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Old 08-07-2018, 09:00 AM
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Student Visa to Tourist Visa

I have a some questions about going from a Student Visa to a Tourist Visa (ETA 601) for my American girlfriend.

Currently she is enrolled at TAFE for 3 separate 6-month courses. The first course began in Feb 2018, the second began in July 2018 and the last course will begin in Feb 5th of 2019 (she is currently in the early stages of her second course).

We are thinking of not having her do the last 6 month course and saving the money, as we are going to be moving to the US early next year (around Feb).

My concern is that in order to not have to pay a percentage of the tuition fees, we will need to cancel her last course 10 weeks prior to it beginning (i.e. 10 weeks before Feb 5th 2019). This would mean that her student visa would end at the end of her current course this year (December 7th 2018).

In order to allow her to stay in the country until February 2019, without having to pay a large portion of the $6000 tuition fee for her last course, We have the following plan:

- November 20th - Notify TAFE that she in un-enroling for her last course (this is more than 10 weeks away from her course starting date, so we avoid the hefty fee).
- December 7th - Her course finishes
- December 8th - We fly to Bali (or somewhere close)
- December 8th - When we land in Bali, apply for an ETA 601 Tourist visa
- December 12th - After spending a few days in Bali, fly back to Australia
- February 10th-ish - Fly to the USA

I called the Department of Homeland Affairs and they said that this method would comply with visa rules. But do you guys see any issue with it or issues I may encounter?

Thank you!


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Other than it is unwise to get advice from the staff of Department of Home Affairs, the issue I see is 12 months in last 18 in Australia thingy they have.

The ETA has 3 month stay periods, that could put you over the 12 months.


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What is that thingy you're referring to?


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They have both a condition and a option of "not allowed longer than 12 months in any 18 months" of being in Australia.

As I understand it is a condition placed on some visas, and often used to deny visas soon after other visas such as WHV or Student visas.


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Do you know if, for example, you left 6 months before whv expired, then applied for a tourist visa after your whv ended, this would still apply? Or even though you had already been out of the country for 6 months, you would still have to wait until 6 for the first visa to expire.

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They have both a condition and a option of "not allowed longer than 12 months in any 18 months" of being in Australia.

As I understand it is a condition placed on some visas, and often used to deny visas soon after other visas such as WHV or Student visas.


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It is months in Australia totaling 12 in past 18, so it would not be an issue for that case.


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Students who wish to go for higher education to countries like New Zealand, Canada, USA, UK, Singapore etc for education purpose require student visa which are issued for academic courses.


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