The International Visa Assessment Center (iVAC) https://www.studynama.com/ivac Just another Studynama | Online Study Resources for BTech, MBA, MBBS, LLB & Study Abroad Sites site Fri, 25 May 2018 10:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Recent changes to Australian student visas https://www.studynama.com/ivac/blog/recent-changes-to-australian-student-visas/ https://www.studynama.com/ivac/blog/recent-changes-to-australian-student-visas/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 12:59:46 +0000 https://www.ivac.studynama.com/?p=1915 The Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) made a number of changes to student visas and skilled migration between 2012 and 2014. These changes were made in response to the Knight review, an investigation commissioned by the government with the aim of finding ways to make study in Australia easier for international […]

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The Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) made a number of changes to student visas and skilled migration between 2012 and 2014. These changes were made in response to the Knight review, an investigation commissioned by the government with the aim of finding ways to make study in Australia easier for international students. The changes will affect all students applying for visas from 2012 onwards.

Reduction of student visa assessment levels: DIBP introduced a number of changes to simplify the student visa application process. From March 2014, the Assessment Level (AL) Framework has been simplified to three assessment levels (AL1 to AL3) through the removal of AL4 and AL5. Former AL4 countries have now been reduced to AL3. AL3 applicants will also see reduced financial requirements and are now only required to show evidence of funds to support 12 months of study, as opposed to the former 18 months.

Changes to English language test requirements: DIBP now allows student visa applicants who need to supply evidence of their English language proficiency to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT), the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic and the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test. Previously, DIBP only accepted IELTS results.

Streamlined visa processing: Student visa applicants who lodge their applications with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from participating institutions for a bachelor degree, masters degree, doctoral degree, student exchange program or study abroad program will be assessed in a streamlined manner (similar to the Assessment Level 1), regardless of their country of origin. As a result, they will not have to supply as much evidence to support their visa application.

Changes to student visa charges: The student visa application charge of AUD $565 has been reduced to $535. Fees do not apply to students sponsored under Commonwealth-approved programs, secondary school exchange students or students affected by the closure of their education provider.

Changes to employment restrictions: Before March 2012, international students were able to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week. This has been changed to a more flexible 40 hours per fortnight, meaning students can work 15 hours one week and 25 hours the following week, rather than strictly 20 hours per week. Students can begin work once they have commenced a course of study, and employment restrictions only apply when their course is in session (students may work unlimited hours during semester breaks). Work limits do not apply to students completing a masters or doctoral degree.

Changes to living costs requirements: The living cost requirement for student visa applicants has risen from AUD$18,000 per year to AUD$18,610 per year to ensure that international students are financially prepared to move to Australia and that they will have access to sufficient funds during their stay. Students are required to show that they have access to sufficient funds before they are granted a student visa. Prepaid homestay fees may now be included in the financial requirements assessment for a student visa.

Introduction of a post-study work visa: The Australian Government introduced a post-study work visa in 2013, which allows international students completing an Australian bachelor, masters or doctoral degree to remain in Australia to gain work experience after they graduate. Graduates of bachelor and masters by coursework degrees can apply for a two-year work visa at the completion of their degree, which increases to three years for masters by research graduates and four years for PhD graduates.

Changes to skilled migration: Three new points-tested skilled migration visa subclasses have been introduced: subclass 189 (skilled independent), subclass 190 (skilled nominated) and subclass 489 (skilled regional). The Australian Government also introduced a new skilled migration visa process — an online service called SkillSelect. SkillSelect enables skilled workers and graduates who want to migrate to Australia to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI), replacing the previous system where intending migrants applied for a skilled migration visa. The EOI will contain information about skills and attributes, which will be assessed using a points test. Once an EOI is lodged, intending migrants may be nominated for a skilled visa by Australian employers or government departments, or may be invited to lodge a visa application. One of the main differences with SkillSelect is that the location requirements have been broadened, meaning that applicants may complete this process inside or outside Australia. The requirement of recent Australian study or work experience has also been removed, but still remains a part of the points test.

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3 Important Australian Student Visa Updates from 1 February 2018 https://www.studynama.com/ivac/blog/3-important-australian-student-visa-updates-from-1-february-2018/ https://www.studynama.com/ivac/blog/3-important-australian-student-visa-updates-from-1-february-2018/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 12:58:14 +0000 https://www.ivac.studynama.com/?p=1913 1. GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) statement This statement needs to be VERY detailed or your visa will be REJECTED. Include everything including previous circumstances and future plans 2. Annual Living Expenses From 1 February 2018, ANY student visa lodged from this date should include the updated cost of living amounts in their calculation of funds: […]

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1. GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) statement

This statement needs to be VERY detailed or your visa will be REJECTED. Include everything including previous circumstances and future plans

2. Annual Living Expenses

From 1 February 2018, ANY student visa lodged from this date should include the updated cost of living amounts in their calculation of funds:

  • Student or guardian: A$20,290
  • Partner or spouse: A$7,100
  • Child: A$3,040

3. OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover)

Please make sure you have sufficient health cover until the date that the visa will be granted.
AUG Australia can assist you to renew your health cover at a competitive rate.

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Starting February 2018, those applying for Australia’s student visa will have to show more funds to prove that they have sufficient funds available whilst undertaking studies in Australia.

Australia requires applicants from certain countries applying for student visas to have enough funds that is genuinely available to pay for course fees, travel and living costs for the student and their accompanying family members while in Australia.

According to the Department of Home Affairs, the cost of annual living amounts will increase on 1 February 2018 – the increase will start at around 2.3% and in line with Australia’s consumer price index (CPI). From this date, every application where evidence of funds is required should include the updated cost of living amounts in calculation of funds available.

From 1 February 2018:

  • Main Student or Guardian: $20,290 (up from $19,830)
  • Partner or Spouse: $7,100 (up from $6,940)
  • Per Child: $3,040 (up from $2,970)

As evidence of financial capacity, international students are asked to provide either:

  • evidence of sufficient funds to cover travel costs and 12 months of living and tuition fees for themselves and accompanying family members and school costs for any school aged dependants, or
  • evidence that their spouse or parents are willing to support them and they have an annual income of that meets the requirements.

More information about the Student visa financial capacity requirements is available at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/Student-Visa-Living-Costs-and-Evidence-of-Funds.

For those applying for a student visa from India, more information is available here: http://india.embassy.gov.au/ndli/students_home.html

Alice Maclean, Director of Student and Graduate Visas said ‘the Department is currently concentrating on managing the peak lodgement period. Between now and April 2018, it is expected that a large number of student visa applications will be lodged. Given the growth in the program, it is important you continue to submit complete applications at least six weeks before course commencement.’

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Moving abroad requires vigilant groundwork and the first step is to get admission in a recognized course in any of the Australian university. The second step is to apply for Australian student visa. Though, acquiring an Australian student visa (subclass 500) is not an exhilarating process, but can become tedious if you are not thoroughly updated about the terms and conditions.

Listed below are the 7 most important Australian Student Visa Terms & Conditions for Indian Students:

8105- Work limitation

  • Apart from the work registered as the part of course, a student is not allowed to work more than 40 hours in a fortnight (14 days- starting on Monday and ending at next Sunday).
  • A student is permitted to work more than 40 hours per fortnight only during the tenure of holidays registered by the university/institution/education provider.
  • A student is not permitted to start paid work in Australia until the commencement of the course.
  • None of these work limits apply, if the student is pursuing Masters by Research or Doctorate Course in Australia.

8202- Meet course requirements

  • A student must remain enrolled in a registered course. If the student is Foreign Affairs or Defence sponsored or secondary exchange student he/she must remain full-time enrolled in that particular course only.
  • A student must remain enrolled in the registered course that is the same level as, or at higher level than, the registered course for which yourvisa was approved.
  • A student must maintain the attendance that is stated in the terms & condition by the university/institution/education provider.

8501- Maintain health insurance

  • During the tenure of the stay in Australia, a student must maintain necessary arrangements about the health insurance.

8516- Must maintain eligibility

  • The eligibility criteria on which the visa was granted should be satisfied at all times during the tenure of the stay of the candidate in Australia. For example:the sufficiency of funds to support your studies and living costs in Australia.

8517- Maintain education for dependants

  • If a student is accompanied by a dependent aged between 5 to 18, you must have enough funds to support their schooling arrangements for more than 3 months.

8532- <18 Approve welfare

  • For the tenure of your duration in Australia, a student whose younger than 18 years of age, must have accommodation and support and the welfare must been sustained.
  • To maintain the welfare: the student must stay in Australia with a parent or legal guardian or a person or relative aged above 21 years, with a good character who is nominated by your parents or have facilities like accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements settled and approved by the university/ institution/ education provider.
  • The student must not switch the accommodation or other general welfare arrangements without the written consent of the university/ institution/ education provider.
  • If the arrangements are made by the university/ institution/ education provider for the student, the student is not allowed to travel to Australia until the arrangements has been made.

8533- Inform education provider of address

  • The living address in Australia of the student must be informed to the university/ institution/ education provider within seven days of arrival.
  • If the address of the student changes, the same must be informed to the university/ institution/ education provider within seven days of the change.
  • If student change education provider within seven days of receiving of eCOE or evidence of enrolment he/she must informed the provider.

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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:

Genuine 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.

Financial requirement

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.

English 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

Health requirement

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. 

Character requirement

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.

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Studying in Australia is an important decision and requires vigilantpreparationand execution. Applying for Australian student visa is not an exhilarating task but certainly very important aspect. A student is considered eligible to apply for student visa if he/she is pursuing a full-time course at an educational institute in Australia. It is mandatory to fulfil the requirements of a student visa application.

Given below is an Australian student visa step-by-step process from India & processing time:

Confirmation of Enrolment (COE)

An acknowledgement letter confirming your placement to study in an institute belonging to Commonwealth Register of Institution of Courses (CRICOS) in Australia, is pre-requisite. A COE is a code that you need to fill at the appropriate place in your visa application.

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement

According to Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement, the candidate must have a genuine intention of staying in Australia. The GET requirement under student visa program helps to identify the students whose motive is to gain quality education.

The following factors are assessed by the decision-makers:

  • Situation in your home country: Reason for not studying in home country by providing detailed information
  • Economic circumstances: Ties to their home country that support that intention to return once study is complete
  • Circumstances in Australia
  • Knowledge of your proposed course of study
  • Knowledge of education provider
  • Proposed course should be linked with previous study
  • Value of the course to the applicant’s future
  • Is the course consistent with the applicant’s current level of education, relevance to past or proposed future employment in home country?
  • Expected remuneration in home country which could be gained using the qualification(s) from the course(s) of study.
  • Applicant’s immigration history
  • Previous visa applications for Australia or other countries including visa refusals or cancellations.

You may be asked for a telephonic interview to determine whether you fulfil the GTE requirements or not.

Financial requirement

You are required to provide the evidence of adequate funds to cover tuition fees, living and 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.

English 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 international standardized tests that are widely accepted to check your English proficiency level. Other tests are IBT, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, and 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

English Language exemption: If you fall into one of the following student categories, you are exempt from providing evidence of English language proficiency requirement:

  • Student who enrolled in fulltime school studies as a principal course, including secondary
  • Exchange program and Foreign Affairs or Defence sponsored students
  • Student who have completed their five years study in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Republic of Ireland
  • Citizens of passport holder of one of the following English – speaking countries: UK, USA,Canada, New Zealand or Republic of Ireland

Health requirement

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 areapplied 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.

Character requirement

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.

Application Process for Australia Student Visa

To apply for Australian studentvisa, you can visit Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s website. The following steps are required for you to complete the application process:

  • Step 1: You will need to create an ImmiAccount, an online application portal.
  • Step 2: Scan and gather all the necessary documents.
  • Step 3: Upload your scanned documents directly into ImmiAccount.
  • Step 4: Pay the fees.
Post-Application

The status of your application can be tracked with a Transaction Reference Number (TRN), a unique code allocated to every online application.  You will be notified about further document requests or the decision of the application through immiAccount or send the email by Home Affairs Department.

Processing time

The process and confirmation or rejection of visa usually takes approximately 4 weeks. The delay may depend on other factors:

  • Stipulation of all supporting documents
  • Time taken by you to respond to requests by the department
  • Time period of your health clearance and biometric information requirements.

If the visa request is confirmed you will be notified your visa number and other comments. If not, you will be notified encompassing reasons of denial.

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Annually, thousands of students migrate to Australia for study purposes. An even a larger number of student visa applications are lodged with the high commission where they are scrutinised and filtered on various parameters. Getting an approval for the Australian student visa may be more difficult for some students than others.

Listed below are 8 reasons due to which your Australian Student Visa application may be rejected (Visa Rejection & Refusal Reasons for Indian Students):

Failed to meet fiscal requirement

You are required to provide the evidence of adequate funds to cover tuition fees, living and travel cost. If any candidate is unable to meet the financial criteria, in that case visa will be refused. Further if the applicant has lack of funds, or the evidence provided is not from an acceptable financial institution, then in both cases, the visa application will be refused.

The sponsor must provide the evidence that he/she has adequate funds and ensure that the proof of funds is at least 3 months old, prior to the visa application lodged. Acceptable proofs are bank statements, statement of fixed deposit etc.

A big gap of education

If you have not been attending any college or school for significant time period,or you have gap in between, including where enrolment is not maintained. In these cases,you need to provide an appropriate explanation whenasked by the immigration department. There’s a great possibility that your visa application may be refused because of this factor.

Incomplete knowledge of your Australian course and university

During the GTE interview, if you failed to provide precise knowledge of your intended course that you are going to pursue in Australia, the location, name and other relevant information of your university/institution,then probably, your visa application will be refused.

A dependent

When your spouse or any dependent is accompanying you, and the dependent has provided relationship documents or supporting documents to support the visa application. However, if the provided documents indicate the relationship is not genuine, or if the provided documents are not genuine, then this may lead to refusal of your application.

Fraud in documentation

Do note that all the supporting documents provided by you are cross checked and verified. If you have provided a non-genuine document to support the visa application; for example, changed the figures of your income tax, salary, bank statement, education loan letter or employer’s letter; then it is likely that your candidature will be refused under fraud PIC 4020 and the applicant is banned for 3 years to apply for any visa.

Your qualifications

If your previous qualifications do not match to the intended course, in that case you need to provide the appropriate explanation why you have opted the course which does not match with your previous study and describe how the intended course would benefit your career. If you are not able to explain this appropriately, then, in that case your application may get rejected.

Delay in responding

You need to respond to the Immigration Department within the specified time frame provided by them, like 7 days or 28 days for additional documents, any other information or for an interview. If you do not respond to the immigration department within the provided timeframe,your visa application may get refused.

No future plan

If you fail to provide concrete future plan in relation to the course which you want to pursue in Australia,then your Australian visa application might get rejected.

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The students who are thinking of studying, living or working overseas in English speaking countries must appear for an English proficiency test. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized test to evaluate English aptitude for non-native English language speakers.

IELTS validity in Australia

For many visa categories in Australia, IELTS is accepted as a proof of English language proficiency. Several professional organization and accrediting bodies in Australia state IELTS as a key requirement. Last year, IELTS was successfully conducted over three million times. It is considered as the prime choice by Australian educational institutions, professional entities and employers to assess the English language aptitude of candidates.

IELTS band requirement for certificates, diplomas & advanced diplomas

The candidate needs to present evidence that he/she has overall score of minimum 5.5 and in each module no less than band 5.0 to be admitted to any Australian university for certificates, diplomas & advanced diplomas.

IELTS band requirement for bachelor degrees

The candidate needs to present evidence that he/she has overall score of minimum 6.0 and in each module no less than band 6.0 to be admitted to any Australian university for bachelor degrees.

IELTS band requirement for Masters degrees

The candidate needs to present evidence that he/she has overall score of minimum 6.0 and in each module no less than band 6.0 to be admitted to any Australian university for bachelor degrees.

Some Master degrees require an overall score of minimum 6.5 and in each module no less than band 6.0 to be admitted in a specific field of study.

IELTS band requirement for Research programs

The candidate needs to present evidence that he/she has overall score of minimum 6.5 and in each module no less than band 6.0 to be admitted to any Australian university for Research programs.

Though, there are a few Universities also required the overall score of minimum 7.0 in Research Programs.

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Australia Student Visa 8-Point Document Checklist for Indian Students https://www.studynama.com/ivac/blog/australia-student-visa-8-point-document-checklist-for-indian-students/ https://www.studynama.com/ivac/blog/australia-student-visa-8-point-document-checklist-for-indian-students/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:52:37 +0000 https://www.studynama.com/?p=1664 8 point australian student visa checklist for indian studentsThinking of studying overseas? Australia is one of the most popular destination among Indian students. It hosts about 260,000 international students each year, thus harboring third largest population of international students in English speaking world. Moving to Australia requires vigilant groundwork and the first step is to get admission in a recognized course in any […]

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Thinking of studying overseas? Australia is one of the most popular destination among Indian students. It hosts about 260,000 international students each year, thus harboring third largest population of international students in English speaking world.

Moving to Australia requires vigilant groundwork and the first step is to get admission in a recognized course in any of the Australian university. Second step is to apply for Australian student visa. Acquiring an Australian student visa (subclass 500) is not an exhilarating process, but can become tedious if you don’t have all the documents in hand while applying for the visa.

Given below is Australia Student Visa Document Checklist for Indian Students:

Identity

The first and foremost document you will be needing whilst applying for Australian student visa is proof of identity. This can be driving license, aadhar card, passport etc. The best way is to attach your passport. In addition to that, attest your birth certificate, national identity card or driving license.

Evidence of intended study

You must provide an acknowledgement letter confirming your placement to study in an institute belonging to the Commonwealth Register of Institution of Courses (CRICOS) in Australia; this is a pre-requisite. A Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) is a code that you need to fill at the appropriate place in your visa application.

Health insurance

All students visa holders are required to obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance in Australia. This is a type of health cover which is analogous to medi-care for Australian residents. Students must not arrive in Australia before their health insurance starts.  If they are in Australia and do not have adequate health insurance, they are in breach of visa condition 8501.Many universities provide this health cover which depends on your duration of stay, and costs a maximum upto INR 16,000 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 Limited, Allianz Global Assistance and NIB Health Fund.

You will be asked to include the name of your health insurance provider and the starting and expiring dates. Policy number is not to be filled in the application.

If student is studying at more than one educational provider and both are arranging OSHC, he will have to ensure that there is no gap between policies. This means that as one policy expires the next commences immediately.

If person have a child born after your arrival in Australia, and he/she only have a single OSHC policy they must change that to a family policy. If family members join him after his arrival in Australia they will have to demonstrate that they have an OSHC policy for the duration of their visas.

Evidence of financial capacity

You are required to present the proof of adequate funds to cover tuition fees, cost of living, travel and return fare. As of February 2018, the estimate of living cost that you need to present is INR 10,14,500 per year. You can display this by giving any of the following:

  • A letter of support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Department of Defence.
  • Proof of adequate funds to cover tuition fees, cost of living, travel and return fare.

Verification of funds may include money deposits, financial institution or government loans, scholarships or sponsorship.

The annual income option requires a student to provide evidence of personal annual income of at least AUD 60,000. For students accompanied by family members, the requirement is at least AUD 70,000. The income demonstrated must be the personal income of your spouse (who is not coming with you) or parents.

  • Where both of your parents are working, their combined income can be considered for this requirement.
  • Evidence must be in the form of official government documents such as tax assessments. Evidence in the form of bank statements or information directly from an employer is not acceptable.

Student and his accompanying family members must demonstrate that they will have access to the funds while they are in Australia.

Some examples of how to evidence genuine access include:

  • When another person or business is providing funds, show evidence of the relationship and any history of financial support provided to the student or any other students. It is also good practice to provide identity documents for the person providing the funds or evidence that the business is currently operating.
  • If relying on a money deposit, any recent large deposits must be explained. You may also consider explaining ongoing deposits – like wages.
  • If you have an education loan to cover tuition fees or living expenses (such as accommodation) disbursement should occur according to the agreement between the bank, provider and yourself. Evidence of any disbursement which occurs before the visa application has been finalized, should be provided. Evidence of the terms of the loan and the full amount of the loan that will be disbursed should be attached.
  • Providers should be aware of the conditions placed on the education loan. Some loans offer deferred repayment against future earnings of the student and are conditional on the student studying only the stipulated course as that provider.

Health

The applicants may be asked to attend a full medical and/or radiological assessment to ensure that they are in good health. You must meet the health requirements.

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement

According to Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement the candidate must have a genuine intention of staying in Australia. GTE requirement under student visa program help to identify the students whose motives the gaining quality education.

The following factors are assessed by the decision-makers:

  • Circumstances in your home country
  • Potential circumstances in Australia
  • Value of the course that will impact the applicant’s future
  • Applicants immigration history
  • Previous education
  • Gap in previous study
  • Current employment

Proof of change of name

If you have changed your name in any document, you need to provide certified copies of documents to support your name change. Also need to provide the affidavit for the name change document.

English proficiency

Being from a non-English speaking country, you also need to prove 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 IBT, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) etc. The required score depends on the type of score that you are opting for.

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