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Old 08-25-2020, 06:08 PM
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Student Visa 500 whilst waiting for 309?

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I am considering applying for a student visa to study in Australia whilst I wait for my 309 to be processed. I wanted some advice regarding the genuine temporary entrant GTE requirement. If I apply for a student visa and they see in my immigration history that I have also applied for a partner visa which is pending, will they refuse the student visa on the grounds that I’m not a genuine student and already have my husband in Australia (so no incentive to return to my home country? I’m from Belgium) I do genuinely want to study as I’ve been waiting forever to start my degree but I’m not sure what my chances are of getting a student visa? Should I just enroll in a degree in my home country?


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I am considering applying for a student visa to study in Australia whilst I wait for my 309 to be processed.
Not sure about the GTE side. But applying for a student visa 'might' take longer than the time to get the 309, until COVID ends.

Normally about 30,000 student visas are granted each month. They are planning on allowing 300 into Australia in September (next month).

Also, https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/t...restrictions-0
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While travel restrictions remain in place, you cannot travel to Australia.


Having said that, an application might get your 309 looked at again, and, who knows, they might decide to grant that, rather than process a 500.

COVID is causing a lot of uncertainty.

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Thanks so much for the helpful reply! Waiting times seem much longer for a student visa. I guess waiting for the 309 seems like the better option.


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Hello,
I am considering applying for a student visa to study in Australia whilst I wait for my 309 to be processed. I wanted some advice regarding the genuine temporary entrant GTE requirement. If I apply for a student visa and they see in my immigration history that I have also applied for a partner visa which is pending, will they refuse the student visa on the grounds that Iím not a genuine student and already have my husband in Australia (so no incentive to return to my home country? Iím from Belgium) I do genuinely want to study as Iíve been waiting forever to start my degree but Iím not sure what my chances are of getting a student visa? Should I just enroll in a degree in my home country?
Considering you have already applied for a permanent visa, you'd have to make a very strong argument to meet GTE requirements. Under normal circumstances, a tourist visa would have been relatively easy to obtain, but with the travel restrictions, it is hard to say.

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Thanks for that insight. We have decided to wait for the 309 which should arrive soon now.


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