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Tourist Visa after 462 to look at schools?


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Old 10-13-2014, 11:10 AM
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Tourist Visa after 462 to look at schools?

Hello,

Thanks for taking the time to look at my post. My 462 visa is about to expire and I decided I'd like to get my Master's degree here in Australia. I am looking at a few schools around Sydney and a few in Melbourne.

My question is: does looking at schools qualify as a reasonable reason for being granted a tourist visa after having a WHV (my 462 expires Nov 1)? I'd like to finish my art portfolio here (the portfolio being a requirement of entry), visit the schools, and ultimately apply for the school visa in December (assuming I get accepted into school).

Leaving the country to apply is not an issue, but I want to make sure I am doing this properly. I'm torn between heading back home to the States for a few months and applying for a student visa once I'm accepted (which doesn't give me time to check out the programs) or heading out to New Zealand to apply for a tourist visa for 3 months, coming back, and applying for the Student visa.

Thoughts?

Thanks again,

-Just another American


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