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A Visa is a document issued by a country – in this case Australia – that allows a foreign person – you – to enter its territory to study, work or simply for a visit, be it for tourism, events, conferences or others. Each Visa has a duration framework, fees and specific characteristics both in its requirements and its actions in the country of destination. When applying for a Visa, several factors come into consideration that will make the Visa application successful. Each person with their academic, professional and personal profile is a particular project. It will be important to consider every detail to define the best way forward before the Department of Home Affairs, which is the Australian Government Entity that receives all Visa applications from foreigners.
As its name indicates, this Visa will allow you to undertake academic-professional studies in the great Australian Education system, while you continue your professional career. The Student Visa allows you to work in Australia from the moment you start your academic Qualification. In Australia, it is the Visa that opens the most doors and opportunities to the country. This Visa allows you to undertake academic programs of 16 weeks duration (for example, English studies) and others of higher academic hierarchy such as Vocational Studies (VET), a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s or a PhD. Once the academic plan is finished, this Visa allows you to stay in Australia between 1-3.5 more months, exercising your profession, travelling around the country and extending to your next personal plan in Australia.
The Student Visa is the visa that grants the greatest career projection in Australia, this is thanks to the paths or “pathways” granted by the Australian Educational System together with the visa program of the Department of Home Affairs.
A possible scenario would be, for example, going to Australia to study for a Master’s degree that allows you to further develop certain skills in your profession. Perhaps, the level of English required by the educational institution is not adequate, therefore this path could be followed in two stages: a first where the required level of English could be acquired by studying an ELICOS Qualification (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) and then in a second stage to study the Master’s degree.
Another scenario would be, for example, if you are in Australia with a Visitor Visa or Work and Holidays Visa, and you want to take a step forward in your professional and career development, you can opt for a Student Visa to study and perfect those professional skills you want. or are related to your current career. Then, once you finish your studies and want to extend your stay in Australia, the Department of Home Affairs has another visa called the Temporary Graduate Visa that you can apply for. In the next type of visa, we will be explaining more about the Temporary Graduate Visa.
Official information about the Student Visa – Department of Home Affairs: Link
The Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) is a work visa for International Students who have completed at least two years of study in Australia and fulfil the Australian Study Requirement.
With this Visa you would be taking a huge step forward in your professional career. This visa can last between 18 months and 4 years. The benefits of this visa include the ability to work without time restrictions, gain professional experience in Australia, and include members of your family unit, such as your partner. This visa is commonly referred to as a “Post-Study Visa”, but this leads to some confusion as the Post-Study visa is one of the two types of this visa. In the following link you will be able to find on the official page of the Department of Home Affairs of Australia all the relevant information for this visa and its two different types. In addition to this, it is currently being considered to add an extra year of visa to those who study and use this visa in regional areas. We share the official statement in this link and the information on the migration page in this link.
Now we are going to comment on the main characteristics and differences between the two types of Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485), along with their links to the official source.
Temporary Graduate 485 Graduate Work stream – Link
This type of visa is aimed at international graduate students with qualifications and skills demanded by the Australian government for its migration plan and aligned with the demand of the labor market. For this type of visa, Trade Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and undergraduate studies are considered. The duration of this visa is usually 18 months.
Temporary Graduate 485 Post-Study Work stream – Link
This type of visa is for those studying in Australia for a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s or PhD. It is not a requirement that the study is closely related to a skill in demand in Australia. The duration of the visa will also depend on what has been studied. For Bachelor degree and Masters by coursework, it is 2 years. For Masters by research, it is 3 and for a PhD it is 4.
Official information about the Temporary Graduate Visa – Department of Home Affairs: Link
The Work & Holiday Visa gives you a one-year residence permit in Australia. This allows you to work (for a maximum of 6 months for the same employer) and study at the same time (3 months). Of course, you must bear in mind that it is a Visa that is not available to all nationalities, and even for those who are, places are usually limited. You must be one of the first to request it and meet a series of requirements.
Official information about the Work & Holiday Visa – Department of Home Affairs: Link
The Skilled Visa is more a category than a type of Visa because it includes a variety of visas with a common denominator: they are all designed to determine if you have the precise skills that the Australian Government requires for certain professions in the local economy, both at the Federal level as per State & Territory. This category of visas has a longer and slightly more complex application process than the previous ones.
You can apply if you meet the strict requirements of any of the professions on the Australian Skill List. You would also obtain the much desired permanent residence by obtaining a Skilled Visa. To validate if you have a skill demanded by the Australian Government, you must submit a Skill Assessment Application to the Australian Entity that validates that Skill and they give you approval. Each Skill has its Entity, for example, those of Medicine, Engineering, Agro and Environment, and so on. To all this, the Validation of the Skill is not related to Migrations, that is, it is not that when seeking to validate a Skill you have already started a Skilled Visa application, but rather it is something prior. On the other hand, when submitting a Skill Application in Australia there is a pre-selection instance made by the Australian Government itself and they call professionals from that professional area according to a Quota and Demand System of the Australian Economy. This number of quotas varies according to the circumstances. Then the Department of Home Affairs will evaluate and send you what is known as “Expression of Interest” for your professional-personal profile. It is only when this “Expression of Interest” arrives that one is officially applying for the Visa, which can take, in standard times, 9 months to leave.
Putting all issues into consideration, you have:
1) the Skill Assessment process,
2) comply with the Points System for minimum points and the higher the score, the better according to your professional profile (with the Student Visa you can greatly improve your score by studying and improving your professional skills in Australia), and
3) waiting for the so-called “Expression of Interest” from the Department of Home Affairs to just officially apply for the Skilled Visa. In the EOI waiting period, you must have another Visa that allows you to stay in Australia if it is your intention and personal objective.
Official information about the Skilled Independence Visa – Department of Home Affairs: Link
Although still known as Sponsors Visa or Sponsorship, this Visa is now called Temporary Skill Shortage Visa. It is a very interesting Visa if you are already in Australia with a previous visa, where you and your employer have created a working relationship appreciated by both.
To obtain it, a company must demonstrate to the Australian Government that it needs to hire international workers based on the professional shortage that may exist in the domestic labor market.
It should be noted that it lasts between 3 and 4 years. It also covers all members of your family and requires the employer to pay a minimum salary of around $50,000 AUD.
Official information about Visa Sponsors – Department of Home Affairs: Link
As educational agents, qualified with the Australian Government. At ACE Australia we advise you and help you obtain the Visa that best suits your plans. We evaluate your profile and complete all the essential steps for the preparation and presentation of your Visa application.
For more information consult the website of the Department of Home Affairs or contact us to start your process today. Take a step forward in your future in Australia and get ready to #LiveTheExperience.
Altamente recomiendo el servicio brindado por parte de ACE Australia. En el año 2018, Nico me ayudo con mi proceso de aplicación para la visa de estudiante y me sentí muy contenido en mis miedos y dudas que tuve durante todo el proceso.
A su vez, durante el viaje y la experiencia en Australia estuvo siempre atento.
¡Definitivamente excelente ACE Australia! 💪😃
Estamos muy agradecidos con el equipo de trabajo de ACE Australia, por su dedicación y profesionalismo.
Durante todo el proceso nos sentimos apoyados y contenidos, sobre todo por que tuvimos un caso particular y teníamos muchas dudas. Y en todo momento se adaptaron a nuestras necesidades, respondiendo a todas nuestras inquietudes.
Antes de empezar hemos contactado con otras agencias y ninguna nos trasmitió la confianza que encontramos en ACE.
Sin duda la recomendamos al 100%
I have never experienced better service than what ACE Australia has provided. They have been extremely friendly, outstandingly professional and helped me at every step with my application like hand holding. They would explain everything with absolute clarity and help prepare every document as if it is their own. Special thanks to Mr. Lucas and Mr. Nicolas at ACE Australia, for their dedication during pandemic as they had to twice defer and re-arrange
many documents amid international travel restrictions.
Highly recommended and endorsed.
Muchas gracias Nico y Lucas!!! excelente trabajo en equipo.
no hay detalle que les escape y eso hace que su trabajo sea excelente!!
Hasta la proxima visaaaaa
Nico y Lucas! dos grosos!! gracias por el aguante, por el tiempo y la dedicación. Mis dos últimas visas fueron manejadas a la perfección, buena comunicación y feedback, contacto directo por WhatsApp ante cualquier duda! altamente recomendable este par de dos! Gracias totales!!!
Muchas gracias a todo el equipo de Ace Australia por la guía, paciencia y eficiencia. No solo me ayudaron durante todo el proceso si no que también se adaptaron y entendieron lo que estaba buscando, para con la Visa y el curso.
Great team of ACE help me the most in the pandemic situation of 2020. ACE gives me very much satisfied. I got my visa very fast in corona period. They help me to fulfill my dreams 🙏My all family thankuful of Ace immigration and make them world best immigration. The full process of my visa was only 4 month. After my medical I can’t believe that i got my visa in 6 days. 🙏🙏 Best Team I ever seen.
Great lover and respect from myside 🙏❤
Mi experiencia con ACE fue excelente, me ayudaron muchísimo con todo el proceso y estuvieron presentes en todos los detalles. Tanto Nicolás como Juan, son muy atentos y profesionales en lo que hacen.
Es la segunda vez, que me ayudaron con el proceso de aplicación y sin dudas, los volvería a elegir.
No duden en contactarse con ellos. Excelente servicio garantizado.