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How To Get A Student Visa In Australia

How To Get A Student Visa In Australia
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Australia provides a great quality of lifestyle and education in its universities, vocational training, schools and English courses.

For you to be able to get a Student Visa in Australia, you must be able to show that you meet the following key requirements:

  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement
  • Financial requirements
  • English proficiency requirements
  • Health and character requirements

If you are looking to do a short term or long-term study in Australia, you will need to apply for and obtain a student visa in addition to admission into your chosen institution or school.

What Is The Genuine Temporary Entrant? (GTE)

The GTE was started in November of 2011. Under this requirement, the visa applicant must be able to show that it is their intention to stay temporarily in Australia for studies or to accompany a dependent student.

The Department of Home Affairs considers the following factors under the GTE:

  • Circumstances in your home country
  • Potential circumstances for you in Australia
  • Value of your chosen course to your future
  • Your immigration history

They may also ask that you attend an interview or you may only need to complete a visa application depending on your specific circumstances.

 

An Australian student visa allows you to study and work in Australia.

Why You Need An Australian Student Visa

There are a number of reasons and benefits to getting a student visa to study in Australia:

Reason 1.

An Australian student visa allows you to be able to work and study in Australia during the period of your chosen course.

You can work part time up to 40 hours per fortnight during the academic year or work unlimited full-time hours during the summer holidays.

Most Australian universities and vocational education institutions have a job search database posting job opportunities for their students.

It is recommended that you register with these platforms as soon as possible to take advantage of these opportunities.

It is important to note that you can only start working with a student visa after you have enrolled in your chosen institution.

Reason 2.

You can apply for a short term or long-term visa depending on the length of our course.

Short term course student visas can last up to 6 months while long-term student visas can last up to 3 years or more.

YouEnrol can help you identify the right type of student visa package to go for by gaining a proper understanding of your goals.

Reason 3.

You can apply for a student visa from as early as 6 years old for school aged children.

Do bear in mind that If you are applying for a student visa and you are under 18 years of age, you must have adequate welfare arrangements in place.

Reason 4.

Obtaining an Australian qualification such as a Diploma, Bachelor or Postgraduate degree, means that you have acquired a qualification that is recognised internationally as one of the highest standards of education in the world.

This could open the door of opportunity for you to obtain a work visa or even permanent residency after you’ve completed your studies and also an opportunity to be sponsored by an Australian employer.

Reason 5.

Upon completing your studies, you might be able to apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa, which allows you to live, study and work after you have finished your studies.

This could be through the Graduate Work Stream, which usually lasts up to 18 months or the Post Study Work Stream, which usually lasts between 2 and 4 years, depending on your qualification.

Reason 6.

You can include family members when you lodge your visa application. For student visas, your family member is:

  • your spouse or de facto partner, or
  • your, or your spouse or de facto partner’s dependent child who is unmarried and has not turned 18 years of age.

You must declare your family members in your student visa application even if they do not plan to travel with you to Australia.

If you do not do this, your family members will not be eligible for a student visa to join you in Australia.

They can apply at the same time with you or at a later date with a separate application during the course of your studies in Australia.

Note that family members who apply for the visa must meet health and character requirements.

“Obtaining an Australian qualification such as a Diploma, Bachelor or Postgraduate degree, means that you have acquired a qualification that is recognised internationally…”

Steps To Applying For A Student Visa

Australia’s simplified student visa framework (SSVF) was introduced on 1 July 2016 and under this system, all student visa applications are processed online.

Here are the steps to apply for student visas in Australia:

You need a Confirmation of Enrolment for your student visa application.

Step 1 – Apply For Admission

Apply to an Australian school for admission and then get a Confirmation of Enrolment called a CoE after you have made the required initial payment or tuition deposit to the school.

You need to accept the offer of enrolment and get the CoE and enrol in the school before you can apply for a student visa.

This is because you need the CoE before you can start your visa application. Bear in mind that if you are studying more than one course, you will need a CoE for each course.

Step 2 – Create An Online Account For Your Visa Application

Create an online account with the Australian department of Home Affairs to make your student visa application.

The reason for this is that all student visa applications are processed online. At this stage of the application, you will need to provide personal details such as your name, phone number and e-mail address.

Then you will need to create a password for login and accept the conditions.

Step 3 – Gather Your Documents

Ensure that you have all the documents required for the application in digital format ready to attach and submit with your online application. The documents needed are:

  1. Your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
  2. An OSHC health insurance
  3. Passport that is recommended to be for the period of your stay in Australia so you won’t need to go through the process of having to renew your passport during that time.
  4. Proof of temporary stay: you will need to certify on your application that you only plan to stay temporarily in Australia. You can support this claim by providing and attaching documents such as evidence of employment from your employer, a letter from your school in your home country or other similar documents.
  5. Additional documents might also be required depending on your home country and location of study. Some of these documents are:
  • A birth certificate
  • Proof that are able to fund your studies, usually a bank statement
  • Proof that you have the required level of knowledge to pass your chosen course. This could be certified copies of school transcripts, grade reports  studies and an IELTS English test result.
  • Proof of previous employment such as an employment contract, pay checks etc.
  • Documents showing a record of criminal history to indicate if you have ever been convicted of a crime.

Do note that if your documents are a foreign language, they need to be translated to English by a certified translator. Also note that you are able to save your application and continue as a later date if needed.

Step 4 – Complete & Submit The Visa Application Online

The type of visa you need to apply for is a student visa subclass 500.

You can make your application as early as 124 days before the start of your course. Confirm this date on your CoE.

You will need to fill the following information on your online application – your nationality, CoE code(s), Education sector, personal details, family details, information about your previous education and work experience and your health and criminal record.

Step 5 – Pay The Visa Fee & Get A TRN

After completing the application, pay the visa fee of AUD575 (current fee as t March 2019) for the main applicant, unless you are exempt.

Do note that there is also a charge for each of your family member who applies for the visa. After you make the payment, you will be issued with a receipt including a TRN-number (Transaction Reference Number).

Make sure to save this as you will need it to can check the status of your application after you submit it.

Step 5 – Pay The Visa Fee & Get A TRN

After completing the application, pay the visa fee of AUD575 (current fee as t March 2019) for the main applicant, unless you are exempt.

Do note that there is also a charge for each of your family member who applies for the visa. After you make the payment, you will be issued with a receipt including a TRN-number (Transaction Reference Number).

Make sure to save this as you will need it to can check the status of your application after you submit it.

Step 6 – Health Check & Interview

You might need to do a health checkup and/or a visa interview depending on your country of origin and where your course will be undertaken.

You will be notified if you need to do this after you complete your application.

You must not do the health checkup before you complete the application because you will need the TRN to do this as well as information on what needs to be checked.

You can see the list and contact details of the medical practitioners in your home country that are approved by the Australian immigration department to carry out this checkup.

Step 7 – Receive Your Visa Decision

The visa decision waiting period will depend on where you are applyimg from and the level of workload of the Australian immigration department.

The usual waiting period is between one week to a couple of weeks.

Remember that your TRN allows you to check the status of your visa application on the immigration website when you log into the account you created in step 2.

Once a decision has been made, it is usually communicated via email. You will be issued an electronic visa but if you need physical evidence you can print out the visa grant leter emailed to you.

Step 8 – Prepare To Travel To Australia

After you receive your visa you can enter Australia as early as 90 days before the start of your course as indicated on your CoE.

You can either organise your accommodation through your school or by yourself. If you arranged for it yourself, ensure that you notify the school of your address within 7 days of your arrival.

There are also other types of visa that could be used to study in Australia. You can apply for a Visitor or Working Holiday Visa for short period courses.

There is also a visa option for student guardians, which allows holders to visit Australia for up to 5 years to support a child (under 18) who holds a student visa.

Do note that visa options and requirements are sometimes subject to change. You can check the Department of Home Affairs website to get the current details.

YouEnrol is also able to help and advice you about your specific visa requirements.

Do not hesitate to book an appointment with us for a free no obligation discussion where we help you to get started on your journey to studying in Australia the right way.

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