Studying in Australia! If this is your dream and you have made it to an Australian university of your choice, you are almost there! There is one little hurdle called the Student Visa, the most important hurdle to cross.
We would like to make it a little easier for you by giving you a heads up on what you need to do in order to successfully cross this stage.
Consequently, if you desire to pursue higher studies, an MBA, or Master’s in Australia, you will have to apply for the Subclass 500. This is the visa type for students who are all ready and prepared for higher education in Australia. You are required to submit the Visa application 12-weeks before the orientation at your desired university.
Get the CoE
- Once you get an offer from the university of your choice, you are required to pay the tuition fee and get registered
- Once your registration is accepted, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
- If you are applying to more than one programme, then you will have to get a CoE for every programme
Create an account
- To register yourself with the Immigration Authorities of Australia, you need to create an account on the official website.
- You will need to provide information such as your name, e-mail address, and phone number, after which you will be directed to a page containing their terms and conditions
- Once you accept the terms and conditions, you need to create a strong password
Student Visa Requirements
- Electronic CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment the institution provides)
- OSHC health insurance
- A valid passport
- Proofs for a temporary stay – You will have to verify that your stay in Australia is only temporary and not permanent. A letter from the respective school/institute in the home country serves as a proof
- A visa fee
- A visa application form
- 4 passport-sized photos
Depending on the region and the university that you are applying to, there may be a few more documents required. These are:
- Birth certificate
- Bank statements which will be proof of your financial ability to sustain your living expenses, tuition fees, return airfare, etc
- Your IELTS test results and transcripts
- If you have been working earlier, then you need to submit proof of your employment such as payslips, offer/appointment letters, employment contracts, etc
- If you have any history of criminal convictions/proceedings, then you will have to submit documents related to that
- All documents should be in digital format and in English. If the documents are in a regional language, you need to get them translated to English by a ‘certified translator’.
Applying for the Visa
- You can apply for the Subclass 500 at homeaffairs.gov.au by including details such as your nationality, CoE codes, education details, family and personal details, health records, and criminal records, if any
- This has to be done at least 124 days (4 months) before the commencement of the course
Submitting the application
- After filling out the visa application, submit it online, and pay the visa fee of 550 AUD
- You will be allotted a Transaction Reference Number (TRN) which will be the reference number for checking the status of your application
- A complete health check-up will be required depending on the program you are applying for, and the university and the region you are applying to
- This should be done after receiving the TRN number because you will need a TRN for these procedures
- The processing of the visa depends on factors such as submission of all necessary documents, time taken to complete other essential checks on the information provided by you, and the vacancies in the Migration Program
- The visa processing takes time, so make sure to start applying for universities as early as possible. You can expect to receive the visa decision anywhere between 1 to 5 weeks
- You can track the status using the TRN on the immigration website and the final decision will be notified through e-mail
In addition to the above information, you will surely need expert advice to successfully gain a visa. What are you waiting for? Get in touch with us to seek precious and accurate advice!
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