STUDENT VISA PROCESS
Process to obtain Australian Student Visa for international students
Any person who intends to undertake full-time study in a registered
course in Australia needs to obtain a Australian Student Visa. A Student Visa permits
the holder to travel to, enter and remain in Australia
for the duration of the registered course of study.
Overseas students cannot undertake part-time study in
Australia and must leave Australia on completion of
their course of study.
Student Visa Processing
applicants from India, Nepal and Bhutan are required
to undergo a Pre-Visa Assessment (PVA).
Persons wishing to
study in Australia should apply on
form 157A and pay the current
visa application charge.
to submit with your application:
- Four recent
passport-style photographs for each applicant
Supplementary Questionnaire to Form
'details of relatives' form
- IELTS test
- Changes to
the student visa regulations require varying
evidence of funds dependent on the subclass of
student visa applied for. Applicants should show
funds and (income that support these funds) enough
to cover, course fee, and living costs in Australia
(AUD 12,000 pa) as well as amounts covering other
family members. For details relating to the specific
financial evidentiary requirements for each subclass
- All original
education documents including all mark sheets for
- Affidavit of
support from the person providing financial support
applicants below 18 years of age, details of
arranged guardianship in Australia plus an affidavit
from the student's parents agreeing to the
statement from the person(s) providing support
outlining transactions for the past 6 months
should lodge applications no more than 3 months and at
least 8 weeks before course commencement dates. Some
applications take longer to process. Students may be
asked to undertake further medicals and some delays
may be experienced due to the need to verify bank or
education documents. Nepalese and Bhutanese
applicants need to take into account the time taken
for documents and letters to be sent and received by
the Visa Office.
To be granted a student visa you will need
relevant parts of the visa application form and lodge
it along with
- a copy of
your letter of offer or Electronic Confirmation of
documentation specified in the appropriate booklet
from the Temporary Entry: Overseas Students series,
- payment of
the visa application charge.
2. satisfy the
student visa requirements
Major changes to
Australia's student visa assessment procedures came
into effect on 1 July 2001 to streamline visa
processing. The restructured student visa programme
replaces the gazetted/non-gazetted country arrangement
and the Special Entry Arrangements for PRC students.
The Student (Temporary) Visa now has:
sub-classes: for each education sector You
should apply under the visa sub-class for your
principal course of study.
assessment levels (CAL): Each education sector
in each country is ranked according to four
- evidentiary standards: These visa requirements
include English language proficiency and are
increasingly stringent from CAL 1 through to CAL 4.
- electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE): The
only accepted evidence of enrolment for processing
student visa applications.
international student is issued a multiple entry visa
for the duration of their study course in Australia.
This allows you to travel backwards and forwards to
Australia within the period for which it has been
granted. Members of your immediate family (spouse and
unmarried dependent children under 18 years of age)
may accompany you to Australia and will be considered
in the same visa class as yourself. If you wish to
extend your stay in Australia for further study you
will need to lodge an application for a further visa.
Australian Quarantine Regulations
Australian quarantine is needed to keep out exotic
pests and diseases that could affect native plants and
animals, human health, agricultural industries and our
environment. This role is undertaken by the Australian
Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS). Visit the
AQIS website for information in a range of foreign
languages on what you cannot bring into Australia and
what your family and friends at home cannot send to
you through the mail.
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