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Student Visa Australia

As a widespread destination of international students, Australia compounds numerous student visa subclasses into one category. The student could apply for a subclass 500 Visa with the basic structure to study full-time in an educational institution.

As per the new simplified student visa framework, which was introduced by the Department of Immigration from 1st July 2016, there will only be a student visa available to study in Australia - Student Visa (subclass 500) for Foreigner students, irrespective of the course of education. It permits education full-time in a registered institution and brings adequate members to stay with the scholar in Australia. The applicant once granted for this visa can stay until the course is completed and remain to work for a specified number of hours.

Choosing the preferred course and institution, the applicant first need to submit an application form to the institution and then follow the process of Getting and accepting an offer letter from the institution. Once this procedure completed, the applicant will acquire an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).

Requirements of a Student Visa in Australia:

Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment(eCOE)


Electronic confirmation of Enrolment is necessary for processing the visa. The student needs to check all requirements to apply the new session of the particular course. You could take the help from Zodiac’s experienced consultants and get registered for the same. As soon as the student gets registered and submits all the necessary documents apart from the English Test score in the exam. After that our consultant will apply for Conditional Offer Letter from the education provider. Nonetheless, In the condition that student has English test score already, we can directly apply for the Unconditional Offer Letter to process the visa. This whole process may take 4-6 weeks to complete which depends upon the process following by the education provider and if any document is outstanding then documents will be requested (if required). And following the process the education provider issues the Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) which is expected for processing the visa to study Australia.

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)

Genuine temporary entrant (GTE) prerequisite is an important factor to make sure that the student visa program is used as envisioned. This visa program is not used as a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia lawfully. The GTE requirement applies to all student visa candidates to study in Australia.

Understand what is Genuine Temporary Entrant(GTE)?

GTE is mattered to show proof of staying in Country temporarily. Candidates, who are applying for a visa as a student or Student Guardian visas must show they are coming to Australia temporarily. And their purpose is to study or to look after a person who is studying in the country. The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement is not proposed to disregard students who develop skills Australia wants and who then go on to apply as a permanent resident.


Financial Requirements


Candidate needs to submit the evidence of sufficient funds that must be 3 months prior to the date of application for the duration of your stay in Australia. You need to submit the Evidence of financial supporter’s employment and annual income evidence letter. And Income evidence letter should be issued from the supporter’s employer confirming employment on the document with including full contact details (address and telephone numbers) and supporter’s personal bank statements and tax returns for the last 3 years of span.

In the case of company sponsorship, so balance sheet and bond signed with the company should produce as evidence. Furthermore, if your supporter is a farmer then Confirmation of income sourced from agriculture such as evidence of ownership and valuation of land, income statement from the regional authority is acceptable.

English Proficiency Requirement

English proficiency is essential to get the student visa and every university or Institute will have their own benchmark score for their respective courses. And Australian universities & colleges accept both IELTS & PTE scores as proof of English expertise. The following guideline for IELTS/PTE score is just an estimate.

Degree/Programs English Test Mark
Diploma courses IELTS - band score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 PTE – averagely 45, not less than 36
Bachelor’s Degree IELTS - averagelyband score of 6.0 score that should not less than 5.5 PTE – averagely 50, not less than 45
Graduate Diploma courses IELTS - averagely band score of 6.5; not less than 6.0 PTE – averagely 6.5, not less than 50
Post-Graduation programs IELTS - averagely band score of 6.5, not less than 6.0 PTE – averagely 6.5, not less than 50

Australian Health Requirement


A candidate must meet definite health requirements and may need to undergo a health analysis and health requirements different based on a different scale your duration of stay in Australia, as well as any health concerns in your own country or any nations you have traveled to for longer than three months within the previous five years. It is recommended to get a health examination which must be done before you lodge your visa application. It should not more than six months before your course starts at the University. A medical test which may include a chest x-ray, HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C test if required under some conditions.

Australian Government officials have the right to add further health requirements at the discretion of the visa processing officer Depending on the conditions. Furthermore, the candidate will be required to meet the health insurance requirements when he/she arrive in Australia as a student to complete the studies.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Student visa holder must have health insurance when you arrive to study in Australia which provides medical and hospital insurance. Health insurance can be provided by obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) or you can select an approved OSHC provider yourself and pay the insurance. A candidate could ask your education provider to organize OSHC for you. There are certain exclusions (no need for OSHC). For example, if you are a student from Sweden or Norway, your insurance is provided by the National Board of Student Aid in Sweden and the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, respectively.

Cost of annual living amounts


Holders of student visas need to be aware of Australia's average cost of living. Attending school is a crucial component of your financial planning. Australia has one of the highest standards of life in the world and is a friendly, affordable nation. For context, the average monthly expenditure of an international student studying in Australia is approximately AUD$1,550, or AUD$390 per week. This cost covers lodging, food, clothes, entertainment, transportation, domestic and international travel, and other expenses. Depending on the location, these costs may differ. You should also factor in additional costs for your return trip home and any unforeseen costs. During each semester, international students are allowed to work up to 40 hours each week. In Australia, there is fierce rivalry for part-time work.