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Minister intervenes in student's case.

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Peter McGauran MP

Australian Government Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

Media Release

Minister Intervenes in Student’s Case

21 April 2005

Acting Immigration Minister Peter McGauran announced today that he will intervene in the case of Nigerian PhD student Mohammed Olajide.

Mr Olajide applied for a Graduate Skilled Temporary Visa towards the end of his Student Visa, however, to meet the Graduate Skilled Temporary Visa criteria, applicants must have completed their studies.

For PhD students, such as Mr Olajide, their PhD must be marked and all course requirements met in order to qualify. Mr Olajide’s PhD had not been marked at the time he applied for the Graduate Skilled Temporary Visa, therefore his application was invalid.

After Mr Olajide realised his Skilled Visa application had been declined, he was unable to apply for a further Student Visa as the timeframe to lodge an application for a new Student Visa had expired.

‘This is an unfortunate situation where it appears Mr Olajide inadvertently applied for a visa he was not yet eligible for,’ Minister McGauran said.

‘I have decided to grant Mr Olajide a 6 month student visa while his PhD is being marked. He can then choose to apply for a Graduate Skilled Temporary Visa once he has concluded his study, in line with Immigration requirements,’ Minister McGauran said.

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