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Student Visa Australia

Study in Australia

Overview

Australia, is one of the most happening places in the world for one to study and live. It is in terms of size the sixth largest country in the world. Australia holds a position of pride as one of the most developed nations of the world. It is also one of the wealthiest countries of the world. The population of Australia comprises of English, Australians, Irish, and Scottish etc. Indians constitute 2% of the total population of Australia.

To be granted a Student Visa, prospective students must meet requirements relating to their financial capacity, English language proficiency, and educational qualifications

Student Visas Requirements.

The student visa you need depends on the chosen course of study. As a guide, the typical key requirements the applicant needs to meet are:

  • Issued an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate
  • Meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement(GTE)
  • Sufficient funds for airfares, course fees and living costs
  • English language proficiency
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

5 Easy Steps to Apply for your Australian Student visa:
  1. Decide on a course and institution and apply for it.
  2. Receive offer letter.
  3. Pay tuition fee and receive eCOE (Confirmation of enrollment).
  4. Organise your financial and other documents.
  5. Apply for your visa

Changes to Australian Student Visas from July 1st, 2016

Migration legislation amendment has been made to simplify the student visa subclasses, new legislation will come into effect on July 1st, 2016.

The current seven student visa subclasses (Independent ELICOS (Subclass 570), Schools (Subclass 571), Vocational Education and Training (Subclass 572) , Higher Education (Subclass 573), Postgraduate Research (Subclass 574) and Non-award (Subclass 575) will be merged to one subclass only – Subclass 500.The student guardian visa subclass 580 will be changed to a new subclass – Subclass 590.

All students and student guardians will generally be required to lodge their visa application online

Major changes of the Australian Student Visa include the following:
  • Combined immigration risk of prospective student’s Education provider and country of citizenship is taken into consideration in assessing the student’s genuine intention of temporary entry into Australia. Generally, students enrolled at an education provider with the lowest immigration risk outcomes will have lower evidentiary requirements, regardless of their nationality. Students enrolled at an education provider with the highest immigration risk outcomes will have access to reduced evidentiary requirements if they are from a country with the lowest immigration risk.
    The Department will assess the education provider’s immigration risk rating based on various risk indicators, such as the rate of visa cancellations, the number of previous refusals, and the rate of student visa holders becoming unlawful non-citizens after their arrival into Australia. The Department also indicates that it would NOT disclose the information of the education provider’s risk level and countries due to commercial consideration. The students are encouraged to undertake thorough research before making the decision to enrol into the Australian education provider’s courses.
  • Visa conditions – Can I change my course (education sector)
    Even though there is going to be ONE visa subclass for students, the students will only be able to change their course/s that are at the same level or at a higher level than the registered courses. For example, students may be able to change from a Diploma course into another Diploma course, or to a Bachelor course or Master course; Under the new policy, students will not be allowed to change courses from a higher level onto a lower level, for example, from a Bachelor course into a Diploma course freely; Changes from PhD onto a Master degree would be the exception.
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant Requirement (GTE)
    The Department will take into consideration various factors in assessing the GTE:
  • The student financial eligibility
    The student personal circumstances in the home country
    The value of the proposed course in Australia
    The immigration history of the student
    The relevance of the course to previous studies or employment
  • Financial capability
    The Department will take into consideration various factors in assessing the GTE: travel expenses living costs for the first 12 months
  • AUD$19,830 for student
  • AUD$19,830 for student guardian
  • AUD$6,940 for spouse or de facto partner
  • AUD$2,970 for each dependent child

Annual course fees for the first 12 months

Annual income requirement

Financial capability will be accepted with evidence provided by applicants themselves, their spouses or parents; new policy has excluded the grandparents and other relatives from providing financial support for the student.

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