Changes to 485 Graduate Temporary Visas from 18 April 2015

webster By Mark Webster
Monday, 30 March 2015

Changes to the English language requirement and the health requirement for 485 Graduate temporary visas have been passed and will come into effect on 18 April 2015.

English Language Requirement

The current English language requirement for 485 visas is "Competent English". Applicants can meet this requirement by showing that they have a passport from certain countries, or that they pass an English test. Most commonly, applicants complete the IELTS test and must show a score of 6 in each band.

The English language requirement will now be specified by legislative instrument rather than by referring to the definition of "Competent English".

It is likely that an average band score of 6 will apply, with a minimum score of 5 or 5.5 in each band. This will be very beneficial to applicants who are struggling to meet the current required minimum of 6 in each band.

These changes affect both the 18 month Graduate Work stream as well as the Post Study Work Visa.

The changes also affect the Skilled Recognised Graduate Subclass 476 visa, but at this stage will not affect points tested skilled visas such as the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa or Skilled Nominated subclass 190 visa.

Health Requirement

Applicants for 485 visas currently must provide evidence that they have "made arrangements" for undertaking medicals at lodgement. This causes difficulty as a health declaration must be completed prior to booking a medical examination with Bupa.

This requirement will be eliminated from 18 April, meaning that applicants can safely undertake medicals after lodgement of their application without needing to show evidence of having booked prior to lodgement.


We will update subscribers as soon as we have exact details on the band scores required for the English requirement for 485 and 476 visas.

If you are interested in applying for a Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visa and would like to find out more, please book a consultation with one of our advisors.


Commlaw: Migration Amendment (2015 Measures No. 1) Regulation 2015

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