March 1, 2024

The road to student visas: Australia

The road to student visas: Australia
by
Deni Isic

The dream of catching a wave on a surfboard on the Australian beaches and living a lifestyle in warmer regions... We all have that. In order to fulfil that dream you'll need a student visa. Fortunately, it's easier than you think, especially with these guides that you're so good at reading.

To be considered for a student visa in Australia you must be admitted to a university or school and you must meet a number of requirements. You must be an actual student with sufficient background and language skills.

Obviously, we can help with that.

Here are the nitty gritty details. If your studies last a minimum of 3 months in Australia, you must apply for a student visa. The convenience of an Australian student visa is that it can be applied for online. When applying online, use:

  • the CoE code (it appears in your letter of admission)
  • your passport number
  • your account number

It may take some time from the time you apply for your visa until you actually get it approved and have it in your hands. That's why it's always smart to apply in good time, boys and girls!

Below you can find answers to the typical topics and questions that will determine to if you'll get a student visa! Remember that your University will assist you in this process, so you're never left alone.

What is a "genuine student"?

To meet this requirement, you must prove that you have a real interest in completing the study, have good language skills to pass the study and at the same time have the right educational background for the study you want to participate in.

You also need to have the financials in place. In addition, you must have the intention to comply within the rules of the visa. Basically, they're just trying to make sure that you're arriving to study and not to become homeless.

What is "genuine temporary entrant"?

This is a person who has the intention about coming to Australia temporarily to study in Australia (or being a guardian of a student) and then returning to your home country after graduating.

There are several factors to consider, to enter this:

  • What country do you live in? Is there anything that keeps you from traveling back?
  • Will education in Australia really benefit you in the future?
  • Have you immigrated to other countries in the past?
  • Other factors in your life that have an impact.

If in doubt, you will be called for an interview at the Australian Embassy. In most cases, just fill out the application form online.

What is "good character"?

In general, it will be that you are not a criminal and have not spent time in prison. If you have been in jail, you may be denied a visa because of this. In some cases you will be asked to show a criminal record.

What is "good physical health"?

You may be required to undergo a health examination and have X-rays taken. If you come across this, it must be done by a doctor who is approved by the Australian Immigration Service. A hassle? Yes, but just remind yourself of the beautiful beaches.

A student visa does not include health insurance. All students (except from Norway and Belgium) must purchase the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) health insurance. This insurance can be purchased through the university or from insurance companies.

Is there an age limit?

You must be at least 6 years old, so unless you have skipped some classes you should meet this requirement. If you are over 6 years old, you can apply as long as you are admitted to a university or educational institution.

Can I work when I have a student visa?

Yes, you may work to a certain limit, for a maximum of 40 hours over a period of two weeks. As an international student, you have a visa and therefore you are eligible to apply for a work permit. It costs 55 Australian dollars to apply for this permit. With a student visa, you have the opportunity to work up to 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays.

During the holidays, you must work full-time. Part-time work can be a great way to pay for rent and give you some extra cash. Please note, however, that you can only start working when you have a tax card and a bank account with an Australian bank. Please note that you are not allowed to work before your studies start, even if you arrive before the commencement of your studies.

 

Can I study part-time and work the rest of the time?

No, you have to study full-time to get a student visa. If you want to study less than full time, you will need another visa, here a Working Holiday visa is a better solution in this case.

What kind of education should I go on?

It can be any education as long as it is approved by the Australian authorities for foreign students.

I have not any admission certificate (CoE), can I still apply?

No, you must have a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) certificate before you can apply. Applying for a visa is one of the last steps in the process of getting to Australia and studying. You must first apply and be admitted to a university or educational institution in Australia. Only once you have received the Confirmation of Enrolment from the university can you apply for a visa. Luckily, the University will assist you in this process.

How much does a student visa to Australia cost?

The online application for a Student visas to Australia cost 620 Australian Dollars. It is worth mentioning that you may typically be used to converting from US Dollars, which is equivalent to approx. 475 USD.

Easier than you just went and thought, right? Once you have applied for the visa, you can gradually begin to practice your surfing skills.

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