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Applying for Permanent Residency while attending grad school in Melbourne?

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Old 03-16-2011, 03:06 AM
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Applying for Permanent Residency while attending grad school in Melbourne?


I'm planning on attending University of Melbourne for grad school in 2012, and am interested in applying for permanent residency. I'm under the assumption that in order to apply for permanent residency, you must have already received your degree from an AU institution, but also must have received the degree within 6 months of filing the application (as well as being in AU at the time of lodging the app.) My question is, if I must already have my degree in hand when filing the application (and the application takes approx 6 months to process), how would I be able to stay in AU when my application is processing as my study visa will have expired? Or, is there a loophole-way to file for permanent residency while still being in the midst of completing the degree? I apologize if this is a stupid question, I've done a bit of research but can't seem to understand how I should go about the process.

Any advice is appreciated, thank you!

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Old 03-16-2011, 06:12 AM
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the way the process goes for an onshore skilled visa is that when a person has completed two years [ 16 months minimum and 92 study weeks ] and has an appropriate qualification they need to seek an assessment from the appropriate occupational organisation.

Having met all the requirements they can apply for an onshore skilled visa and if their student visa has not been for a sufficient time after completing their studies to allow getting the application in, as an interim they can apply for a graduate 485 visa and to cover for processing time, a bridging visa is granted for the period from when their student visa expires to when a decision is made on their next visa.

You ought to study up on the total process and detail via Professionals and other Skilled Migrants - Workers - Visas & Immigration and have a good read of the Whats New info linked as well.

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