Postgraduate Study in Australia & Visa 485 (Graduate (Temporary) visa)
My name is Patrick and I am a 26 year old american who has been accepted for postgraduate study in Australia and I wanted to ask about visa options. I have been accepted to mba program at the university of western australia (uwa) and the master of business (marketing) program at the university of queensland with commencement in july or august 2010.
After the program, I would like to stay in Australia and work full-time. I have heard the options are either visa 485 (graduate temporary visa) or visa 885 (independence residence visa), however I have heard that there is a 2 year (92 weeks) study requirement and the mba program is only 16 months while the master of business (advanced) program is 20 months.
I wanted to know what international students have done to get around this or what options do I have to get visa 485 or 885. I have around 3 years of media/entertainment/marketing experience.
Any information would be helpful
In the case of a WA MBA you'll see for Curtin there that Courses Search gives a course of 16 months with a 78 weeks study time rating.
So in effect, if the UWA one is the same, you'll need to find some approved units with a rating of an additional 14 weeks to make up to the 92 or if the Queensland course is rated at 92 [ quite possible if it is for 20 months ], doing that one will give you the required course study figure.
The 885 from the link above is a points assessed visa and the 485 is there as a way for people to get some Australian work experience if that will help them get sufficient points.
There is also the 886 state sponsorship route that can be used for occupations on state lists.
There are also changes on the way re priorities for applications processing that you ought to have a look at - The Ministers Announcement 8 Feb. @ What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration
So it looks like my uwa mba course actually might fall under the 16 month/78 weeks time frame, so I wanted to know what other options I might have other than taking additional units?
I have also looked into employer sponsorship and I wanted to know how feasible/likely do people get employer sponsorship? what are the options? I will be a graduate of berkeley and an mba from uwa, so i think i could be a good candidate for hire/employer sponsorship.
I am just trying to figure out immigration options before making my decision!
What the Oz economics will be in two - three years time is anybody's guess just as the likely global situation is.
No harm in having employer sponsorship as a possibility along with doing extra units or the Queensland course if that gives them.
Maybe learning Mandarin as another but be wary on marketing if heading to China for they haven't taken too kindly to an Aussie now doing a lot of time for some bribery attempt but that related to the resources sector.
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