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Hi all,

I'm new to this forum so I'll quickly introduce myself! I'm a Dutch PhD-student working on my thesis on heterogeneity in Alzheimer's disease. As part of my PhD-thesis, I plan to do a 6-month research fellowship at the University of Melbourne. I'm sponsored by a Dutch non-profit organization and will receive my usual salary from my home institution so my "work" in Australia will be unpaid.

Now, I'm having trouble finding out which visa I should get. One candidate would be the student visa but my application for this visa was denied because I don't have a certificate of enrollment. This is because I won't be following any registered course while I'm there, I'll just be involved in an ongoing research project. I do have a letter of offer from the Australian institution but this was not enough on its own.

Another option would be the temporary activity visa but for that, I need a registered Australian sponsor, and my sponsor is Dutch without a sponsor ID number. Unfortunately, the working holiday visa has an age limit and I turned 31 two weeks ago (Yay!). The visitor visa seems to be the only one that I'm definitely eligible for but that's for a maximum of 3-months and I want to stay for 6-months. Would it work if I spend 3-months in Australia then visit New-Zeeland for 1 month (which I already plan to do) and then get another 3-months in Australia?

I'm at my wits end, hopefully you guys can help me out!
 

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You seem to have made a good start on digging your own grave.

I turned 31 two weeks ago
So??

May I suggest that you consult one of the registered migration agents who posts in this forum to see what can be done? What might be possible will depend on what you have already told immi, far too much by the sound of it.

Thought for the day:
If you think you have Alzheimer's, you probably don't.
 
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