Study visa for Australia

The Australian student visa process is very time consuming and you should apply for the visa at least 3 months prior to the course start date. Besides an exhaustive list of documents, students will need to undergo health tests as well. In most cases an interview is not required. You would have to include papers that show your financial standing, how you plan to pay for your education, why you wish to study in Australia and your plans after graduation. All your previous mark sheets and degrees will also be needed. In addition to this, for an Australia student visa you will need to show an acceptable IELTS score.

General Info

Australian Student Visa applications are processed by Australian High Commission, New Delhi. Student now have to apply, if eligible, under SVP (Streamlined Visa processing), which has replaced PVA (Pre-Visa Assessment). The Australia student visa application is confusing and tedious to many. Be very clear on the processing time for your application. Students applying for postgraduate research are classified under category 574 with an assessment level of 1 which means that the visa processing time will be around 14 days. Students applying for a primary or secondary school course are classified under category 571 with an assessment level of 2 which means that the visa processing time will be around 21 days. All other students are classified under categories 570, 572, 573 and 575 which are assessment level 3 which means it will take a whopping 3 months to get your student visa. Do keep in mind that if your institute is enrolled in SVP you can be assessed at level 1 and therefore get your visa approved faster.

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Australia Visa Application process

  • Pay the visa application fee
  • Complete the form online
  • Carry the following documents at the visa application centre:
    • Current and all old passports
    • The original visa fee payment receipt
    • Acceptance letter (CAS)
    • Evidence of income and proof that funds are immediately available to cover your education in Australia
    • School and college transcripts
    • Standardized test score sheets (GRE/GMAT/IELTS/PTE)
    • Medical records.
The Australian High Commission will make a decision using the documents you submit. If required you may be called for an interview.
As Australia has done away with student visa stamping in the passport to travel and enter Australia, a visa decision is intimated to the applicant electronically via email, once a decision has been made by the visa authorities.
If approved the department will send a Notification of Grant letter to your nominated postal or email address. It is recommended that you print this letter and keep it with you when you travel to and from Australia. This letter contains
  • Visa Grant Number
  • The validity date of your visa
  • The visa conditions.
If not approved the department will send you a notification letter advising you of:
  • the reasons for the refusal
  • your review rights
  • time limit for lodging an appeal.
Your rights for a review of the decision differ:
  • if you lodged in Australia, the refusal letter advises you of your review rights and the time limit for lodging an appeal
  • if you lodged outside Australia, you have no right for a review of the merits of the decision