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Student Visa 573 To Post Study Work Stream Or Partner Visa?

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I just signed-in and I don't really know how this goes. Let me tell you my story.

I am an international student who applied for a Certificate in Nursing and Aged Care in February 2014 and was refused in March 2014. As I have weighed up things, I have applied for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in June 2014 and fortunately it was granted in July 2014 as I already have a degree in Psychology from my country. It is a three-year degree, but, I applied my credits from my first degree and the uni had granted it. I am supposed to finish in June 2017 and visa will expire in September 2014, since I was granted the credits, I will be finishing the degree in December 2014. I have not yet informed the immigration, as I was told by the uni to wait unitl the results are published in December. I am seeking for solicited advises with the following concerns:

1. Am I qualified for the:
Post-Study Work stream – for international students who graduate with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study. This stream is only available to students who applied for, and were granted, their first student visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to four years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant's qualification.

- as per my understanding, I may not be eligible since my fist visa was refused.

2. Will my visa remain the same or will it expire earlier?

3. I recently got engaged, with my partner who does not live with me in the city but we constantly see each other. Is it better to apply for the post-graduate than the partner visa when someone is in Australia and they are not living with each other?

I am looking for someone who could have the same situations. All responses will be highly appreciated.

Kind regards,



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