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Dec 17 2017

Students on Bridging Visas in Western Australia

Cost of Study for Students on Bridging Visas in Western Australia

A person, in Western Australia on a Bridging Visa, is able to access education on the same enrolment conditions allowed by their previous substantive visa.

If a student was paying tuition fees on their previous substantive visa, fees must continue to be paid during the time a bridging visa is in place.

A bridging visa is basically just a temporary extension of their previous Visa

There is not a separate category for students on bridging visas.

Holders of bridging visas who have not previously held a substantive visa are considered to be in the group of temporary visa holders who enrol as full fee-paying students.

Students from overseas fall into four categories:

Category 1: students on permanent residence visas who have a local enrolment entitlement and do not pay tuition fees;
Category 2: students on specified temporary residence visas who have a local enrolment entitlement and do not pay tuition fees;
Category 3: students on specified temporary residence visas who have local enrolment entitlement and pay tuition fees. Dependants of 457 Visa holders are in this category;
Category 4: students on all other temporary residence visas who have no enrolment entitlement and pay tuition fees. These are known as overseas fee-paying students.

Parents must provide evidence of their visa status and advise the school of any subsequent change of visa.

Source:

WA Education: Enrolment of students from overseas

One example of these rules is:

Dependent Child visa (subclass 445)

An application is made for a subclass 445 visa, and a bridging visa is granted whilst the application is in process.
The Education cost will be determined by the Visa that was held prior to the 445 application, but once the sub class 445 visa is granted, they will be treated as local students.

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