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Hi all

 

My 574 visa expires in September 2013.

 

I have recently submitted my PhD thesis and wish to stay in Australia till the thesis is marked which should take beyond September 2013.

 

Do I have to do something to extend my student visa now? Should I apply for a new student visa?

 

I tried https://www.ecom.immi.gov.au/visas/applyNow.do?form=SFS and it does not accept my CoE number and DIAC advised me to use the paper form.

 

I considered the http://www.immi.gov.au/visas/students/485/ options but I don't qualify for Graduate Work stream (due to age > 31 yrs) and Post-Study Work stream (because I got my student visa before Nov 2011 in 2009).

 

I want to apply for PR but am not sure if my ACS assessment will come before Sep 2013.

 

What is my best bet?

 

Thanks in advance

 

 

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