Education System in Australia
The education system in Australia is divided into a three-tier structure – combining school education, vocational education & training, and higher education together. Most study programs offered by Australian universities provide courses and conduct research in a wide range of professional and academic disciplines. They award associate diplomas, diplomas, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.
Many international students who have opted to study abroad in Australia and eventually graduated from Australian institutions apply for Independent Skilled Migration. There is a special category for International Students who have undergone any of the Australia study programs.
Permission to Work in Australia
As per the student visa policy in Australia, an initial student visa granted does not give the visa holder permission to work in Australia. Students who study abroad in Australia and their dependants will only be able to apply for a student visa with work rights after they arrive in Australia and after the student has started his/her course of study. Usually, under the regulations of student visa, students and their dependants are limited to 20 hours of work per week while the student’s course of study or training is in session. Students may work full-time during holiday periods. However for masters and doctorate students, the dependents can have unlimited work rights after the principal student visa holder has commenced his or her course in Australia.
Conditions for Applying for a Student Visa
As a student visa applicant, you must fulfil the following requirements:
1. An Offer of Acceptance: Before you can apply for a student visa, a valid offer letter from a CRICOS registered Australian institute is required.
2. English Proficiency: An IELTS score is a mandatory requirement and evidence of this must be included at the time of application for the student visa. The TOEFL exam is not accepted.
3. Financial Capacity: Student visas are granted when a student can prove that he has adequate funds to support himself in Australia, pay for the tuition and care for dependant family members included on the visa.
4. Work Permit Rules: As a student in Australia, you will only have a limited working allowance on your student visa. Therefore, adequate funding to pay for living expenses and tuition are important and must be evidenced to gain the student visa. If you take time off from study to work, you will fall below full-time study levels, exceed your work allowance on the student visa, or will fail academically. Any of these things can lead to your student visa cancellation.
5. Bonafides: In order to get a student visa you need to submit your past academic records for verification as well as a statement of purpose for undertaking the desired course.
6. Health cover: Because Medicare, the Australian national health system, is not available to overseas students under student visa, you must maintain your Overseas Student Health (OSHC) cover while in Australia.
7. Non-Immigrant Intent: You must leave Australia before your student visa expires. The other requirements are that you be a genuine student, have good health and be of good character-without a criminal record.
Processing of Visa Application for Australian Student Visa
- The main aspect to gaining an Australian student visa for various Australia study programs is to obtain an electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE) from the university.
- Submit the relevant completed application form. This must be signed personally and given with the non-refundable student visa application charge in the form of a demand draft in favour of the Australian High Commission – New Delhi.
- Provide an ‘Offer of a place in a course’ letter from your education provider to the visa processing office.
- Wait patiently for approximately 2-3 weeks. If you meet the basic requirements you will be issued a preliminary student visa assessment (PVA) and further steps will be directed. After you receive your PVA, you will be advised to undergo a medical check-up from a prescribed doctor of the High Commission. You are also required to pay for the first semester tuition fees and the OSHC premiums after getting the PVA.
- On receipt of payment, the institution issues an electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCOE), which comes directly to the Visa Office. You are now required to submit your passport to the visa office to get your student visa.
- Additional information sheet
- Application form
- Letter of offer from the institution (original and photocopy) stating the course, fee structure and the duration
- Valid passport
- Four passport photographs
- A statement of purpose
- Other forms– supplementary Questionnaire, details of relatives
- Guardianship form (if applicable)
- Academic Documents (original and photocopies)
- IELTS test result
- Work experience documents (original and photocopy)
- Financial documents (originals and photocopies)
Australian Embassy in India
1/50 G Shantipath,
New Delhi – 110 021
Ph.: +91-4139 9900
Fax: +91-4149 4490