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Hi,

I initially came to Australia on a student visa. I recently applied for a 485 visa and received a Bridging Visa A while waiting for a decision on the 485 visa. I enrolled in a new study course one month before my student visa expired, because I had more than 8 weeks without study.

The goal of applying for the 485 was to achieve full work rights and not have to study any more, however I read the following on an immigration website:

"The Bridging Visa A also allows the holder to reside in Australia and gives the holder work and study permissions based upon the substantive visa they previously held. For example, if you held a Student Visa at the time you applied for a different substantive visa while in Australia, you will be granted a Bridging Visa A with the same work and study conditions as your Student Visa."

I now have the following questions;

1. Do I have to continue with my course until I get the 485 visa?
2. Do I have full work rights to work (40 hours per week) on the Bridging Visa A?

Your help is much appreciated. Thanks.
 

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The conditions of your bridging visa will be clearly laid out in the visa grant letter you were sent.
 

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The conditions of your bridging visa will be clearly laid out in the visa grant letter you were sent.
Thanks for replying. The letter does not say much as only refers to:

* Bridging A visa conditions
8501 - Maintain health insurance

* Planning to travel?
This Bridging visa will end if you leave Australia.

That is all it says and it does not resolve my query :(
 

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Hi,

I initially came to Australia on a student visa. I recently applied for a 485 visa and received a Bridging Visa A while waiting for a decision on the 485 visa. I enrolled in a new study course one month before my student visa expired, because I had more than 8 weeks without study.

The goal of applying for the 485 was to achieve full work rights and not have to study any more, however I read the following on an immigration website:

"The Bridging Visa A also allows the holder to reside in Australia and gives the holder work and study permissions based upon the substantive visa they previously held. For example, if you held a Student Visa at the time you applied for a different substantive visa while in Australia, you will be granted a Bridging Visa A with the same work and study conditions as your Student Visa."

I now have the following questions;

1. Do I have to continue with my course until I get the 485 visa?
2. Do I have full work rights to work (40 hours per week) on the Bridging Visa A?

Your help is much appreciated. Thanks.
1) You don't have to study if you have already applied for 485, You CAN but you don't have to if you don't want.

2) On bridging Visa A, because of your previous student visa, you have 20 hours per week or 40 per fortnight right to work. You will get full working rights only when you receive your 485 visa.
 

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Thanks for replying. The letter does not say much as only refers to:

* Bridging A visa conditions
8501 - Maintain health insurance

* Planning to travel?
This Bridging visa will end if you leave Australia.

That is all it says and it does not resolve my query :(
1)while on bridging visa, you have keep private health insurance which I assume you have as you need it to apply for 485.

2)Bridging visa A does not allow you to travel however if you need to travel out of Australia you need to apply for bridging visa B which will give you travel rights.
 
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