AUSTRALIA: A Destination for Higher Studies
Australia, a place of endless possibilities, is one of the most popular destinations for higher studies abroad. The strong reason for choosing Australia’s higher education is the quality of teaching and research, qualification, institution, education system, and personal safety. No doubt the other countries like Canada, the US & New Zealand release their international education strategies from time to time to attract more students. Even Asian countries like Singapore & Malaysia also revamp their strategies and efforts to attract more students, but still, Australia is maintaining its position. If we see the latest ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer, Australia maintains a better position than the UK and US. As media reports*, around 60,000 Indians travelled to Australia for studies in 2016.
Very recently* (December 2017), data released by the Department of Education and Training shows more than 606,700 international students have entered Australia so far in 2017, which is 13% than the same time last year.
Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVP)
SSVF (Simplified Student Visa Framework), effective from July 1, 2016, is designed to build the procedure of applying for a study visa easier to navigate and without paper. Under this system, few changes were introduced. A single student visa (Subclass 500) is one of the important changes. Earlier, there were different subclass for student visas for different levels of studies. Now student visa applications are filed online, and it is mandatory for all students. According to the new rule, India has been moved up from Level III 'high risk' rating to Level II 'moderate risk'. This change will certainly support Indian student's dream of studying in Australia.
'Australian Study Visa' Requirements
If you are planning to study in Australia, you will need to obtain an Australian study visa. The Visa officer assessing your application will check your application from different aspects. Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has set different requirements that students must fulfil. These requirements are as under
- Confirmation of Enrolment (COE)
- Genuine Student
- Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)
- Financial requirements,
- English proficiency requirements,
- Health and Character requirements.
Confirmation of enrolment (COE)
International students must be joined in a registered course at a particular university or college, and the university provides a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) once they lodge student visa applications. Students can apply with a confirmation letter or offer letter provided by the university or institute, and COE provides enrollment evidence of a student’s. This evidence is required before DIBP will appear for a student visa. The COE has information of provided university, course details, fees, and duration of the study; the university approved issuing by a confirmation letter of a student has enrolled.
What is a 'Genuine Student' requirement
This requirement states that students must be genuine. In other words, you have to show that you intend to obtain a valid educational outcome and that you have a reasonable language, educational and material background to be a genuine student. While assessing visa application, the visa office can check your English language proficiency, Sufficient finances, Prerequisite schooling (such as secondary and post-secondary education), Age requirements, and Intention to comply with visa conditions.
What is 'Genuine Temporary Entrant ' (GTE)
Introduced in November 2011, the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requires a student applying for a study visa must be Genuine Temporary Entrants. This means that your primary purpose of coming to Australia on a student visa is to study, and along with that, you have the required English proficiency, you accept responsibility for obtaining your student visa and adhering to the conditions on your visa, you have genuine access to sufficient funds to cover your tuition costs, OSHC. In brief, your purpose must be to study in Australia and nothing else.
The decision-makers at DIAC will consider the following factors:
- The circumstances in your home country
- The potential circumstances for you in Australia
- The value of your chosen course to your future
- Your immigration history
- Any other relevant matters
While deciding whether you are both a genuine student and a GTE, you may be asked to attend an interview at your nearest Australian embassy or consulate.
Evidence of enough funds for living cost travel cost and tuition fee is required to apply for the visa.
As of October 2019, the 12-month living costs are;
- For students or guardians - AUD$21,041
- For partners coming with you - AUD$7,362
- For a child coming with you - AUD$3,152
Health & Character requirement
For international students is necessary to prove good health and good character to come into Australia. Students go for a health examination with a doctor and get a medical report, which the Australian immigration department approves. The character requirements for international students don’t have any criminal record and needed a police clearance certificate.
Rules under SSVF introduced in July 2016
The Australian government approved SSVF instead of SVP on 1 July 2016. This is the new framework of a student visa; the reason behind these changes is making the student visa framework more easily to navigate and without paper. It creates a rank field for everyone, which provides education for international students.
- International students chosen the relevant course for study must fill visa subclass 500.
- Student guardians can also apply for visa subclass 590.
- All international students and their guardians can apply for visa applications online by generating an account in IMMI Account.
- The DIBP provided a checklist tool for a new student visa and allowed students to check their English language and financial evidence before applying for the visa. It will provide by CRISCO code and trading name.
Australia Study Visa Updates
Post study work permit for Students
There is an arrangement of post-study work permits for students completing Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs. This is applicable for those students who have made student visa applications after 5th November 2011. To apply for PSW Visa in Australia, the applicant must have completed a Bachelor's degree (or a higher-level course such as a Master's or PhD) in Australia. Graduates who have completed Bachelor or Masters (Course Work ) will be eligible to apply for 2 years post-study work permits. Graduates completing Masters( Research) will be eligible to apply for a 3-4 year post-study work permit.
To be eligible for a post-study work permit, graduates also need to fulfil other requirements of the Australian study requirement. The Australian study requirement is defined as a study in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) for a period of at least 2 academic years (92 weeks). The course should be conducted in English, and the duration should not be less than 16 calendar months.
English requirement is also important to point to to be eligible for a post-study permit. Candidates need to have cleared IELTS Exam with not less than 6 bands in each module.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2011 Jaspal Singh