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Hi Suki,

No I can only work 20 hours on a student visa but when the college is on holiday I'm allowed to work full time until I'm back in school. Also you get 4 weeks longer than your course so my course finishes on 10th June and my visa expires on 10th July. In these 4 weeks I can work full time and this is when I will apply for my defacto. My bridging visa will take on the work conditions I'm currently on at the time of application (which for me will be full time work) If I apply while my course is still in session I'll only be granted 20 hours work rights on the bridging visa.

Hope this helps - it's not an ideal situation as the 20 hour work limit is a bit of a pain and the course I'm doing is 3 months long in total - I've met 1000 students who ignore the 20 hour limit! But I would never condone that - it's just not worth it!

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wow thank you thats so amazing this is great news! We were just planning on him coming over on the tourist visa and not work till the defacto gets approved! what course did u apply for? was it easy to get the student visa? also where did u apply for the student visa from and how long does it take? thank you so much! :)
 

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I'm doing a course in tourism which is 3 months long (with a 4 week break in the middle) and it costs $1600 which isn't cheap! Also you have to buy international student health cover which is about $200. Then I had to get my visa (applied in the UK online and got it 3 days later) and the visa is $500 plus a $20 certificate which you have to have to prove to the course that you have a visa. It's really really easy but very costly! Also you do have to pass all your exams and assessments so my nights at the moment are busy going to school while in the day I go to work!

How long was your partner planning on being in Australia before you apply for your de facto? Can he not apply while he's in the UK or do you need to make up your 12 months living together?
 

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$1600 seems cheap! Im in Perth and the cheapest course I can find is $4300 for an 18wk course? Next one down is $2500 but thats only 9 weeks :(. Most courses at tafe seems to be at least 6 months and cost around $5000. Are you somewhere else in Oz that has more study options?
He's planning on coming over end of June and we were planning on applying in July. We were living together in the UK since July last yr, but I had to come back to Oz for work in April. We thought about applying in the UK but didnt want to have to be apart for so long :(
 
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