I was one such international student who arrived in Australia on the 2nd of Feb, 2005 and became a permanent resident on the 28th of May 2008. I had to go through a painful, stressful and outrageously expensive process , though, I think there was also a less expensive way to do so.
Any how, what is done is done. Let me narrate my story in pictures and words. Hope the readers are able to make a much better decision and learn from my experiences.
Offer of admission from UTS
I was offered a letter of offer from UTS some where in Nov 2004. I quickly started the procedure for the final grant of a student visa to Australia. Paying the tuition fees, performing medical check ups, blah blah.
Grant of visa
Finally after filling out all the forms, submitting all the documents requested, I was finally granted the visa.
Unlike previous times, I was not interviewed for the visa. The visa was sent stamped on my passport and sent to the offices of my educational consultant.
Original Student visa as stamped on my passport. The label has been stamped inoperable on expiry.
Studying at UTS
Studying while searching for work and getting blue collar jobs such as filling shelves in super markets, washing cars and delivering pizzas was some thing I had never done before.
After a lot of struggle, hard work, patience and determination, I was finally able to finish my studies from UTS
Page one of my UTS transcript
Degree awarded during graduation ceremony
I applied for Permanent residency on the 27th of Sept, 2007. After appearing in the IELTS exam for three times, I was able to achieve a score of
in the exam because of which I was able to claim the extra bonus points.
Copy of my IELTS report.
Finally on the 28th of May, after waiting for almost eight months , I was awarded the permanent residency.
Stamp of permanent residency on my passport.
End of story!