Posted on October 8, 2020
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Australia - One-Stop Destination For Students.

graph2 Australia is undoubtedly considered one of the students’ most preferred destinations to upgrade and enhance their academic careers because it is less expensive than other countries. Australia is also among one of the chosen academic paradises by Indian students, where every fifth student plans to take their next flight to Australia. Flying abroad can be pretty expensive, but cliche says happiness comes with a cost. That reminds me that you must get your visa done before you take your flight to Australia, alright. Let me first take you to the different parameters worth considering before applying for a student visa in Australia, till then go for a virtual tour to Australia and plan your excesses.

Who can apply for a Student Visa, and Why is the Visa required?

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An international student who is not a resident of Australia but wants to travel abroad requires an Australian Student Visa to fulfil their purpose. Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoyKA58d2Yo But the prerequisite point is that you need to get yourself admitted to any one of the elite universities with the minimum required fees duly paid. If you are an international student and enrol yourself for a course lasting four months or more, you will require an Australian Student Visa.

Steps to follow to apply for an Australian Student Visa.

studentaaaaa Before you start lodging your application for an Australian Student Visa, you must ensure the Student Visa Program Assessment Proforma to determine your assessment level for a minimum eligibility level. The assessment level is determined based on your passport country and the course of study selected by you. It is also imperative to state that you can apply for your student visa both online and offline.

Online application for an Australian Student Visa for International Students:

Step 1: To apply for your Australian Student Visa, you will first have to create an online account at ImmiAccount, pulled by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website www.immi.gov.au.

Step 2: Log in to the online application account you just created to proceed with your visa application at LoginImmiAccount and download the Application Form for Student Visa for future reference.

Step 3: You must fill in all the required details carefully. You will be required to attach the necessary documents only through this official account.

Step 4: You will have to submit your application online along with the required visa application fee.

Step 5: When you submit your application, you will be given a Transaction Reference Number (TRN). You must keep a record of this to know the status of your visa application.

Step 6: You can track and manage your application using the Transaction Reference Number (TRN), which you will get after successfully applying for the visa.

Offline Application for Australian Student Visa for International Students:

If you cannot apply online for any reason, you can lodge a paper application for your visa. You must follow the below-mentioned steps:

Step 1: You will need to get a student visa application form. However, you can download the relevant application form online or get an application form from your nearest Australia Visa Application Centre.

Step 2: Lodge your visa application in person at the nearest immigration office outside Australia and pay the required visa application fee.

Step 3: After you submit your visa application, wait for the decision on that.

Documents required for an Australian Student Visa:

If you plan your study in Australia, you will generally need the following to get yourself an Australian Student Visa. The following are the essential requirements:

  1. Proof of admission and enrollment (your electronic confirmation of enrolment).
  2. A valid passport.
  3. Your Australian student visa fee( currently the student visa fee is AU$620 in most cases).
  4. Your Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement.
  5. Your Academic and Work experience documents.
  6. Evidence of your English proficiency skills (such as IELTS test scores).
  7. Evidence of your financial ability (tuition fees, living expenses, expenses for dependents, return airfare).
  8. Details of your health insurance policy (Overseas Student Health Cover).
  9. Your Statement of Purpose.
  10. Your passport-size photographs.

(If you are below 18 years of age, you need to give additional parental consent documents for your Australian Student Visa.)

There are many types of Australian Student Visa that you’ll come across. Let me take you through all of them so that you choose the right one for yourself.

Types of Australian Visa:

1. Independent ELICOS Sector Visa (Subclass 570): If you are among those international students who want to stay in Australia to pursue a full-time English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), then you can apply for this visa. If you wish to undertake ELICOS as a prerequisite to another course, you must infallibly use it under the subclass relevant to the main course.

2. Schools Sector Visa (Subclass 571): If you are among those international students who want to stay in Australia to study a full-time school discipline, you can apply for a Schools Sector Visa. The course may be a primary school discipline, a secondary school discipline; then, you can anyway apply for this.

3. Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa for Certificate (Subclass 572): If you are among those international students who want to sojourn in Australia and pursue a full-time vocational and training course, that includes Certificate I, II, III & IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma, then you can apply for this visa.

4. Higher Education Sector Visa (Subclass 573): Different courses require different kinds of visas. This visa is only meant for those students. They want to stay in Australia to study a full-time higher education discourse, such as a bachelor’s degree, graduate certificate, or graduate diploma.

5. Postgraduate Research Sector Visa (Subclass 574): Students generally move to Australia for their research degree, giving better exposure to conduct research. This visa is only meant for those international students who want to stay in Australia to do their postgraduate study, i.e., a Doctoral degree.

6. Student Guardian Visa (subclass 580): Visa is also necessary for student guardians. This student visa mainly is meant for those international students who prefer to pursue their course in Australia:

  • As the guardian of an international student below 18 years of age studying in Australia on a student visa.
  • As the guardian of an international student over 18 years of age studying in Australia on a student visa.

Does the Australian Student Visa permit you to work?

If you feel like you need extra money while you are on an ongoing course, then you can work 20 hours a week on your Student Visa and as much as you want during your holidays. The grant to work while studying is activated the day you get enrolled in a degree in Australia. The ideal work options with flexible hours for students include retail, hospitality, services, tutoring, and administration work, among others, if you are working. You will get paid as any other employees get paid for their job.

Do’s and Don’t for Australian Student Visa:

There are several rules and regulations that a visa holder must abide by, which can otherwise lead to blacklisting of that international student in Australia.

  • An international student is permitted to work for 20 hours a week while their course is in session. You cannot work before the commencement of your session; otherwise, it can lead to consequences.
  • If any, the guardian is also allowed to work in Australia for the same no-of hours as the student is liable to do. If the guardian works more than 20 hours a week, then their visa might get cancelled. The working hours’ extension will be granted if the student is pursuing a graduate or master’s degree.
  • You have to keep a copy of your visa application and other paper documents until your course comes to an end; if you lose it anyhow, you will have to go through severe penalties.
  • International Students must maintain an Overseas Student Health Cover during their stay in Australia and until their course comes to an end.
  • You can only visit certain places in Australia on your student visa; otherwise, you need to get yourself an Australian Visitor Visa in extreme cases. If you are found touring the country without proper documentation, your visa might get blacklisted.

If, in any case, you do not follow these points after getting your Australian Student Visa, your visa might get cancelled.

Can international student travel use an Australian Student Visa?

Every country follows a different regime for their visa, especially when it comes to students. You cannot travel to other countries using your Australian Student Visa. With your Australian Student Visa, you can visit Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Singapore, and New Zealand. You cannot side away from exploring Australia too when you’re spending hard money on your study abroad. The student visa limits your travel to certain areas, but you can get your hands on a separate visitor visa if you are that desperate to travel and explore other parts of Australia with long term plans in mind.

Types Of Australian Visitor Visa:

1. Electronic Travel Authority Visa (Subclass 601): This tourist visa allows tourists to visit Australia and remain in the country for up to 3 months. You can use this visa to visit family and friends, take a holiday or a cruise and participate in certain business visitor activities.

2. Transit Visa (Subclass 771): This visa allows people transiting through Australia to stay in the country for up to 72 hours. To be considered for a transit visa, you must have confirmed booking to another country within 72 hours of arriving in Australia.

3. Visitor Visa (Subclass 600): This visa allows tourists to visit friends and family in Australia for up to 12 months at a stretch. You cannot undergo medical procedures or participate in business activities using this visa.

4. Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) and Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417): Visitors can use these visas to have an extended holiday of up to 12 months in Australia. To be eligible for this visa, you must be between the age of 18 and 30 years.

NOTE: Both Australian Student Visa and Australian Tourist Visa are two different visa types. You cannot have the perks of both the visas for a single one. They serve various purposes individually.

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