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Graduate visa (485) - do I need an OEC?

Going back home sana to Manila for a short trip and while filling out the form for etravel, there's a question about OFWs. I'm unclear if 485 visa is considered OFW, and sorry if this has been asked before but the search function wasn't really showing any useful results. Wala rin akong ma-Google. Is there anyone who knows about this?

Thank you very much!


  • giel_estrelladogiel_estrellado Posts: 1Member
    Joined: Aug 13, 2022

    Hello, nasa same na situation ako. Did you get OEC po nung nag travel ka?

  • lekimumulekimumu Makati
    Posts: 5Member
    Joined: Aug 09, 2018

    @giel_estrellado said:
    Hello, nasa same na situation ako. Did you get OEC po nung nag travel ka?

    I didn't get an OEC but decided to postpone my travel cos I read this thread in reddit na someone who had a 485 called the Canberra office and was told na yes she needed it. Pero ang dami ding nagkwento na umuwi sila on a 485 and 485 dependent visa, and they were fine naman without an OEC.

  • Cerberus13Cerberus13 Dublin Ireland
    Posts: 350Member
    Joined: Mar 23, 2020

    Sa EU, kapag naka post grad visa, most pinoys just say they are "interns" and ok naman, di hinahanapan ng oec. Baka applicable din sa AU

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