I am often asked by people who don’t have an Australian partner how they can stay in Byron Bay for a few years or more. Here’s an approximate timeline of how I helped three UK passport holders come to Byron Bay and stay for up to 3.5 years:

  • 15 Sept 2015
  • Enrolled in courses in Byron Bay
  • 30 Sep 2015
  • Applied for Student Visas to study in Byron Bay
  • 5 Oct 2015
  • 1 Nov 2015
  • Arrived in Australia, courses commenced in Byron Bay on 9 November 2015
  • 1 Apr 2018
  • Official graduation from courses
  • 15 May 2018
  • Applied for Temporary Graduate Visas
  • 15 Aug 2018
  • Temporary Graduate visas granted with full work rights
  • 15 Jan 2020
  • Graduate visa expires.


From the middle of August 2018, my clients have been allowed to work full time unrestricted in Byron Bay (or anywhere in Australia) up until the end of January 2020.

International student fees in Australia can be prohibitively expensive. But in the above example, all course fees, insurance, medical exams, police clearances, student visa Australia application charges and Registered Migration Agent fees came to less than AUD$30,000 for this 3.5 year stay.

As at 20 Sep 2018 AUD$30,000 is approximately £16,500 or €18,500

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