How Do You Apply For An Australian Student Visa?

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Your application will be considered against one of five assessment levels, based on the level of study visa risk posed by applicants from a particular country. Each country is assigned an assessment level based on calculated risks of study visa within that group. The lower the assessment level, the lower the perceived risk of students visa.

If you are placed in a higher assessment level, you will be required to produce higher degrees of evidence to show that you intend to study in Australia. Students in lower assessment levels often have their visa processing times streamlined. If you have been accepted by a registered institution to study a bachelor or masters degree then you are also eligible to have your visa process streamlined, regardless of your country of origin.

There are also some, more general requirements to test your “standard of character”, though these shouldn’t pose a problem: they mainly refer to possessing suitable health insurance and ensuring students meet required financial standards.

What evidence/documentation do I need to provide?

You must be able to demonstrate that you can cover the set AU$ minimum annual living costs, as well as tuition fees and air fares (note that these costs will depend on where you choose to study). You must also be able to prove that you can access these funds while studying, as well as provide evidence of your proficiency in the English language (IELTS scores) and the academic qualifications you have. Any translations of materials must be done so by a translator who has been accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

Other specific documents you need to provide will vary depending on your study level and provider, and should be pursued directly with your host institution.

Cost of an Australian student visa:

Costs vary depending on the type of visa you’re applying for and your specific circumstances. All applications however include a base fee of AU$535 that is supplemented by additional charges.

You can check exactly how much you’ll have to pay by looking at the visa pricing table. You can make these payments by debit or credit card.

Maintaining your visa:

Australian student visas are conditional, so even once you’ve successfully obtained one you’ll have to comply with a set number of conditions to keep it. Whilst conditions vary across visa types, the following conditions apply to all visa subclasses:

You class attendance and academic progress must be of a satisfactory level
You must remain enrolled in a registered course, unless you are an AusAID/Defence student
You must maintain adequate health insurance
You must continue to satisfy the initial requirements of your visa: i.e. sufficient funds, same study programme
You won’t have permission to work as part of paid employment until your course commences, at which point you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during term time (and unlimited hours outside of term time). This does not include unpaid, voluntary work, or that which is part of your course.
You must inform your host institution of your current address within 7 days of arriving in Australia