Effective from 1st July 2016, international students who want to come to Australia to study full-time at a registered educational institution must apply for a Student visa (subclass 500). Student guardians will apply for the new Student Guardian visa (subclass 590).Under the changes, consideration of both the student’s education provider and country of citizenship are used as risk factors to determine the level of evidence of English language and financial capacity that the student needs to provide with their visa application.
The Student visa allow students to come to Australia and study on a full-time basis at a registered education institution. For the Student visa, among other things the student must satisfy the:
- Enrolment in a full time registered course of study with an evidence of Letter of Offer and Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE);
- Genuine Temporary Entrant requirements:The legislative requirement requires the student to be a ‘genuine applicant for entry and stay as a student’. All applicants (whether in or outside Australia) must satisfy the Department that the applicant is a ‘genuine temporary entrant’ and ‘genuine student’ who:seeks to enter/stay in Australia temporarily for the purpose of study;will abide by visa conditions; andwill not become an unlawful non-citizen. The GTE requirement applies to all visa applicants.
- English requirement: Unless exempt, visa applicant must provide documentary evidence of your English requirement. Eentry requirements vary between institutions and according to level of English language course prospective students wants to study. English language skill required by an institution can be different from the level of skill required for your student visa application.
- Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC): An important requirement of student visa is that you have adequate Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) while you are studying in Australia.
- Financial Requirement: Evidence that you have genuine access to funds which can cover your transit to, your stay and your study while you are in Australia.
- Health and character requirements.
Family members(spouse and children) can be included in the application as dependents.
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Note: If there is any dependent applicant(s) between 5 – 17 years of age, evidence of enrolment in an Australian school is required.
Work Rights: Australian student visa allows you to study and work in Australia. To work in Australia, you should have a Tax File Number (TFN). The student visa allows you to work legally part-time (up to 40 hours every 2 weeks), however student may work unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks.
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