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Old 02-24-2011, 06:47 AM
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Question new student visa/ sponsored visa/ return ticket

let me please ask you for an advice. I am currently staying in Melbourne with my wife, we are both on 1 student visa where she was the main applicant. This visa will expiry in July 2011. We are thinking about to apply for a new student visa where I would be the main applicant. The course that I am planning to apply for will start at the beginning of September. Obviously, we would need to cover the gap between the old and the new visa somehow.
1) The question is, if there is any reliable solution to get this visa gap covered. I know there is some bridging visa option but I do not know what are the conditions and how does this whole thing work. It is getting even more complicated after we decided to visit home before the new course starts. I am planning to ask for some holiday weeks before the course starts to travel to Europe, but in a hope that my new student visa will be already issued that time.

2) Regarding to the course starting in September, I would like to ask you if this more than 1 year long Business management TAFE course awarded with a Diploma would give me the eligibility in the close future to get an employment sponsorship (subclass 457)? Especially if Diploma is combined with my 7 years of experience and strong employment history from Europe as a manager. If not, please try to specify what is missing from the “package”, what else should be done to become eligible.

3) My final question is related to the airfares. I just want to be sure if as a holder of a student visa I can travel between Australia and Europe with a one way ticket or a return ticket is a must. I know that a new student visa application is somehow related to the tickets but I do not know the exact rules. As I am planning to lodge my visa application from Australia and my studies are going to be longer than 1 year, I see no sense in purchasing a Europe-Australia-Europe return ticket which is valid for 1 year only, if it is not a must. It would mean to me to purchase a ticket that I will not use at all. So basically, I would like to know, if I can return to Australia with a one way ticket while being on a student visa.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:54 PM
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You may be able to have a bridging visa issued to cover you from when your secondary visa finished to when a new student visa starts and it is something that you ought to be able to get an answer from Immi about easily enough.
Alternately it might be simpler if you just take the trip back to Europe and then apply for the student visa for if you get a bridging visa issued you'll then also have to apply for a Bridging Visa B to allow travel.

No course is any guarantee of employment via an employer sponsor and the very first thing necessary will be to have success in seeking employment in an approved occupation and with an employer who can meet eligibility and is prepared to sponsor.

I have not seen anything myself that relates student visas to return tickets and even with tourist visas, a return ticket is not mandatory for travel to Australia.

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Old 03-14-2011, 11:46 AM
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Thank you for your answer. We decided to not to visit home this summer, so everything should be nice and smooth with our visas. Thanks again and have a nice day. P

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