AUSTRALIA: A Destination for Higher Studies
Australia, a place of endless possibilities is one of most popular destinations for higher studies in abroad. The strong reason behind 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; US & New Zealand release their international education strategies 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 is maintaining better position than UK and US. As media reports*, around 60,000 Indians traveled to Australia for studies in 2016.
Very recently* (December 2017), data released by Department of Education and Training shows more than 606,700 international students have entered Australia so far in 2017, which is 13% than same time last year.
Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVP)
SSVF (Simplified Student Visa Framework) which is effective from July 1, 2016, is designed to build the procedure of applying for study visa easier to navigate and without paper. Under this system few changes were introduced. A single student visa (Subclass 500) is one of of important changes. Earlier there were different subclass for student visa for different level 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 Australian study visa. Visa officer assessing your application will check your application from different aspects. Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has set different requirements that student 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 the particular university or colleges and the university provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) once they lodge student visa applications. Student can apply with a confirmation letter or offer letter provided by university or institute and COE provides enrolment evidence of a student’s, this evidence required before DIBP will appeared for student visa. The COE has information of provided university, course details, fees and duration of study; the university approved issuing by a confirmation letter of a student has enrolled.
What is a 'Genuine Student' requirement
This requirement states that student must be genuine. In other words you have to show that you intend to obtain a valid educational outcome and that you have reasonable language, educational and material background to be a genuine student. While assessing visa application, 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 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 visa. From July 2016, the amount must needed of living cost sets at AU$19,830 for a year. If you have dependents on you like spouse and children then you will needed to show extra funds.
Health & Character requirement
For international students is necessary to prove good health and good character to come into Australia. Students go to for health examination with a doctor and get medical report, which is approved by Australian immigration department. The character requirements for international students don’t have any criminal record and also needed police clarification certificate.
Rules under SSVF introduced in July 2016
The Australian government approved SSVF instead of SVP in 1 July 2016.This is the new frame work of student visa, the reason behind of these changes is that making student visa framework more easily to navigate and without paper and its create a rank field for everyone which is provide education for international students..
- International students chosen the relevant course for study must filled visa subclass 500.
- Student guardian can also apply for visa subclass 590.
- All international students and their guardian can apply visa application online by generating account in IMMI Account.
- The DIBP provides to document checklist tool for new student visa and allowed to student to check their English language and financial evidence prior to apply for visa. It will provide by CRISCOS code and trading name.
Australia Study Visa under New Rules
Post study work permit for Students
There is arrangement of post study work permit for students completing Bachelors, Masters or Phd. This is applicable for those students who have made student visa application after 5th November 2011. To apply for PSW Visa in Australia, the applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree (or a higher level course such as a Masters or PhD) in Australia. Graduates who have completed Bachelor or Masters (Course Work ) will be eligible to apply 2 years post study work permit where are graduates completing Masters( Research) will be eligible to apply 3-4 year post study work permit.
To be eligible for post study work permit, graduate also need to fullfil other requirements of Australian study requirement.The Australian study requirement is defined as 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 duration should not be less than 16 calendar months.
English requirement is also important point to be eligible for post study permit. Candidate need to have cleared IELTS Exam with not less than 6 bands in each medule
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