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UK citizen Tim tells Crikey he spent $3200 on a visa to live out his dream of staying in Australia, on top of $42,000 in tuition fees, making him reluctant to flee in the face of the pandemic. He explains the costly reason he's decided to stay.

I'm a recent international graduate, having studied a Master’s in accounting in Sydney for the last two years.

It’s been an expensive couple of years: the tuition fees are huge and applying for a graduate visa is no modest amount either (particularly if you include agency fees). I've spent $3200 on my visa, and $42,000 on tuition.