New Working Hour Regulations
Starting from July 1st this year, modifications to student visa rules now allow holders to work up to 48 hours per fortnight. This adjustment aims to ensure that international student visa holders can focus on their Australian education while also gaining valuable work experience to support themselves financially.
Application Process for Studying in Australia
To study in Australia, two main steps are involved: applying for admission to an educational institution and applying for a student visa subclass 500 from the Australian Government.
You can apply for a student visa when pursuing the following types of courses:
- English Course
- Vocational Courses
- University Courses
Student Visa Duration
Your student visa will remain valid for the duration of your study program, including holiday periods. Additionally, it grants you a window of time to stay in Australia after your course concludes. The length of this period, ranging from one to three months, depends on your course duration and its completion month.
Age Limit for Australian Student Visas
Applicants of all ages can apply for an Australian Student Visa, but specific conditions apply if you’re under 18 years old.
Requirements for an Australian Student Visa
Meeting entry requirements is necessary for both institution and visa applications. This includes:
- English Language Requirements: Some courses require specific English language scores. While the government sets minimum scores, institutions may have higher standards based on the course.
- Proof of Sufficient Funds: You must demonstrate enough funds to cover tuition, travel, and living expenses.
- Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE): You need to show your intention to study in Australia temporarily.
- Medical Examination: The need for a medical examination depends on your visa type, stay duration, risk factors, and activities in Australia.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC): Enrolling in OSHC insurance is mandatory for health coverage during your time as a student in Australia.
- Character Requirements: These include not having had a previous visa cancellation or application refusal.
Step-by-Step Visa Application Guide
- Choose Your Course and Institution: Research and pick your preferred course and educational institution in Australia.
- Submit Your Application: Apply either directly to the institution or through an Australian education agent.
- Receive and Accept the Offer: If accepted, you’ll receive a Letter of Offer. Respond by signing and sending an acceptance of the offer.
- Get Your eCoE: After paying your deposit, you’ll receive an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) outlining your course details.
- Apply for Your Student Visa: Apply online, whether you’re in or outside Australia. Visa outcomes will be communicated in writing by the Department of Home Affairs. Visa fees are non-refundable if your application is refused.
Student Visa Benefits
With a student visa, you can:
- Engage in eligible study programs
- Travel to and from Australia
- Work up to 40 hours per fortnight once your course begins
- Include your partner and/or dependent children in your application
Student Visa Processing Time
The processing time for student visas varies based on factors like application volume, course type, and country of origin. The duration can range from 10 days to 4 months.