Ah, the student visa!
Student visa applications are available through the online lodgement facility of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
The eCoE is used to provide details for the visa application, whether you use the online facility or lodge it via paper format. (Note. there may be an exemption of CoE granted to secondary school exchange students sponsored by Foreign Affairs or the Department of Defence.)
Other visa requirements can include:
- Meeting the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement as outlined at http://www.border.gov.au/
- Sufficient finances for costs of living, tuition fees and airfares
- English language competency
- Various health and character requirements
- A current Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy
It is highly vital to ensure that you meet all of your student visa requirements before accepting a Letter of Offer or paying any tuition fees. Please note: Visa options and requirements can sometimes be subject to change.
Australia uses a simplified student visa framework (SSVF), where international students and education agents follow an online process by creating an ImmiAccount at http://www.border.gov.au/trav/visa/immi.
One of the most common visas for students is the Student Visa Subclass 500. It covers study activities from the following categories:
- Primary and secondary schooling
- Exchange program for secondary school level
- VET sector (vocational education and training)
- Higher education sector
- Postgraduate research
- Non-award courses
- Independent ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students)
- Department of Defence or Foreign Affairs sponsored students
There are other visas also available for shorter periods of study including a Visitor or Working Holiday Visa. For more information about Student, Visitor, Working Holiday, Temporary Graduate and Student Guardian Visas, visit https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1
If you would like assistance applying for your student visa let us know!