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Hi there, I recently finished 24 months of studies in UNSW which puts me eligible for a temporary graduate visa (485). Due to a late completion of my internship, there is a very short timeline between receiving my conferral letter from the university and my student visa expiring (15 March). Besides that, I'm afraid that if I apply for other relevant documents now in Malaysia, it will not arrive Australia in time for me to submit while I'm there. From the website, it states that I can apply for a 485 visa provided I am in Australia and hold a substantive visa if I have held a student visa in the past 6 months. Does this mean that I can apply for a ETA tourist visa (I'm from Malaysia) and lodge my 485 application in Australia while on the tourist visa?

A substantive temporary visa is any visa other than a bridging visa, criminal justice or enforcement visa, which allows the visa holder to remain temporarily in Australia.

The clock is ticking, would really appreciate any help. Thanks!
 

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Is your student visa still in effect?
Yes, until 15 March 2018. However I understand that since my course has finished, my student visa has effectively expired and I will need another visa regardless to enter Australia now. Hence, I'm thinking of applying for ETA subclass 601 in order to lodge my 485 application onshore. I have seen other Malaysians do the same in the past
These are the requirements relevant to my situation from the home affairs website:

You have held an eligible student visa at any time in the past six months and:
you now hold a Bridging visa A or Bridging visa B, or
you now hold a substantive visa.

Since I don't have a BVA, I would assume an ETA would suffice as a substantive visa.

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Yes, until 15 March 2018. However I understand that since my course has finished, my student visa has effectively expired and I will need another visa regardless to enter Australia now. Hence, I'm thinking of applying for ETA subclass 601 in order to lodge my 485 application onshore. I have seen other Malaysians do the same in the past

These are the requirements relevant to my situation from the home affairs website:

You have held an eligible student visa at any time in the past six months and:
you now hold a Bridging visa A or Bridging visa B, or
you now hold a substantive visa.

Since I don't have a BVA, I would assume an ETA would suffice as a substantive visa.

Thanks!
An ETA would suffice, but might not be necessary.
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Hi. I am in the same situation as yours. Did you find the solution? If so can you help me with the process?

Thanks

Haris (fellow Malaysian)
 

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Exact same situation man, any updates on your outcomes? Help a fellow malaysian out please haha
You should be able to get your uni letters before your student visa expires, if not you should contact your uni. I contacted my uni to request for my results earlier. The moment you apply for 485 you will get a bridging visa. I think I got my uni letters like one week before my student visa expired.
 

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You should be able to get your uni letters before your student visa expires, if not you should contact your uni. I contacted my uni to request for my results earlier. The moment you apply for 485 you will get a bridging visa. I think I got my uni letters like one week before my student visa expired.
Oh that's cool man! I've indeed received my completion letters etc from the uni. You're saying I can apply for a 485 even if my student visa expires whilst providing those documents yeah?
 
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