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Folks ,

I am a Software Engineer having 4 plus years of work experience.I see my profession coming under the

skilled visa category.I am planning for Masters in Australia(July 2012) and about to file for Student visa.

Can I raise visa under Skilled – Independent (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 175) which I am eligible once i get my

student visa and travelled to Australia.

Scenario : If I get my student visa in April 2012 and travelled to Australia by May 2012 and I want to raise the

175 visa from offshore.(I will be physically in Australia but want to raise through agent.)

My idea was to get my assesment done during my tenure in Australia on a student visa.

My idea was to get PR before i complete my education .Will it become a problem.I came to know i need to leave australia for some time when i am granted 175 as it was a offshore visa.

I met the points criteria.

Please let me know.

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Ajith
 

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Hi Ajith,

Have you reviewed the website immi.gov.au about the new changes that will happen to the skilled migration program that involves visa 175? The link is : SkillSelect

Starting July 2012, you can only apply for visa 175 after you are only invited by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. You will first need to submit an Expressions of Interest entering your information. The information indicates that you still need to pass the points test as well as the requirements.

There have been other posts on this forum recommending people that want to apply for the visa 175 & others under the skilled migration program to do it before July 2012. Just because you will be evaluated on the information that you have submitted and other requirements. While the SkillSet, you can only apply after you get an invitation. This is one way for Australia to minimize the number of applicants depending on the skills demand of the country.
 

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Thanks jb12 for the reply ..so I am planning to apply 175 before July 2012 and go on a student visa for the mean time..is this fine ? The assesment will be in progress when i study and if everything goes fine i may be with a PR during or after my course completion.

Let me know your views.

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Hi Ajith,

I had to re-read your post again since I am getting confused of what you are planning to do.

You mention that you do want to apply for the visa 175. The visa subclass will depend if you will be in or out of Australia. I'm assuming if you plan to be in Australia by May 2012, you will be applying for the visa as "If you are in Australia" link from : Professionals and Other Skilled Migrants - Workers - Visas & Immigration

If that is the case, the visa subclass is 885 if you are applying as an independent. This is what it says about this subclass 885 visa:

"This visa allows overseas students who have completed their course studies in the last six months in Australia and holders of certain temporary visas to apply for permanent residency.This visa uses a points test to select visa applicants with the skills and attributes needed in the Australian labour market. You do not require sponsorship to apply for this visa."

Who is this visa for?
This visa is for you if you are in Australia and you are one of the following:
an overseas student or former overseas student
a holder of a Skilled – Graduate (subclass 485) visa or Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) visa a holder of a Trade Skills Training (subclass 471) visa.
You must:
be under 50 years of age
have competent English language skills
have the skills and qualifications that meet the Australian standard for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).
The SOL is a list of skilled occupations of high value to the Australian labour market.

You wouldn't be able to apply for visa subclass 885 before July 2012 since you have not completed your masters in the last 6 months since you are just starting around July 2012.

It is probably best that you visit one of the DIAC offices when you arrive in Australia. You can speak to a DIAC representative to ask about your situation. They will be able to guide you to the best visa option and when would be the best time to do it.

Visa subclass 175 is only available if you apply while you are outside of Australia based on the clicking on the link "If you are outside of Austrlaia".
 

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The 885 is for recent graduates from AU institutions.

The OP is asking whether he can apply for a 175 based on his past credentials while studying further on a student visa. That is allowed, and the 175 will be processed as normal. The OP will need to leave australia just before its grant and then re-enter.
 

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The 885 is for recent graduates from AU institutions.

The OP is asking whether he can apply for a 175 based on his past credentials while studying further on a student visa. That is allowed, and the 175 will be processed as normal. The OP will need to leave australia just before its grant and then re-enter.


Thanks Twister and jb12 for your time..i too heard the same thing from my friend but posed a question to clarify further..

What i heard was :

Before i was granted 175(i will be on a student visa in the mean time) i need to go outside of Australia and collect it and activate it once i come to australia..


Thanks and Regards
Ajith
 

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hi Twister ,

I had one more query.I am planning to apply for 175 visa in a week's time .Can i apply for student visa after this as I am yet to get an update from the University .

Pls guide me as DIAC will consider this legal or not .Also if i am in Australia on a student visa and if my 175 get approved and at that point of time i will be having two visas.Is there any thing like one of the visa getting cancelled (if student visa cancels then there is no Issue as I will be getting 175 visa which is a permanent one) and if 175 cancells then its a big concern as it is a permanent visa .

Pls advise me.I want to apply before 2012 july as the rules are getting changed.

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Ajith
 
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