Australia has an outstanding higher education system and some of the best universities in the world. Out of the 100 best universities in the world today, seven are Australian universities. As an international student, you may feel intimidated by all the documents and applications you need to prepare to get an Australian Student Visa. However, you don’t have to worry, we have gathered all the information you need here.
To apply for an Australian visa, you need the following:
You must be 6 years or older.
You should provide a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement. This means that you have to prove you only intend to travel to Australia for studies and would return to your home country at the end of the course or after a few years of experience.
Prepare a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) at a full-time course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
Show evidence of your English language skills, such as certified grade reports and IELTS-test results.
You and your family members must be covered by Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) from an approved Australian health insurance provider for the length of your stay in Australia.
If you’re under 18 years of age, you must have adequate welfare arrangements in place while you are in Australia.
Meet health and character requirements.
Evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition, travel and living costs. From February 2018, the amount you need to prove you have for living costs (separate from tuition and travel) is set at AU$20,290 for a year.
Upon applying for an Australian student visa, you will automatically fall under one of the following 8 subclasses:
Independent ELICOS Visa (Subclass 570).
Schools Sector Visa (Subclass 571).
Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa (subclass 572).
Higher Education Sector Visa (Subclass 573).
Postgraduate Research Sector Visa (Subclass 574).
Non-Award Sector Visa (Subclass 575).
Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector Visa (Subclass 576).
Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 580).
Which one fits you and why will be explained to you after your application is accepted. Still, if you wish to know about these types, Workpermit has a good guide explaining these types.
Now that you know the visa requirements and types that allow you to study in Australia, you need to know when and how you can apply for this visa and its fees.
If you wish to apply for an Australian student visa, first, you must be enrolled at an Australian university. You can apply to a university, using the university’s website or via the help of an education agent. Upon acceptance, you will receive an offer letter from a school. Accept the offer in writing and pay the tuition deposit, then the school will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Use this need this document to begin your visa application.
Create an account and apply through the online ImmiAccount application system; then, pay the application fees. After the application and payment are done you will get a receipt with a TRN-number (Transaction Reference Number). Save this number so you can check the status of your application. You may be asked to do a health checkup and/or a visa interview, depending on where you will study and where you live.
Normally the Australian authorities will notify you by email once the decision is ready. Your visa is electronic, so if you want physical proof, you can print the grant letter that you receive online once your visa is approved.
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You can apply for your Student visa a maximum of 124 days prior to your course starting date as stated on your CoE. Also, you can travel to Australia a maximum of 90 days prior to the start of your course.
The maximum length of stay for an Australian Student Visa will generally not exceed 5 years, which is usually the duration of a study program. The cost of Student Visa (subclass 500) Base Application Charge is AU$630. For 18 years old students and above, an added charge of AU$470 is required; and for students under 18 years old, the added charge is AU$155.
You might be wondering if your Student Visa permits you to work during your study in Australia. As a matter of fact, it does. However, You’re not allowed to start working before your course of study commences. You can only work up to 40 hours every 14 days, including both paid and volunteer work.
If a work experience unit forms a mandatory component of a student’s course and is included in the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registration of that course. In this circumstance, the work experience will not be included in the student’s work restriction of 40 hours.
Finally, It’s worth noting that the Australian government has announced that it will open its borders for international students from Dec 14, 2021. Students holding valid visas need to provide proof of their vaccination status and a negative Covid-19 PCR test report will be allowed back into the country to continue their studies soon.