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Australian Student Visas

International students in an Australian university

Australia is an amazing country for international students, it even was nominated as the third of the most popular countries for international students. This is because Australia has a high-level education system with many universities to choose from and a wide range of programs. 

 If you are going to study in Australia you need to get a student visa as a part of your application. As an international student, there are many Australian student visas you can apply to, however, it depends on your goals and what exactly you are going to do in Australia.

In this article, we will show you all the Australian student visas options you have that might suit your needs. 

Student Visa Subclass 500

The Student Visa Subclass 500 lets you participate in an eligible course of study in Australia. This means that is the right visa for you if you are thinking about studying your undergraduate courses or apply for a master degree, also if it is the right fit for you if you want to do any postgraduate studies and research.

If you are planning to take a course or certification in Australia like a VET course at TAFE course this visa also suits you perfectly. Just keep in mind that you need to be already enrolled in a course to study in Australia in order to apply for this visa. 

What are the requirements to apply for this visa?

Confirmation of enrolment

To apply for student visas you should show evidence of enrolment in an educational institution in a full-time course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas students. 

This document is called a confirmation of enrolment (CoE). If you are applying outside of Australia you should provide a confirmation of enrolment for each course of study with your visa application. 

On the other hand, if you apply inside of Australia you should provide a Confirmation of enrolment for all intended courses. You must provide this document at the memento of the application.

Remember that if you are applying for more than 1 course, you should include all CoE codes in the application form, otherwise your visa will only cover the CoE provided. 

English sufficiency

You need to provide evidence of your english skills if you are applying for a student visa. Remember that you can be asked to provide this document at any time, while processing your application or since the very beginning.

You can either take the IELTS test, the PTE Academic Test or the TOEFL. It all depends on your preferences. 

English sufficiency test for student visas

Health insurance

You must be covered by Overseas Student Health Cover (OSCH) from an approved Australian health insurance provider. The cover must start from the day you arrive in Australia, not the day your course starts.

Genuine temporary entrant

You have to be a genuine temporary entrant and intend to return home after finishing your studies in Australia. However, do not be afraid if you have a goal of migration to Australia after your studies, you totally can work on this goal but once you are there finishing your studies. 

If you are already in Australia

If you are already in Australia you must hold an eligible visa. You can’t apply for any student visas in Australia while unlawful so be sure your previous visa does not expire when applying for the student visa or in the process. 

What are the benefits of this visa?

Other than studying in Australia you are able to travel in and out of the country without having any problem.

Also, you are able to work up to 40 hours every 2 week-period once your course starts but you are not allowed to work more than that. There is an exception on summer vacations where you are allowed to work full-time. 

Also, you can include family members in your application. It can be your partner or your dependent child under 18 years old.

What is the cost of the student visa

It costs AUD620 for the main applicant and there is also an extra charge for each family member.

Training Visa Subclass 407

This visa is for students that are going to take part in work-based occupational training activities to improve their skills in their job or any specific area of study. Also, if they seek to have professional development by participating in a training program in Australia.

With this visa, you can also participate in a classroom-based professional development training program other than just work, but remember that this visa is not for you if you primarily just want to work, in this case, you can apply for a Working visa instead.

With this visa you can stay in Australia for up to 2 years.

Training class for international students

What are the requirements to apply for this visa?

Sponsor

You need to have a sponsor and this sponsor must be approved as a temporary activities sponsor. Also, your sponsor has to nominate you to participate in a program of occupational training.

Age

You must be 18 years old or older if you want to apply to this visa.

If you are already in Australia

If you are already in Australia, you must hold a valid visa, otherwise you won’t be able to apply for the Training visa. 

Health standards

When applying for this visa you will also be assessed on your health as a part of the visa application process. In the government official website you will find out if you need health examinations and what health examinations you need. 

Health examination to apply for Australian student visas

Genuine temporary entrant

You have to be a genuine temporary entrant and intend to return home after finishing your training in Australia. As we said before, you will be able to change plans and find the best ways to stay in Australia in a lawful way if that is what you want.

English sufficiency

As with the student visa, you need to provide evidence of your english language skills. 

You can either take the IELTS test, the PTE Academic Test or the TOEFL.

What are the benefits of this visa?

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid. Remember that the time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.

What is the cost of the training visa?

It costs AUD 310 for the main applicant and there is also an extra charge for each family member.

We hope we clarify the topic of Australian Student Visas for you. If you have any questions please contact us or leave a comment, we are happy to help you.

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