Tips To A Successful Student Visa Application
Applying for a student visa in Australia can be a little intimidating for many.
This is because the process goes beyond identifying the preferred city, dream course, as well as a learning institution.
Several key factors ought to be put into consideration to improve the chances of getting the application approved and making your dream come true.
Some of the factors to consider include proof of finances, health and character requirements, proper choice of learning institution, and most importantly, a student visa application.
Here are a few key tips to help you make a great student visa application to make Australia your new home for the time being.
1. Have A Proper Understanding Of All The Requirements
All visa applications have a set of requirements that the candidate must fulfil/qualify to be considered. You, therefore, need to ensure you are eligible before you can start working on the application. Some of the critical requirements for student visa applications include:
- Financial Stability: The Australian Government will need solid proof that you can afford the way of life in Australia. Your financial status must, therefore, meet the minimum standard set by the government.
According to the financial experts at Robinson Accounting, “visa applicants also need to prove that they have genuine access to funds that will finance their life and studies in Australia. Beef up your savings and/or provide evidence that another individual or organisation will back your education finances. Ready your financial documents and scholarships will definitely boost your chances.”
- Fluency in the English Language: You need to be fluent in both spoken and written English to be able to study in Australia, leave alone qualify for a visa. You might be required to prove your fluency in the language when you apply. Read more on this in the Australian Government website.
- Academic Requirements: You need to have all the educational requirements to qualify for various courses in the institution. While grades and achievements may vary from one institution to the other, you certainly should have the minimum qualifications for the course.
2. Choose A CRICOS Registered Institution
Your choice learning institution needs to be registered or recognised by CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students). This institution lists all education providers within Australia that recruit, enrol, and teach students from various parts of the world. Check to ensure your institution is registered with this body before making an application.
3. Choose A Course That Fits the Set Requirements
The preferred course should not only be a full-time one but also last at least 3 months for you to qualify for the Australian student visa. The course must also within the following levels of education:
- Primary or high school
- Short course
- Vocational education and training course
- Intensive English language course
- Higher-education tertiary course
- Postgraduate research
4. Look into the Application Process
Every institution will have a set of requirements that one needs to fulfil for his/her application to be approved. For instance, some institutions will require one to apply through a qualified agent, while others won’t. That said, you need to conduct your due diligence to know how the application should be done, way before you can begin the application process. This is to ensure you aren’t doing it wrong.
5. Only Apply After Getting A Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
Do not start the student visa application process before getting confirmation of enrolment from the desired institution. This is because you will be required to provide this information when making the application. Wait until the official document arrives before starting the process.
6. Get Your Health Examination Records Ready
You’ll be required to produce a complete health examination when applying for a student visa.
According to the health experts at Expect Me, “it’s advisable to have the tests done early and the records ready. This reduces the risk of slowing down the application process, or the last-minute rush. Check with the Australian Government website for more information on what is required of you.”
7. Health Insurance
Health insurance is mandatory when planning to study and live in Australia. That said, you’ll need a health insurance policy to cover for any medical expenses should you fall ill or be admitted within your stay in the country. Some institutions may organise this for you though you can still choose a preferred provider. Be sure to check with the institution before applying for a health cover.
Students from Belgium, Norway, and Sweden are however exempted from this rule. This is due to the difference in healthcare agreements in these countries.
Check the Australian Government website for more info.
8. Prepare Your Documents
You don’t have to prepare blindly for the visa application. You can find a list of all the documents that will be required for the application process in the Australian Government website. Some of these include financial records, proof of health insurance, English language requirements, Confirmation of Enrolment, among others. Preparing early eliminates the last-minute rush as you try to get all your papers in order.
According to wedding celebrant Fiona King planning for a visa is just the same as planning for a wedding. She explains, “it’s important to be honest and consistent with all the information you submit as part of the application. Submit only legitimate documents and keep in mind that dishonesty or the use of fraudulent documents will have the same effect as if you’d done so on wedding documents. You’ll not only get your visa application rejected, but may also have you banned from future applications.”