Choosing to study in Australia is the first step towards achieving your goals. It holds the potential for a better future, with a lot of hard work of course, but the first step is the most crucial part. But before taking that step, you need to finalise some important details – like your student visa. The student visa (subclass 500) allows you to live, work and study in Australia for up to five years, in line with your course. So, it’s important to understand how it works before you start the visa application process.
If you’re planning to study in Australia, the student visa (subclass 500) will give you permission to live, work and study in Australia for the duration of your course – up to five years! Once your course is finished, you can apply for a different visa if you want to stay in Australia longer. Before starting your application, make sure you get all the information you need about the student visa (subclass 500). So, there won’t be any surprises during the application process.
We at Indeed Visa know how perplexing and overwhelming the visa application process can be. We’re here to walk you through the process step-by-step and ensure you fulfil all requirements for academic entry and your visa on time.
Apply to a school in Australia and get a confirmation of enrolment (CoEs)
You must be enrolled at an Australian school before applying for a student visa. Once you have received and accepted an offer letter from a school, they will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). You will need this document to begin your visa application. If you are taking multiple programs (e.g., a language course followed by college), you will need separate CoEs for each program.
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Arrange relevant documents
Relevant documents include:
- Certifications verifying your previous studies and qualifications.
- Evidence of your English language proficiency if required.
- Proof of prior study or work experience if you are seeking course credit.
Note: All information provided should be in English.
Create an account with the Australian immigration authorities
To register yourself, you must first create an account at https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/register.
Your basic information, such as your name, phone number, and email address, is crucial when applying for a visa. Before starting your visa application, make sure the information you provide is accurate.
Complete the visa application online
You must begin the student visa process at least 124 days before your course starts. On the first page of the application, enter your nationality, the educational sector, and your CoE code. Following that, you will be required to provide personal and family information, respond to inquiries regarding your prior education and work experience, and provide information regarding your health and past criminal record (if it exists).
If the process appears too long, you can take a break and resume processing your saved application later.
Read more and follow the instructions at:
Pay the visa fee and get a TRN-number
Once you have completed your application, pay the application fee mentioned in the payment section. Credit cards are the easiest way to pay, but you can choose your preferred payment method.
Read more about the payment here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/applying-online-or-on-paper/online/how-to-pay
Once the payment is made, you will receive a TRN (Transaction Reference Number) receipt. Make sure to save it so you can track your application.
Possible health checkup and interview
Depending on your studies and residence location, you might be required to complete a health checkup or a visa interview. If so, you will be given the information through email after completing the application.
Avoid health checkups before completing the application; you will need your TRN number and instructions on what you need to check.
Get your visa decision
The length of time it takes to receive a visa decision is determined mainly by two factors: The application location and how busy the immigration office in Australia is at the time. Visa decisions are usually made within one to two weeks of applying in its entirety.
You will be notified via email when the Australian authorities decide on your visa application. Once your visa has been approved, you can obtain a physical copy and the grant letter, both available online.
Log in to the immigration website and enter your TRN number to check the status of your application.
Hurray! It’s time to travel to Australia
As soon as you receive your visa, you can enter Australia 90 days before the start date of your course. In general, you are permitted to stay in Australia for 30 days following the completion of your course or 60 days if your course is longer than 10 months. All of these dates will be printed on your visa. If the information on this page differs from the information on your visa, it is always best to follow the instructions on your visa.
Quick Checklist for Student Visa Requirements
An international student visa application consists of the following steps.
1. Letter of Offer
A Letter of Offer will be sent to you by your chosen education provider after your successful application. The Letter of Offer contains important details such as your course outline, enrolment conditions, and the fees you will need to pay should you accept the offer. Make sure that you understand all terms before accepting the letter. Don’t forget to keep a copy of the Letter of Offer for future reference.
2. Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
The Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is a document issued by your education provider to confirm your enrollment in a specific course. Once you have accepted the offer and made the deposit, your CoE will be mailed to you.
You must include a copy of CoE with your visa application so that the Australian Government can verify that you are enrolled in the course you have declared.
3. Proof of English Proficiency
Suppose you’re not a native English speaker. In that case, you’ll need to submit a certificate of results from an approved English language test to prove to the Australian Government that you have the minimum English proficiency levels required to be successful in your chosen course of study. Australian educational courses are taught in English, so you must have adequate language proficiency before being accepted into a program.
4. Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement
The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement must address the following:
- The purpose of your visit to Australia is to study.
- You will only temporarily reside in Australia (and not overstay your visa).
5. Proof of Sufficient Funds
To receive an Australian student visa, you must prove that you have enough money to support yourself throughout your stay. There are three options for meeting this requirement:
- Bank statements
- Evidence of grants
6. Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
As an international student in Australia, you must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for your stay. Your student visa application will be denied if you fail to prove you have valid health insurance.
You can learn more about OSHC coverage, including where to buy, at PrivateHealth.gov.au.
7. Character Requirement
You must meet certain character requirements if you want to study in Australia. You’ll need to provide information about your character and past conduct as part of your application. In some cases, you may need to provide a police background check.
Other Requirements to Enter Australia
Travellers to Australia do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travel; however, you should still verify that you meet your airline’s requirements and those of any countries you transit through.
Do you want help with your visa application to Australia?
Are you planning to study in Australia and need assistance with your student visa application? A minor error can result in the rejection of your student visa; therefore, it is preferable to have your application processed by a certified education agency to ensure that your application has the best possible chance of success. At Indeed Visa, we have Australian specialist partners who can assist you in the best possible way so you can confidently proceed with your Australian student visa.
Our Student Visa Application service includes:
- Reviewing and preparing the Genuine Temporary Entrant Statement
- Obtaining data such as travel history and employment history
- A thorough review of all documents to ensure they are accurate
- Organising OSHC insurance, if required (separate fee applies).
- Managing the visa application and coordinating additional information requests
Reach out to us for a consultation. Our team of expert immigration advisors is available to help you with your student visa, school selection, and application to Australia. Contact us today (61 430 575574) to find out how we can help you maximise your time.