Skilled Regional Subclass 887

The Skilled Regional visa - 887 is the second stage visa giving permanent residence to holders of Skilled Regional Provisional visas. 

What you need to know:

  • Provides permanent residency to visa applicants on the skilled regional subclass 489 visa.
  • Visa does not require sponsorship by an Australian relative or nomination by a state or territory government.

Who’s eligible for a Skilled Regional Provisional Visa?

  • To be eligible for the Skilled Regional Provisional Visa, the visa applicant must have completed the following:
    • Residence in a Regional Area

The applicant has been in Australia holding a provisional skilled visa (eg: Subclass 489) for the last 2 years. During this time, you must have lived in a regional area of Australia (if sponsored by a State or Territory Government) or a Designated Area if sponsored by an Australian relative.

  • Work Experience

The applicant has worked for at least 12 months in Australia - this experience need not be in a skilled occupation, but must be full time (at least 35 hours per week) and must be in a regional or designated area.

Temporary Graduate Subclass 485

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This visa is allocated to a student only up on successful completion of 2 years (or more) of study in Australia.

What you need to know:

  • Temporary visa but can transition to permanent residency.
  • The visa is valid for 18months to 4 years
  • The visa holder has unlimited work rights.

Who’s eligible for a Temporary Graduate Visa?

This visa is allocated to a student only up on successful completion of 2 years (or more) of study in Australia. It is a temporary visa with unlimited work rights and is valid for a duration of 18 months to 4 years depending on an individual’s situation. It is especially useful when the student has long term goals of permanent residency/settling in Australia.

There are 2 eligibility streams for this visa:

1. Post study work stream
2. The graduate work stream

Essentially the graduate work stream is for students who completed a course which leads to a job mentioned on the skilled occupation list whereas post study work stream is valid for every other case.

As they fall under the same subclass, their eligibility criteria are quite similar. Following are the common requirements which need to be met by all students applying for the 485 visa:

1. The student must have successfully completed his/her studies in a 2 year course, enrolled as a full-time student. This application is to be made within 6 months of completion of the qualification. (** within 6 months)
2. The main applicant’s age should be under 50.
3. A proof of English language proficiency is to be provided (IELTS/TOEFL etc. or passports of certain countries where English is the native language)
4. The primary applicant must have held a valid student visa 6 months before lodging this application.
5. The main applicant must be in Australia at the time of lodging the application.
6. Health insurance is to maintained during the entire period of the 485 visa.

Can family members be included in the application?

Yes, family members can be included in the application:

  • Spouses, defacto partners and same sex partners.
  • Dependent children

What are the other factors to consider for the Temporary Graduate Visa?

1. The applicant will be allotted with a ‘bridging visa’ once his/her student visa expires and result for the 485 visa is awaited. This bridging visa will have the same rights as the student visa but with unrestricted work rights (as the studies would be over).
2. The main applicant can bring the following types of family members:
- spouses, defacto partners and same-sex partners.
- dependent children.
3. The graduate work stream visas are typically valid for 18 months from the date the visa was granted.
The post study work visa depends on the qualification obtained:

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