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2 year study requirement - More than one qualification possible?

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Old 10-25-2009, 01:32 PM
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2 year study requirement - More than one qualification possible?

I am currently in a 2 year program that is 104 weeks in duration according to Cricos. My understanding is that the 885 visa requirement of the two year study requirement is defined as 92 weeks of registered study.

My question is whether I can instead complete this requirement by way of a program that is 78 weeks in duration coupled with another program that is 26 weeks in duration giving a total of 104 weeks which is the same as the 2 year program. In other words I am currently taking a Masters Advanced program and would like to instead take a Masters and Graduate Certificate program instead.

Do the two qualifications meet the 885 visa two year study requirement or does it have to be only one qualification?

Any assistance on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-25-2009, 03:20 PM
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From the description at Skilled – Independent (Residence) visa (subclass 885) it appears you can have two separate courses though there are other eligibility criteria you should consider such as the study/qualification being related to the occupation you nominate for an 885 application.

But before you start planning for two years down the road, I would also have a look at the conditions of the visa you have at the moment and note what requirements there are re changing the course you are on.
Student visas are as you know issued against being offered an approved course and so in changing you do not want to invalidate your visa.

You should also make yourself aware of the latest priority approach to processing applications - http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...processing.pdf

I've also seen a report that Bridging Visas to be issued may be of the type that will not allow working either and that is something which you may want to ask immigration on, there being a prelodgement email facility you'll find under "contact" on top header bar at Department of Immigration & Citizenship - visa enquiries.

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Old 10-26-2009, 02:34 AM
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Thank you Wanderer for your quick response.

Just wanted to say that it really depends on who you talk to at the Immigration dept because I called twice and got different results. My first call resulted in a response that the Masters and Graduate Certificate would be sufficient enough to satisfy the two year study requirement but my next call resulted in a response that was the opposite. Apparently a Graduate Certificate does not meet the requirements of an approved qualification for a professional degree and therefore cannot be used to meet the 2 year study requirement. And this is from two officials looking at the same document! (the one that you referred to in your response that gives a description of the 2 year requirement).

Anyways, it does say that it needs to be a degree, diploma, or trade qualification and cannot therefore be a Graduate Certificate.

Also, I asked about the bridging visa and was told that full working rights would be permitted after lodgment.

Thank you again for your help and hopefully this information will help others as well.

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