Visa Information

While in possession of a student visa, you have certain obligations to fulfill you must remain enrolled in a CRICOS-registered course, attend classes regularly, make satisfactory course progress and maintain OSHC health insurance.

There are also certain visa conditions you and your dependents must comply with breaching a visa condition may result in the cancellation of your visa.When completing your online visa application form, you will need to provide evidence of the following according to the Australian student visa requirements:

Student VISA requirements

Financial requirements

Evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition, travel and living costs. From February 2018, the amount you need to prove you have for living costs (separate from tuition and travel) is set at AUD$20,290 (~USD$20,290) for a year.

English proficiency requirement

If you’re not from an English-speaking country (and haven’t completed at least five years’ study in an English-speaking country) you’ll need to prove you can speak English to the required level. The DIBP website lists eligible tests, with possibilities being the IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE).

Health requirements

Some students may be asked to take a medical and/or a radiological check-up to show they are in good health (this applies, for example, to those who intend to train as a doctor, dentist or nurse). Except those from Belgium or Norway, all students are obliged to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). The cost of this health insurance cover will vary depending on the provider and how long you purchase cover for.

Character requirements

Australian student visa requirements stipulate that you must be of good character to enter Australia. This includes a criminal record check, to make sure you don’t have a substantial criminal record. You may also need to acquire a penal clearance certificate (or police certificate) or get a police statement, and may be asked to complete a Character Statutory Declaration Form.

Changes To Policy

Student Visa Subclass

The new streamlined student visa subclass 500 has replaced the old student visa system(subclass 570 to 576) on 1 july 2016 and is designed to make student visa applications more straightforward. It's a packaged course which means that you can apply to undertake two or more courses on your student visa where there is clear progression from one course to another.

Reduction of student visa assessment levels

DIBP introduced a number of changes to simplify the student visa application process. From March 2014, the Assessment Level (AL) Framework has been simplified to three assessment levels (AL1 to AL3) through the removal of AL4 and AL5. Former AL4 countries have now been reduced to AL3. AL3 applicants will also see reduced financial requirements and are now only required to show evidence of funds to support 12 months of study, as opposed to the former 18 months.

Simplified Student VISA Framework

Australia's simplified student visa framework (SSVF) came into effect on 1st July 2016. Student visa applicants who lodge their applications with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from participating institutions for a bachelor degree, master's degree, doctoral degree, student exchange program or study abroad program will be assessed in a streamlined manner (similar to the Assessment Level 1), regardless of their country of origin. As a result, they will not have to supply as much evidence to support their visa application.

Changes to student visa charges

The student visa application charge of AUD $500 has been increased to $560. Fees do not apply to students sponsored under Commonwealth-approved programs, secondary school exchange students or students affected by the closure of their education provider. Changes to employment restrictions

Before March 2012, international students were able to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week. This has been changed to a more flexible 40 hours per fortnight, meaning students can work 15 hours one week and 25 hours the following week, rather than strictly 20 hours per week.

Admission Information

Diplomas / VET courses

Entry into the VET system usually requires students to have reached a level of study equivalent to the Australian Year 10, 11 or 12. Some courses may have prerequisite subjects or work experience requirements. Entry into some courses, such as art and design, may also require submission of a portfolio. Students should check with individual providers for any additional entry requirements, English language requirements, information on fees and charges, and course starting dates.

Bachelor/Undergraduate degree

At least a 6 on all bands in your IELTS (depending upon university), a minimum of 60% on your high school education, having an equivalent number of years (13years)

Masters/Postgraduate degree

Entry into a masters degree requires you to have completed an undergraduate qualification that is comparable to an Australian bachelor degree, honours degree or graduate diploma. IELTS (academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0). These tests must be taken no more than two years prior to commencing your course.

In some cases the following are required as well:

  • proof of work experience
  • a portfolio or folio of works
  • a police check or working with children check from your usual country of residence
  • a supplementary information form.

Are you a Genuine Temporary Entrant? (GTE)

The genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement is an integrity measure to ensure that the student visa programme is used as intended and not as a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia.

  • Circumstances in Your Home Country
  • Your Potential Circumstances in Australia
  • Value of the Course to Your Future
  • Your Immigration History
  • Intentions of the Parent, Legal Guardian or Spouse - where the Applicant is under 18
  • Other Relevant Matters

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