Australia student visa

Choosing to study in Australia is a thrilling step toward a promising future. You must first finalise a few items before proceeding. One of the most critical things you’ll need is a student visa, specifically the Student visa (subclass 500).

But what do you need to submit a successful application? The following is a step-by-step approach to obtaining an Australia student visa.

WHY SHOULD YOU STUDY IN AUSTRALIA?

When it comes to studying in Australia, international students have many options. The high level of education, wide range of courses available, and post-study employment opportunities make it one of the most popular locations for Indian students. Australian universities excel in research, particularly in the arts and humanities, education, and sciences.

  • A well-known location for students from all over the world.
  • Qualifications that are globally recognised
  • Rights of International Students
  • Linguistic variety
  • Government monetary assistance
  • A steadily rising economy with promising job possibilities
  • A degree that is respected all across the world
  • Fantastic weather and outdoor activities

Australia is home to some of the world’s top universities. Australian universities provide a diverse choice of courses in a wide range of areas. In comparison to the UK and the US, tuition fees are lower here. Students at Australian institutions are eligible for a four-year post-study work permit. This might pave the route for permanent residency in Australia.

The universities in this area are well-known for their excellent standards and innovative teaching approaches. Their degrees are recognised worldwide. Another benefit of studying in Australia is the relatively inexpensive cost of living in comparison to other nations. Students can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) while studying to help cover some of their tuition costs.

COST OF STUDYING IN AUSTRALIA

In Australian universities, Arts, Education, and Humanities courses  are cheaper while subjects like Engineering and Medicine are expensive. Studies at the Post Graduate level have higher tuition fees.

Study Program Average Tuition Fees in AUD$
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree $15,000 – $35,000 yearly
Postgraduate Master’s Degree $20,000 – $40,000 yearly
Doctoral Degree $14,000 – $37,000 yearly

Academic Entry Requirements

Academic prerequisites (including English language proficiency) will differ based on the subject you wish to pursue. All available courses are shown on our homepage in the Study Australia Course Search feature.

Please carefully examine the course entrance requirements on each education provider’s website and contact the provider directly if you require any additional information.

General advice

English language training: For additional information, see ‘Proof of English Proficiency’ below.

Schools: Admission standards differ by school and, in some cases, by state and region.

Vocational education and training (VET): In most circumstances, no entrance tests are required for VET institutes. Some courses, however, may need you to have studied specific subjects or have job experience.

Undergraduate programmes in higher education require an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12) or equivalent. Some undergraduate courses may also have particular prerequisite disciplines.

Higher education postgraduate course: You must have completed at least one undergraduate degree. Education providers may also take into account your research ability or relevant professional experience.

Cost of Australia Student Visa

The Australia Student visa costs from AUD630 for the main applicant, unless they are exempt. There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics. To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the other costs.

All online services and applications are paid in Australian dollars. MasterCard, VISA, and American Express are all accepted credit cards. When paying with a credit card in Australian dollars, you may incur banking and currency translation costs, and you must bear the risk of currency fluctuations.

Eligibility Requirement for Australia Student Visa

1. Be enrolled in a course of study and provide evidence

You must include evidence of enrolment in study with your student visa application, or your application will not be valid and can’t be processed.

Providing a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)

You must be enrolled in a full time course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Applying outside Australia: provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for each course of study with your visa application.

Applying inside Australia: provide a CoE or Letter of Offer for all intended courses. You must provide your CoE before we can grant your visa.

Packaged courses and CoEs

If you are applying for more than 1 course in your student visa application you must include all CoE codes in the application form or your visa period may only consider the duration of the course according to the the CoE provided.

You can apply to take 2 or more courses on your Student visa where one course clearly leads to the next.  Course gaps must be less than two calendar months, unless the first course finishes at the end of the standard academic year and the next course commences at the beginning of the standard academic year.

If you are applying for more than 1 course in your student visa application you must include all CoE codes in the application form or your visa may only cover the CoE provided.

Other evidence of enrolment

You do not need to provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) if you are:

  • enrolled in a full-time course of study or training under a scholarship scheme approved by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: provide a letter of support
  • sponsored by the Australian Department of Defence: provide a letter of support
  • a secondary exchange student: provide an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Student (AASES) form
  • a postgraduate research student who needs to stay in Australia while your thesis is marked: provide a letter from your education provider

2. Genuine temporary entrant requirement

All applicants for a Student visa must show they are coming to Australia temporarily to gain a quality education. The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement is not to exclude students who, after studying in Australia, develop skills Australia needs and who then go on to apply for permanent residence.

As an applicant provide a personal statement in English addressing the GTE requirement. If you are not comfortable writing it in English, you can write your statement in your own language and submit a translated copy with your application.

You can provide further details of the written statement in the application form or attach a separate document with supporting documents.

3. Good Character

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You must be of good character to visit or live in Australia. This means you must pass the character test, and remain of good character. The character requirements are set out under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958. They help us decide if you are of good character.

You may not pass the character requirements in some circumstances. These include if:

  • you have a substantial criminal record
  • you have been convicted of escaping from immigration detention, or convicted for an offence that you committed:
    • while you were in immigration detention
    • during an escape from immigration detention
    • after an escape, but before you were taken into immigration detention again
  • you are or have been a member of a group or organisation, or had or have an association with a person, group or organisation that the Minister reasonably suspects of being involved in criminal conduct
  • the Minister reasonably suspects that you have been involved in people smuggling, people trafficking, genocide, a war crime, a crime against humanity, a crime involving torture or slavery, or a crime that is of serious international concern, whether or not you have been convicted of such an offence
  • your past and present criminal or general conduct shows that you are not of good character
    • convicted, found guilty or had a charge proven for, one or more sexually based offences involving a child
    • you are subject to an adverse security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
    • you are subject to an Interpol notice, from which it is reasonable to infer that you are a direct or indirect risk to the Australian community, or a segment of the Australian community
    • convicted of a domestic violence offence or have ever been subject to a domestic violence order

      When applying:

      • declare all criminal conduct you have engaged in
      • truthfully answer all questions
      • provide all requested information

4. Have adequate health insurance

You and your family members must have and maintain adequate health insurance for the whole of your stay in Australia. You and your family members must be covered by Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) from an approved Australian health insurance provider, unless an ‘Exception’ applies.

Applicants outside Australia

Your cover must start from the day you and your family arrive in Australia, not the day your course starts. If you have been granted a visa and want to travel to Australia before your course begins, the OSHC start date must be the same as the date you arrive, not the date your course starts. Generally this is a minimum of 1 week to 1 month before your course starts.

You must:

  • ensure you don’t enter Australia before your OSHC begins, and
  • maintain your OSHC until you leave Australia.

You may be eligible to enter Australia if you cannot prove you have health insurance in place when you arrive.

Applicants in Australia

Applicants must have OSHC. If your previous visa required you to have health insurance, cover must be continuous with  no gap between your previous health cover and your OSHC.

Exceptions

You do not need to have OSHC if you are:

  • a Norwegian student covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme
  • a Swedish student covered by Kammarkollegiet
  • a Belgian student covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia

How to get Overseas Student Health Cover

To get OSHC:

  • find an approved provider
  • pay for your policy

Your education provider or agent might arrange OSHC for you.

If your education provider arranges your OSHC coverage, you will need to know the name of your health insurance provider, the date that your policy starts and finishes and should be aware of the terms and conditions of your policy. Your education provider will also need to include your health insurance information on your Certificate of Enrolment (CoE).

If you arrange OSHC coverage yourself, you will need to know the policy number to include in the visa application.

We will refuse your visa application if you don’t give us this information when you apply for your student visa.

Insurance for family members

If you have a single OSHC policy and you have family members, including children born in Australia after your arrival, consider getting a family policy. Every member of your family must have health insurance.

Any family member who joins you after you arrive in Australia must show us they have OSHC for the duration of their stay in Australia.

5. Have enough money for your stay

You must have enough money to pay for your stay in Australia.

6. Meet English language requirements

You might need to provide evidence of your English language skills at the time you submit your visa application. You must have taken the English language test in the 2 years before you apply for a student visa.

If you need to provide evidence of your English language skill, you must provide evidence that you:

  • have obtained a certain test score in an English language test that the Department has approved, or
  • fall into an exemption category listed below

English language evidence exemptions

You do not need to provide evidence of an English test score with your visa application if one of the following applies:

  • you are a citizen and hold a passport from UK*, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland
  • an applicant who is a Foreign Affairs or, Defence sponsored student or a Secondary Exchange student (AASES)
  • you are enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), a course registered to be delivered in a language other than English, or a registered post-graduate research course
  • completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
  • in the 2 years before applying for the student visa, you completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while you held a student visa.

Note: You may provide evidence of an English test score with your visa application if you hold a British National Overseas (BNO) passport.

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Documents Required for an Australia Student Visa

We are providing you with all necessary paperwork that you may be need under Streamlines and Regular Evidentiary documents. Remember, because the application is only available online, students must have scanned copies of all the papers mentioned ready before beginning their online application. Please keep in mind that the list of Regular Evidentiary Documents is in addition to the documents required for the SSVF processing.

  • Valid Passport – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in Australia.
  • Non-immigrant Visa Application
  • Application fee payment receipt
  • Confirmation of Enrolment Form (COE) – To obtain a visa to study in Australia you must be fully enrolled in an Australian institution and receive a “Confirmation of Enrolment (COE)”. These forms are issued by the Australian institution you will be attending. The forms are usually issued after the tuition fees have been received.
  • Acceptance letter from your host university, this will include the proposed study plan
  • Overseas health insurance receipt (OSHC)
  • Recent Digital photographs
  • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended
  • English Language Test Scores
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Evidence of Financial Capacity

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Length of stay for Student visas

The length of stay is based on the course you intend to study. Additional time may be available at the end of the course depending on its length. The ‘expiry date’ of your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) (and any welfare arrangements, where relevant) will also be taken into account. At minimum OSHC must cover the course length.

To be granted a student visa to cover the additional time students must have OSHC in place for the same period. For example, if your course is a year in length ending 30 August, you will be eligible for a student visa to 30 October, provided you have OSHC to that date.

You should consider this when deciding how much OSHC to purchase, as your visa end date cannot be changed once granted.

Subject to the ‘expiry date’ of your OSHC and any welfare arrangements (where relevant), your length of stay will generally be as follows:

Length of course Length of stay
10 months or longer, finishing at the end of the Australian academic year (November to December) We will usually grant a visa stay period to 15 March of the following year
10 months or longer, finishing from January until October 2 months longer than the course
Less than 10 months 1 month longer than the course

The maximum length of stay for a Student visa will generally not exceed 5 years.

Postgraduate research students

The length of stay for Postgraduate Research students is generally 6 months longer than the usual relevant period set out in the table above. This additional time allows these students to remain in Australia during the interactive marking of their thesis.

Australia Student Visa Processing Time

Before you submit your visa application ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements. The processing time for your visa is usually four weeks. You can apply for the visa 124 days before the start of your course and you can travel to the country 90 days before the commencement of your course.

If you have any dependents, they can apply for the same Subclass 500 visa. Even if they may not come with you immediately, you must declare your dependents in your visa application. Otherwise, they may not be eligible for a dependent visa later.

Step by Step Application Process for Australia Student Visa

Step 1

Before you apply

Outside Australia – Apply for your visa at least 6 weeks before your course starts.

In Australia – Allow plenty of time to apply for your next visa, avoid waiting to the last day your current substantive visa expires in case of unexpected complications, as we may not always be able to help you.

Organise health exams; Get help with your application; Have a valid passport

You and your family members must hold a valid passport in order to lodge a student visa application. If you are in Australia and your current passport expires, you will need to renew it before you apply for your student visa.

Step 2

Gather your documents

To see what you will need to provide evidence of, use the Document Checklist Tool.

Enter your country of passport and education provider to get an accurate document checklist. Choose the option ‘I have not decided on a provider yet’ in the tool if you have not yet chosen a provider.

The tool will tell you what you will need to provide evidence of. If the tool says you need to provide evidence of a certain thing, select ‘Show steps’ to see what kind of evidence you might submit.

Re-check the document checklist based on the country of passport and education provider just before you submit your application to be sure you have the most current list. The Document Checklist Tool is updated twice a year on 31 March and 30 September.

Provide accurate information

Provide accurate information.

Step 3

Apply for the visa

You must apply for this visa online. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply.

If you are in Australia

You must hold an eligible substantive visa, or apply:

  • within 28 days of holding a Student visa, a Special Purpose visa, or a dependent Diplomatic (temporary) visa or
  • within 28 days of being notified by the Tribunal that your visa cancellation has been set aside.

You cannot apply for a student visa if you hold one of the following visas:

  • Domestic Worker (Temporary) Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426)
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or consular) stream
  • Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) – primary visa holder only. A family member of a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) can apply for a Student visa in Australia
  • Transit visa (subclass 771)
  • Visitor visa (subclass 600) in the Sponsored Family stream or in the Approved Destination Status stream.

Apply online

  1. Create or log in to ImmiAccount
  2. Attach documents
  3. Pay the visa application charge

Paying the application charge 

When you submit your application you must:

  • pay for you and your family members or your application will not be valid
    or
  • provide proof of exemption as shown in ‘Step by step’, Gather your documents.

If your visa cancellation was set aside by the Tribunal you can’t apply online.  Instead submit a ImmiAccount technical support form.

Note: a valid application must be made within the eligibility timeframe as late applications will not be accepted.

Note:

  1. You cannot receive a student visa for your child if they are 18 years or over at the time your visa expiration. Instead, they should apply for their own visa.
  2. Where subsequent entrants are siblings (two or more children with no parent), they must each make a separate subsequent entrant student visa application and pay the base visa application charge to join their parent.

Step 4

After you apply

See what you can and must do after you apply:

Status updates

If it is within standard processing times do not call. We can’t provide any further updates on the application’s progress. You can see if we have asked for more information in your ImmiAccount.

Biometrics

They might ask for biometrics. Most applicants will be advised immediately after submitting an application if you need to provide biometrics. You will receive a letter and will also be able to see this request in your ImmiAccount and will be given 14 days to provide biometrics so it is important to arrange an appointment quickly using the instructions in the request letter. You must provide biometrics before travelling to Australia.

Health exams

Stay lawful in Australia

Travel after you apply

Step 5

Visa outcome

The office will let you know in writing their decision about your visa application. They will tell you:

  • your visa grant number
  • the date your visa expires
  • your visa conditions

Keep a copy of the decision with you when in Australia.

If they refuse your visa they will let you know in writing. They will tell you why they refused and whether you have a right to a review of the decision.

They will not refund the application charge if they refuse your application.

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How do I apply for a student visa for Australia?

You can apply for an Australian Student Visa maximum of 124 days prior to the commencement of your course. Also, you can travel to Australia a maximum of 90 days prior to the start of your course. 

Under the new SSVF Guidelines. the Australian Student Visa process is completely online. Here are the steps you need to follow

  1. To start an online application, you will need to create and log into your ImmiAccount.
  2. Applicants should fill the visa application form corresponding to the visa subclass under which they are eligible to apply for. (Education agents and Registered Migration Agents (RMAs) based in India who are registered to access the student online lodgment facility can lodge student eVisa applications on the behalf of the student.)
  3. To track your application, you will again need to login to your ImmiAccount.  You can use your account to attach documents, update passport details, change email, and address details, and check the progress of your application.
  4. A Transaction Reference Number (TRN) is a unique number for each online application. You will need this to track and manage your application, identify when you need to communicate with the visa center, and check your visa entitlements.

Reasons for Rejection of an Australian Visa Application

Read the reasoning for each point carefully and refer to the suggestions to avoid disappointment caused by rejection:

History of Student Visa Rejections

When asked, you must disclose the truth about recent student visa rejections. Include the specific reason for your rejection within Australia or another country. While being truthful, please keep in mind that the information on visa rejections on other types of visas is not required. This comprises visas such as a tourist visa, work permit, exchange visitor visa, immigrant visa, and so on. You should not discuss the rejections other than the student visa application for Australia or another country.

Paying for Educational Expenses

You must demonstrate to the visa officer that you can cover the overall costs of your study in Australia. This includes tuition, living expenses, travel allowance, and other other costs associated with studying in a foreign nation. You may be required to take out an education loan, which you must specify in your application as proof that you can cover the costs. If you fail to present the necessary financial documentation confirming your ability to cover the educational and living costs in Australia, your Visa application may be denied.

Falsifying Information

Visa officers expect you to offer accurate information about your and your family’s income and savings that you intend to use to cover your overall expenses. You should include the precise amount of your course tuition and living expenses, as well as your income and savings. This amount is double-checked to ensure that you can cover the educational and living expenses associated with studying in Australia. If you intend to take out an educational loan, you must provide the exact amount of the loan. The next stage would be to talk about how you want to repay the same. Other reasons include:

  • Inadequate language or communication skills
  • Misbehaviour during the visa interview
  • Failure to explain the reason for choosing a particular course, university, or country
  • Inability to provide convincing answers during the interview
  • The inability of confirming a necessary return to your country after completion of education

What to Do If they reject your Student Visa Application

  • Understand the reason for the Student Visa rejection
  • Overcome the Problem/reason for rejection
  • Re-apply for the Student Visa
  • Apply to another country

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