Student 500 -> Bridging A Visa Working Rights?

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Student 500 -> Bridging A Visa Working Rights?

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Old 07-17-2020, 08:47 AM
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So I recently completed an exchange at a university in Adelaide on a student subclass 500 (higher education sector, expiry August 24th), and my partner came with me on a WHV (417). My course technically ends on July 25th, and I know I have full working rights as a student when my course is not in session. I've been offered a job that starts August 3rd, and I just about to sign a contract with them.

Now, my partner was offered a full-ride scholarship to pursue her PhD here as well, so we applied for a subclass 500 (postgraduate research sector), with me as the defacto partner/secondary applicant (we have plenty of evidence for this). This is luckily the only visa scenario that would provide me full working rights on a new visa. We have since applied, and I have been offered a Bridging A Visa, which provides me the "same working works as the previous visa" a.k.a. the student visa. I will probably have to start working on the bridging visa. My question is, do I have this all right? Should I be fine to work unrestricted while the visa application is processing, without jeopardizing any violations in working restrictions, given my working rights post-July 25th will be unrestricted and will carry over to the BAV in the meantime? I'm pretty sure I have this right but looking for a second opinion.

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Old 07-17-2020, 10:36 PM
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Your question is a bit tricky. First of all, you are correct and have full working rights while your course is not in session. However, there are other conditions imposed on the Student Visa that only allow you have 8 weeks between courses (for example).I personally would need to see a copy of your Visa Grant Letter before I can give you further advice.

Another issue here is that you are not allowed to work full-time until your partner's course is in session (this is while holding the new 500).

I think you should get in touch with a Registered Migration Agent to discuss your case in detail so you do not breach your visa conditions.

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