Obtaining a student visa for Australia is necessary if you are planning to study in Australia. There are few Australian student visa requirements that are to be showcased to Department of Home Affairs.
The Australian student visa requirements for Indian students are explained below:
1Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement
According to Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement the candidate must have a genuine intention of staying in Australia. The following factors are assessed by the decision-makers:
- Situations in your home country
- Potential circumstances in Australia
- Value of the course that you choose
- History immigration
You may be asked for a telephonic interviewt by your visa officer to determine whether you fulfil the GTE requirements or not.
You are required to present the evidence of adequate funds to cover tuition fees, cost of living, travel cost. As of February 2018, the estimate of living cost that you need to present is INR 10,14,500 per year. If you are accompanied by a spouse or dependent children, you need to present that you have sufficient funds to cover their cost of living and school fees. Otherwise, you can show that your next of kin can support you and can earn a minimum of INR 30,00,000 per year.
3English Proficiency requirement
Being from a non-English speaking country, you also need to provide the evidence that your English proficiency meets a required standard. IELTS and TOEFL are two standardized tests that are widely accepted to check your English proficiency level. Other tests are Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) etc. The required minimum score for student visa is as follows:
- IELTS overall score: 5.5
- TOEFL (paper based): 527
- TOFEL (internet based): 46
- Cambridge English Advance: 162
- Pearson Test of English Academic: 42
The applicants may be asked to attend a full medical and/or radiological assessment to ensure that they are in good health. This applies to all applicants who are applied for visa application for Australia. The applicant can book the appointment from the approved doctor by Immigration Department or when Department asked to do so, the applicant must book an appointment with Australian Immigration Department approved doctor.
OSHC requirement: All students are required to obtain Oversees Student Health Cover (OSHC). This is a type of health cover which is analogous to Medicare for Australian residents. Many universities provide this health cover which depends on your duration of stay and costs up to INR 35,000 per year. If your university does not provide the facility, you need to purchase it from one of the five approved providers: Australian Health Management, BUPA Australia, Medibank Private, Allianz Global Assistance and NIB OSHC.
A good character to enter Australia is pre-requisite. You may need to fill a Character Statutory Declaration in the visa application form and acquire a penal clearance certificate if immigration department requested.