We believe that rules show us the pathway to what’s possible. Keeping on top of the current rules means that we offer the right advice.  

Why Aspire Australia?

Here at Aspire Australia we go above and beyond to ensure an approval ready visa. 
Over 25+ years in the industry we have built a 7-Step Proven Pathway to lead our clients to success.

1. We will create and deliver your personalised MAP: Migration Action Plan to achieve the outcome your business needs. We will help you understand what’s possible and give you a guide for what’s next.

2.  We’ll provide you with a tailored Start-up Kit to help you gather the data and documents we need to prepare an approval-ready application.

3. We will then work closely with you to ‘close the gaps’ and make sure all the key pieces of evidence are ready.

4. Our specialist lodgement staff will carefully collate your material to submit to the Department of Home Affairs. Our attention to detail means a quicker outcome for you.

5. We don’t stop at lodgement. We represent you through the whole process, liaising with the Department of Home Affairs and other bodies on your behalf.

6. It’s time to celebrate. We will let you know the outcome of your application – it’s our favourite part of our job.

7. We will make sure you have everything in place to be 100% compliant. We make sure you don’t get caught out.

This means you always know where you stand, what you have to do next and why.

We will be with you every step of the way.

Start by booking your appointment with us today.


Contact the Aspire Australia team and
take the first step in your journey.

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