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Australia - Complete Student VISA Process
The Australian government allows all foreign students to study in the country, but the only catch is that you are required to first receive a student visa. Your visa requirements will be determined by a lot of factors like your age, the type of degree-course you wish to undertake, and the length of time you want to stay in Australia. Regardless of your standing as a foreign student, you would almost definitely need a student (subclass 500) visa.
What is a Student visa (subclass 500)?
A student subclass 500 visa, which has been in place since July 1, 2016, allows you to stay in Australia for the length of your study program, which is usually up to five years and is based on your enrolment date. To ensure a smooth stay, make sure your visa is valid and that you meet the conditions specified on your student visa.
Prerequisites before you apply for a student visa:
- You should be enrolled in the preferred study program.
- You must have an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) or qualify for one of the exemptions.
- You must be at least 6 years old or older.
- You must demonstrate that you are on a welfare program (in case you are less than 18 years of age)
Documents required for an Australian student visa
- Passport/ Birth Certificate
- CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment)/ Offer Letter
- OSHC (Overseas Health Cover)
- Evidence of Financial Capacity for 12 months stay
- English Language Test Scores
- Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement
- Academic and work experience documents
- Visa application fee
- Passport-size photographs
- You might sometimes also require to have a few additional paperwork, depending on your profile and considering other factors. For example, you are required to have parental consent if you are under the age of 18.
Applying for your visa online
Thanks to the online portal and the smooth workflow of it, it has become really very easy for one to apply for your visa, which was an extremely complicated process before. The first step to apply for your student visa application is that you must first build an account on DIBP’s online application system, ImmiAccount. If you’ve applied for your visa, you can check on its status using the same account. You should apply your application no less than six weeks before the beginning of your course and no sooner than 12 weeks before the start of your course.
Making sure your visa remains valid
There are some things you must do after getting your visa to ensure that it remains legitimate:
- Maintain adequate course progress and attendance by staying enrolled.
- Provide your university or college with your Australian address so that they can reach you and make you don’t forget to update them if you move.
- Continue to support yourself financially whilst in Australia.
- Don’t go against the terms of the visa’s operating conditions.
It might feel like the process is very complicated but if you follow all the steps mentioned above, it will be a cakewalk for you.
Just try following the guidelines minutely and make sure you keep yourself updated not just with dates of application but also with all kinds of updates related to your visa, coarse, and other things.