EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN STUDENT VISA! We’ll answer all your questions about the Student Visa in Australia – the eligibility criteria, the application process, the cost, procedures and other formalities. Let’s go!
1 – STUDENT VISA: HOW MUCH TIME TAKES THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
As soon as you have made your choice of studies, the application process can take from 48 hours to 1 month, depending on the school you have chosen.
No need to start the process 3 months in advance but you it helps to start thinking about your project, and what you’d like to study in advance! 😉
2 – WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT VISA IN AUSTRALIA?
To be eligible for the Student Visa you must:
- Have been accepted in an Australian school accredited by the Government (CRICOS Accredited). You will receive a confirmation called “Confirmation of Enrolment” or COE. This is the proof of enrolment in a school. And, if you are wondering what to study and the options, it’s here!
- Have taken out an “Overseas Student Health Cover” (OSHC).
- You will also need to write a GTE or “Statement of Purpose” letter. This is a cover letter explaining why studying in Australia is key to your career plan. This part is really important because you are speaking directly to the Australian Immigration. You have to explain them your situation and especially why you chose to study in Australia.
But don’t panic, we will guide you! We give you all the keys for writing a GTE that the Immigration can simply not refuse!
3 – HOW MUCH DOES A STUDENT VISA IN AUSTRALIA COST?
The Australian Student Visa costs, at the time of this article, AUD 620.
Note that if you are applying for your Student Visa onshore and that you have also applied for your previous visa onshore, you will have to pay an extra AUD 700.
4 – IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A STUDENT VISA?
Good news! Unlike the Working Holiday Visa to which you can only apply until the day before you turn 35 years old or 36 for French, Irish…), there is no age limit for the Student Visa.
5 – IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A STUDENT VISA APPLICATION REFUSED?
Unfortunately yes, in some cases, the Australian Immigration reserves the right to refuse an application, for instance, if you have a criminal record or if your GTE letter does not meet the requirements of the Immigration.
You can drop by the agency or contact us anytime and ask us your questions. Our services are for free. 🙂
6 – HOW MUCH BUDGET SHOULD I CONSIDER TO LAUNCH A STUDENT VISA?
To launch your student visa, you will have to take into account three types of costs:
- The first term of the school that you have chosen (You must also include the material costs and registration fee)
- The Student Health Insurance (OSHC) which should cover you for the entire duration of your visa
- The cost of the Visa itself.
Contact us directly to discuss your project!
7 – DO I HAVE TO PROVE ACCESS TO SUFFICIENT FUNDS WHEN I LODGE A STUDENT VISA?
In general, no. In some cases, the Australian Immigration will ask you for more documents. In this case, you will have to prove access to approx. $29k for a single person and $40k for a couple.
8 – IS IT MANDATORY TO HAVE A HEALTH INSURANCE TO APPLY?
Yes it is, the Immigration Department insists that you take out an “Overseas Student Health Cover” (OSHC) type of insurance. This one must cover you for the duration of your studies including the additional 1 to 2 months authorised by the Visa.
StudyBird also supports you every steps of the way including the subscription to a good health insurance to obtain your student visa.
9 – IS IT POSSIBLE TO KEEP THE SAME HEALTH INSURANCE AS WITH THE WHV?
Unfortunately not, the insurances for the Working Holiday Visa are not accepted. You absolutely need an OSHC type of health insurance to apply to the Student Visa.
10 – WILL I BE REFUNDED IF MY STUDENT VISA IS REFUSED?
No, the Australian Immigration does not refund Visa if they have been refused.
11 – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INSURANCE: WILL I BE REFUNDED IF I DECIDE TO LEAVE BEFORE THE END OF MY VISA?
The OSHC insurance will refund you the proportion of your insurance that you will not use. It can take 4 to 6 weeks to get your reimbursement. The StudyBird Team helps you with this as well!
You can also find tones of information on the website of the Australian Immigration.
Other questions? Contact us here!
Cheers and good luck!
The StudyBird Team