After 485 expires what to do, asking you are?
485 visa extension
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485 visa is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It can not be extended, unfortunately, in the other words you can apply for a 485 visa in Australia only once, right?
Yes and no – you can apply for 485 visa only once as a main applicant, if you have a partner and he or she will finish a school here and will be applying for an 485 visa as a primary applicant you can get it again as a secondary applicant.
If you don’t have a partner eligible for 485 – let’s explore the other options which might be available for you.
Remember – you can always give us a call to discuss the options. We’re here to help.
Apply for a skilled permanent visa
Asa holder of 485 visa you have the same work rights as any Australian permanent resident, so it is giving you an opportunity to get an Australian work experience. Permanent skilled visa system is points based. You’ll get points for your age, education, level of your English and so on. Completion of the course in Australia is giving you extra points furthermore, if you have studied in regional Australia that’s another 5 points, 1 year of Australian work experience is giving you extra points, professional year – that’s another bonus points (you can claim both – professional year and work experience – how good is that?), if you’d be able to pass a paraprofessional translator test (called NAATI CCL)- another 5 points, if your spouse would be able to get skills assessed – another 5 points – you get the idea. Studying in Australia and subsequently working in your occupation on 485 might lead you to permanent residency. Whether you’d qualify for skilled visa such as 189, 190 or 491 visa (also called SWR visa) is another question. Give us a call and we’ll discuss if that would be your best option.
Apply for employer-sponsored visa
If you’ve been working for a while for some great employer I bet they’d be willing to keep you for longer. Ask them if they’d help you with your visa. Dependant on your occupation and work experience we might apply for 407 (training visa), 482 visa (also called TSS visa), 186 visa (also called ENS visa) or 494 visa visa (also called SESR visa). Some of these visas are temporary some are permanent. Which one would be the option – impossible to advise without knowing your professional background.
Apply for a partner visa
If you came to Australia as a single, chances are you found the love of your life, right? Lucky you if your better half is an Australian citizen or permanent resident because they may sponsor you for a partner visa. Did you know, you don’t have to be married to apply for a spouse visa? Applying for a partner visa is a lengthy and tedious process, so it’s always a good idea to look for migration agent’s assistance with the whole process.
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NZ dependant visa
Partner visa usually is not an option if you got into a relationship with a Kiwi however, there is a special visa for members of New Zealander’s immediate family unit t’s a 461 visa.
Become dependant on your spouse’s visa
It’s always better to share your life as you can see. It’s even easier to get a visa if there are two of you. It’s OK if you are a gay or lesbian, Australia accepts same-sex relationships. If both of you are holders of some visa, quite often one could become a dependant of the other’s visa. You’d have to plan carefully as not all the visas allow dependants and for some employer must agree to add a dependant. As usual – we’re here to help.
Apply for student visa
If none of the previous options would suit you, student visa could be kind of a last stand if you’d like to become a permanent resident. Sometimes a few months course can make you eligible for a permanent visa. If you are a cook diploma of hospitality management could make you a chef. If your occupation does not allow you to apply for any skilled visa, changing your career could be an option. Think carefully what kind of course leading to permanent residency you’d choose as GTE assessment is a big thing when applying for a student visa.
Apply for a tourist visa
Let’s face the truth – this is only for those who want to leave Australia but just need a few more days to see some places before departure.
Use your 485 visa wisely
If your 485 is about to expire not much you can do, but if you have just been granted with 485 continue reading. You have a 485 or 476 once in a lifetime, so use the time given wisely. Make sure to make the most of it to improve your chances for migration to Australia. You should consider:
- Work experience. You can work full time on a 485 visa. Find an employer, show them what you can and ask them to help you with getting a residency visa
- Regional visas. You can work anywhere in Australia as a holder of 485 visa. Think about finding an employer in the regional area. This will improve your chances of obtaining a state nomination or may lead to RSMS visa.
- A professional year is available for Accountants, engineers, and IT professionals. It’s gonna give you 5 points for skilled visa, will help with skills assessment and also will give you Australian work experience which will impress Australian employers.
No easy answer after 485 expires what to do there is. Give us a call to have a chat about your situation, or contact us.
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