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Hello :) ,

I was interested to enrol in a course for next year, 2018, namely a Certificate IV. The length of the course is only 6 months (one semester, commencing january 2018) and they asked which visa I held.

When I said I hold a Bridging Visa A with full study rights, I was said they could not accept my bridging visa. Is this legal/possible? I have full study rights...

Should I just insist? In their email, they state "we can only go by the original visa". But my original visa no longer exists :confused: They also say "bring your paperwork and we can see then". What can I expect if I go? Just a refusal? I don't also want to waste my time.

Any help would be much appreciated
 

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Is it legal / possible - yes they don't have to accept a student if they don't want to regardless of the reason.

If your visa allows for work or study then there is nothing preventing you. Open VEVO and have a look it will show you conditions there
 

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You may need to explain that you're on a BVA to an 820 and show them this: https://www.border.gov.au/visas/supporting/Pages/820/bridging-visa.aspx

Your visa grant notification explains the conditions of your visa as well. At the very bottom of the pdf, it says "Permission to study: When your bridging visa (class WA) is in effect, you will have full permission to study."

I would show them the website, that you have applied for the 820/801, and the entire BVA grant notice (not just the grant part). Probably wouldn't hurt to take a printout of your BVA status in VEVO as well to prove the BVA is in effect. I like to come prepared when dealing with people that don't understand the process.
 

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Is it legal / possible - yes they don't have to accept a student if they don't want to regardless of the reason.

If your visa allows for work or study then there is nothing preventing you. Open VEVO and have a look it will show you conditions there
Well.. there is something preventing me: them :D :(

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You may need to explain that you're on a BVA to an 820 and show them this: https://www.border.gov.au/visas/supp...ging-visa.aspx

Your visa grant notification explains the conditions of your visa as well. At the very bottom of the pdf, it says "Permission to study: When your bridging visa (class WA) is in effect, you will have full permission to study."

I would show them the website, that you have applied for the 820/801, and the entire BVA grant notice (not just the grant part). Probably wouldn't hurt to take a printout of your BVA status in VEVO as well to prove the BVA is in effect. I like to come prepared when dealing with people that don't understand the process.
Thank you, this gives me some hope. I will try my best and I will explain them the situation :)
 

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Is it a public or private training provider?

If public and refusal is because of visa - go straight to the ombudsman with a complaint - CC the training org in the complaint.
 

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Is it a public or private training provider?

If public and refusal is because of visa - go straight to the ombudsman with a complaint - CC the training org in the complaint.
I am pretty sure it is a public provider. Here's their official website: Click here
 

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Big balls for them to refuse on visa grounds - they can not.

As I said before, and expect a phone call very fast.
 

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It sounds like they may be unsure of your particular case. Maybe they know that people can have BVAs but they aren't active yet? I would attempt to take your paperwork in first and explain the situation. Then, if after you've made it clear you are eligible to study and they still refuse you, you could take the complaint route.

In visa matters, it doesn't surprise me that there may have been a miscommunication.
 

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It is up to the education provider if they will accept you as a student or not.

I am not sure how it works with TAFE, but the State Schools have two different streams for international students: people on student visas and people on other temporary visas.

I take it that you originally held a tourist visa or a WHV. You bridging visa would have removed the study limitation period, so go and talk to them and see if they will enrol you under the temporary visa stream. If there is a TAFE Education Agent in your area, get them to organise the enrolment. There is no cost in that.
 

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A quick Google search shows that there are different requirements based on what course you're trying to enrol. One says that while a BVA holder, they go off the conditions of the original visa you entered Oz on and a different set of courses says the same thing but adds a part saying unless DIBP had provided additional conditions on the bridging visa.

Your best bet is to go in with your paperwork and discuss in person.
 

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A quick Google search shows that there are different requirements based on what course you're trying to enrol. One says that while a BVA holder, they go off the conditions of the original visa you entered Oz on and a different set of courses says the same thing but adds a part saying unless DIBP had provided additional conditions on the bridging visa.

Your best bet is to go in with your paperwork and discuss in person.
You're right and very often the school administrators do not understand the visa system if it is outside the standard stuff they deal with. A student visa is easy for them. So is a tourist visa, which allows 3 months study.When people are on a bridging visa with the study limitation removed it sometimes becomes too confusing for them.
 

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Hello guys,

Thank you all for your answers. After having contacted four different offices today on the phone, the final answer is: I can enroll in the international TAFE website, but not under the normal TAFE website. To be able to register in the normal webiste I must, at least, hold a 820 visa.
 

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Hello guys,

Thank you all for your answers. After having contacted four different offices today on the phone, the final answer is: I can enroll in the international TAFE website, but not under the normal TAFE website. To be able to register in the normal webiste I must, at least, hold a 820 visa.
That's correct, you'll have to enrol as an international student and pay the international student fee.
 
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