Studying in Australia is an enormous way to experience the unique lifestyle while gaining great new skills.
Australia has major world-class practical vocational colleges, universities and outstanding English language schools to maintain international students. Thus, it will be necessary to obtain Australia Student Visa.
For students who are going to study in Australia for a longer period of time, the student will need to apply for a student visa. Here our team of professionals will guide you through the application process step by step. If taking a short program, for example, a language course, or a maximum of 12 weeks (84 days) you can use a tourist visa.
If you have a Working Holiday visa you are allowed to study for 16 weeks (112 days). For university/college studies and all longer programs, you will be required to apply for a student visa. If you are looking to stay in Australia for an extended period of time, an Australian Student Visa is your best starting point.
To apply for Australian Student visa kindly follow the steps below:
Apply to a school in Australia and get a CoE
To apply for Australian student visa you ought to be enrolled at an Australian University/college. After receiving an offer letter from a school, accept the offer and pay the tuition deposit, the school will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
The COE or a letter offer is an acknowledgment of placement to study, from an educational institute belonging to Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses (CRICOS) basically in Australia. The COE is essentially a code you will enter within one of the steps in the online visa application. This document will be required to begin your visa application.
If you will take for several programs, you must first take a preparatory language course and then study at college, one CoE will be required for each program.
You will have to take language tests to prove your English language proficiency to the DIBP in case you are not from an English speaking country. Or haven’t completed education at least for 5 years in an English speaking country. Some of this common tests include IELTS, TOEFL IBT and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE). There is a list of proficiency tests and their qualified scores accepted by the DIBP here.
Certification of good character is very essential for the Australia student visa process. This includes documents like a police statement from your home country along with a form filled out a called the Character Statutory Declaration Form.
Currently, you can easily apply online for Australian Students visas. Before you start your visa application process, are expected to create an account through the Australian online immigration portal, click here to access the portal.
You will be required to submit your name, phone number, and e-mail address. Then you ought to create a password and accept their conditions.
Make sure that you have all the needed documents in digital format
To apply for an Australian student visa you will need the following documents:
- Your CoE
- An OSHC health insurance. See our study abroad insurance FAQ
- A passport that preferably must be valid for the period of your stay in Australia since it will be troublesome to exchange your passport there when you study with a student visa
- Evidence of temporary stay: on your application, you have to officially state that you only plan to stay temporary in Australia. You can support this claim by attaching an evidence of employment or a letter from your school in your home country or similar documents.
Depending on the location where you apply from and where you will study, additional documents will be required. Some common documents that will be needed are:
- Additional ID documents such as a certificate of birth
- Evidence that you can finance your studies in Australia, such as a bank statement
- An evidence that you have adequate knowledge to pass your intended studies, such as certified grade reports and IELTS-test result.
- A real evidence of prior employment such as an employment contract, paychecks etc.
Credentials of criminal offenses if you have ever been convicted.
- To access a comprehensive list of the document; click here > and navigate down to the Document Checklist tool. There you will be required to fill in your nationality, school and get a comprehensive list of required documents.
If you apply online all documents must be uploaded in a digital format. So it will be better if you have access to a scanner on the process of the application or you can scan everything in advance. All documents should be translated to the English language by a certified translator.
You can save your application and continue later if you miss some documents or you want to do something else.
Process The Visa Application Online
You ought to apply for a student visa subclass five hundred (500). The process of this application can be made at the earliest 124 days before your course starts (according to the date on your CoE).
On the first page of the visa form, you will be required to fill in your nationality and your CoE code(s).
You must also select your Education sector, for instance, ELICOS for language courses or Higher Education for courses that lead to a university degree. Additional information is available on the form.
After completing the form, you will be notified to submit your personal details, family details, previous educational details, work experience details, health, and criminal record.
At this point, you can save the application to continue later.
Pay the Visa fee and obtain a TRN-Number
Once you have completed the application you would be required to pay the application fee which is currently 550 AUD. The easiest method of payment is to pay with a credit card online.
Click here to Read more about the payment.
When the application and payment are done you will get a receipt with a Transaction Reference Number (TRN-number). Make sure to you save Reference Number, it will be used in tracking your application status.
Health Checkup And Interview
Depending on your place of study and residence, one will be required to undergo a health checkup and/or a visa interview.
You will receive this information in your e-mail after you must have completed the above application (if it applies to you).
Do not undergo the health checkup earlier before completing your application form, this is because you will need your Transaction Reference Number (TRN-number). And also, you will get instructions on what you need to check.
Click here to find approved doctors in your country by Australian Immigrations to do this checkup.
Obtain Your Visa Decision
The period of time it takes, to obtain your visa decision depends on the location you are applying from and how busy the Australian immigration authorities are.
In our experience, you usually obtain your decision within a space of one (1) or a couple of weeks after completing your application.
You can check the status of your application by logging in to the Australian immigration portal (this is the account you created in step 2 above). And if needed to enter your Transaction Reference Number (TRN-number).
Normally you will be notified by E-mail from the Australian authorities once your visa decision is ready.
Note: your visa is electronic so if you want physical evidence, you can print the grant letter you received online immediately your visa is approved.
Travel to Australia
Once you have received your visa you can enter Australia at the earliest 90 days before the course start date printed on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
If you haven’t booked accommodation through your school you are expected to inform them of your address in Australia within seven (7) days of your arrival in Australia.
Typically, you have the right to stay in Australia for thirty (30) days after your course ends or Sixty (60) days if your course lasts longer than 10 months.
All these date limits should be indicated on your visa and if that information differs from what you see here you should always follow the instructions on your visa.
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Note that the Australian authorities can make changes to their visa application process without notifying us. Diverse rules can apply to different nationalities so always makes sure the instructions from the immigration authorities are duly followed.
The detailed information in the article is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, we cannot be held responsible for any error that might occur without our knowledge.