Visa Process and Documents Required for Studying in Australia

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Embarking on an educational journey in Australia is an exciting prospect that begins with securing a Student Visa (Subclass 500). Here’s a streamlined overview to guide you through the application process and ensure you’re well-prepared with the necessary documents and meet all eligibility criteria.

Step-by-Step Visa Application Guide:

  1. **Choose** your desired course and educational institution in Australia.
  2. **Submit** an application to your chosen institution.
  3. **Receive and accept** an offer letter, followed by an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).
  4. **Apply** for the Student Visa (Subclass 500) or Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 590) with the help of Saga Studies, ensuring all requirements are met.

Admission and Visa Support:

Step 1 – Academic Verification
Step 2 – Application Submission
Step 3 – Conditional Offer Letter
Step 4 – GS Requirement and Interview
Step 5 – Fee Payment Approval or Unconditional Offer Letter
Step 6 – Requesting COE and receiving the same
Step 7 – Visa Lodging
Step 8 – Approval

Updated Student Visa Requirement: Introduction of the Genuine Student (GS) Criterion

In a significant update to the student visa process, the Australian Government has introduced a new requirement, known as the Genuine Student (GS) criterion, replacing the previous Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement. This change applies to all student visa applications submitted from 23 March 2024 onwards.

The GS requirement is designed to ensure that international students not only come to Australia for their studies but also have the opportunity to contribute to the Australian workforce with skills that are in demand. It reflects a more inclusive approach towards students who, after completing their education in Australia, possess the necessary skills required by the country and are interested in applying for permanent residency.

This update aims to streamline the student visa application process while aligning students’ educational aspirations with Australia’s skill needs, supporting a pathway to permanent residency for those who can contribute to the Australian economy and society.

On what grounds will your student application will be assessed?

  1. Previous Study
  2. Current Employment (if applicable)
  3. Circumstances in their home country or country of residence
  4. Economic circumstances in home country or country of residence
  5. Value of the course to their future
  6. Immigration history (if any)

Document Checklist for Student Visa Application:

  • Passport(s)
  • Academic Records (10th, 12th, Diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s)
  • Work Experience Letters (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency Certificate (IELTS/PTE/TOFEL)
  • Resume / CV
  • Additional Certificates (Letter Statement for Genuine Student, Marriage Certificate if applicable)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • English language proficiency Test report
  • Medical requirements
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Sufficient financial funds from approved financial institutions
  • Academic certificates

Financial Eligibility:

Proof of sufficient funds covering travel, tuition, and living costs is essential, including evidence of the financial supporter’s occupation and income, loan letters, chartered accountant statements, evidence of income from various sources, and acceptable fund forms like Fixed Deposits and savings etc.
Embark on your Australian educational adventure with confidence by ensuring you meet all the visa process requirements and documentation.

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