Why to Study in Australia ?

Recognition

Australian qualification framework is the national policy that ensures there is a uniform and recognition for study. This framework was introduced in 1995 and includes secondary school, higher education, along with vocational education and training (VET) courses. The AQF established a pathway between qualifications and set an amazing standard for learning the right way at each level, so not matter what you study, you can be sure you will gain formal recognition.

Quality

The Education Services for Overseas Students Act was introduced in the year 2000 and its design is to protect standards for international students studying in Australia. This piece of legislation, amended in 2010, delivers regulatory requirements for education along with training institutions through the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).In a 2012 survey co-conducted by the Australian Government and top institution groups, 86 per cent of international students responded that they are satisfied with their experiences studying in Australia.

World-class research

For a country like Australia with a relatively small population. It has a history of packing quite a punch when it comes to producing outstanding research. Many Australian discoveries and developments have taken to concrete benefits around the world. This comes as a good result of heavy investment in research.

Foundation studies

There is no need to worry if you’re looking to study in Australia and you don’t meet the academic requirements. Many institutions will offer foundation studies that would include one-year of preparatory courses designed to provide the skills and qualifications needed to continue higher education in Australia.

Student visa perks

Most student visas will only be permitted to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session, and unlimited hours while on course breaks. Not only can a student work to help cover their costs while studying in Australia but can gain contacts and spend some of your money checking out some of the great destinations that the country has to offer. Australia is a large country and it has a number of natural wonders, 17 of which are classified as UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. These destinations are the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, Lord Howe Island Group, the Tasmanian Wilderness, Fraser Island and the Sydney Opera House.

Accommodation

Australian students are welcome from all over the world and are offered a range of living options to suit all kinds of needs. Depending on the length of your stay, where you’re studying and your personal preference, you can choose between short-term living spaces, rented properties, on the campus accommodation and homestays. Regardless of the level of study you are looking at, or whether you want to experience the regional areas of Australia or one of its capital cities, there is also an international study option that’s just right for you.

What are the study requirements to Study in Australia ?

The Australian Study Requirement!

  • This suggests that a student should have at least two years of academic experience.
  • A student must have at least more than one qualification of two years.

Two academic years study is defined as 92 weeks of registered study.

It is a measure of the amount of study you have completed rather than how long it took you to complete the study. The requirement that you complete two academic years does not mean that you need to study full-time to meet the Australian study requirement.

You can take longer to complete those requirements if you choose to. That is, if you take 92 weeks to complete a course registered with CRICOS (Commonwealth register of institutions and courses for overseas students) for only 78 weeks, that course will still only count for 78 weeks towards meeting the Australian study requirement.

A student cannot fail cannot fail a single subject twice.

If you are given credit for prior learning it will reduce the amount of study you have completed. In such a situation the exempted units cannot be counted towards meeting the study requirement if they are already being used towards meeting another course standard.

The credit will be granted on the basis of study undertaken either overseas or within Australian in a non-CRICOS registered course. This means that the credit granted on the basis of study undertaken in Australia in a course registered with CRICOS may contribute towards meeting the Australian study requirement, but only once.

Example 1:

If a course is CRICOS registered for 138 weeks (three years) and consists of 24 equal weighted units, you will have completed two academic years when you have successfully completed 16 units of that course. That means that if you are enrolled in that course you can be given credit based on non-CRICOS registered study of up to eight units and still complete two academic years of study.

Example 2:

If a course is CRICOS registered for 92 weeks (two years) and consists of 12 equal weighted units, you would be required to complete all 12 units to meet the Australian study requirement.

If you were granted credit based on study in another course also registered with CRICOS, then these exemptions could still contribute towards meeting the study requirement regardless if a qualification was awarded for this other course.

However, if you are enrolled in this course and given any credit based on non-CRICOS registered study you will not have completed two academic years study and would fail to meet the Australian study requirement.

If you fall short of the 92 weeks of study due to exemptions you have received, you have several options to meet the Australian study requirement. Options could include have the university rescind the exemptions so you must now successfully complete these subjects to be awarded your qualification complete additional units that are at the same level as the exempted units (or higher) and which are accepted by the university as award units for the qualification, such as an elective unit.

 

If the education provider specifies the units as ‘Non-Award’ units, then these units will not be able to count towards meeting the Australian study requirement. Also the additional units would need to be of sufficient registered CRICOS duration to take you to a total of 92 weeks of registered study.

Also note: The academic transcript should indicate that the elective is contributing towards the award of the degree for this unit to be counted towards meeting the Australian study requirement to ensure that there is no doubt about the electives being part of the award of the qualification complete an additional qualification that is closely related to the occupation you nominate on your General Skilled Migration application. This additional qualification must be of sufficient CRICOS registered duration to make up for the exempted units from the students course(s).

Requirements to meet for application of the course!

Each qualification that you have completed and are relying on to meet this requirement must:

  • be either a degree (a bachelor or any higher degree), a diploma, an advanced diploma, or a trade qualification
  • have been undertaken at an Australian educational institution in Australia
  • have been conducted in English
  • Register on CRICOS.

Note: English language proficiency courses or enabling programs cannot be used to meet the Australian study requirement.

PR in Australia

Many students studying in Australia often enjoy the pleasure of getting a permanent residency after they have graduated. Most foreign students take up a temporary work VISA which allows them to work for a limited period of time.

The temporary work VISA acts as a beginners guide to being a step closer to getting PR. The right education and occupation is required for getting the permanent residency. Considering the expenses on Australian education being very expensive for students who are not citizens of the country it could be difficult for them to live and study but universities in Australia do provide schemes for students as well as opportunities to build a lifestyle and a career while they are studying.

Tips for foreign students studying in Australia looking to get permanent residency!

  • You need to meet the Australian study requirement. Which suggests that you must obtain at least a sustainable Australian qualification as a result of two years of study.
  • A minimum age requirement must be obtained 18 to 49.
  • Work experience could get you extra credit however it is important to meet certain requirements in terms of skill level.
  • Further study such as a bachelor’s degree in Australia by doing an honor’s year or master’s degree.
  • IELTS test of English language must be obtained. Unless you get 6 in all 4 components of IELTS.
  • Keep up to date with the constant change of rules and the department of immigration.

The Australian Study Requirement!

  • This suggests that a student should have at least two years of academic experience.
  • A student must have at least more than one qualification of two years.

Two academic years study is defined as 92 weeks of registered study.

It is a measure of the amount of study you have completed rather than how long it took you to complete the study. The requirement that you complete two academic years does not mean that you need to study full-time to meet the Australian study requirement.

You can take longer to complete those requirements if you choose to. That is, if you take 92 weeks to complete a course registered with CRICOS (Commonwealth register of institutions and courses for overseas students) for only 78 weeks, that course will still only count for 78 weeks towards meeting the Australian study requirement.

A student cannot fail cannot fail a single subject twice.

If you are given credit for prior learning it will reduce the amount of study you have completed. In such a situation the exempted units cannot be counted towards meeting the study requirement if they are already being used towards meeting another course standard.

The credit will be granted on the basis of study undertaken either overseas or within Australian in a non-CRICOS registered course. This means that the credit granted on the basis of study undertaken in Australia in a course registered with CRICOS may contribute towards meeting the Australian study requirement, but only once.

Example 1:

If a course is CRICOS registered for 138 weeks (three years) and consists of 24 equal weighted units, you will have completed two academic years when you have successfully completed 16 units of that course. That means that if you are enrolled in that course you can be given credit based on non-CRICOS registered study of up to eight units and still complete two academic years of study.

Example 2:

If a course is CRICOS registered for 92 weeks (two years) and consists of 12 equal weighted units, you would be required to complete all 12 units to meet the Australian study requirement.

If you were granted credit based on study in another course also registered with CRICOS, then these exemptions could still contribute towards meeting the study requirement regardless if a qualification was awarded for this other course.

However, if you are enrolled in this course and given any credit based on non-CRICOS registered study you will not have completed two academic years study and would fail to meet the Australian study requirement.

If you fall short of the 92 weeks of study due to exemptions you have received, you have several options to meet the Australian study requirement. Options could include have the university rescind the exemptions so you must now successfully complete these subjects to be awarded your qualification complete additional units that are at the same level as the exempted units (or higher) and which are accepted by the university as award units for the qualification, such as an elective unit.

 

If the education provider specifies the units as ‘Non-Award’ units, then these units will not be able to count towards meeting the Australian study requirement. Also the additional units would need to be of sufficient registered CRICOS duration to take you to a total of 92 weeks of registered study.

Also note: The academic transcript should indicate that the elective is contributing towards the award of the degree for this unit to be counted towards meeting the Australian study requirement to ensure that there is no doubt about the electives being part of the award of the qualification complete an additional qualification that is closely related to the occupation you nominate on your General Skilled Migration application. This additional qualification must be of sufficient CRICOS registered duration to make up for the exempted units from the students course(s).

Requirements to meet for application of the course!

Each qualification that you have completed and are relying on to meet this requirement must:

  • be either a degree (a bachelor or any higher degree), a diploma, an advanced diploma, or a trade qualification
  • have been undertaken at an Australian educational institution in Australia
  • have been conducted in English
  • Register on CRICOS.

Note: English language proficiency courses or enabling programs cannot be used to meet the Australian study requirement.

 

Apart from the mentioned course here is a list of the best courses for a student to apply for in Australia!

Best Courses and universities in Australia!

Engineering (B-tech)

  1. University of Melbourne (Melbourne)
  2. University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  3. University of Sydney (SYDNEY)

Accountancy (CA – CS)

  1. Charles Darwin University
  2. Holmes Institute
  3. Melbourne Institute of Technology

Nursing

  1. University Of Sydney
  2. University of Queensland
  3. University of South Australia

And there are numerous number of other courses that a student could use to get to their goals.

Process of getting Permanent Residency for students!

– General Skilled Migration (189/190 points tested visas)

If you are young, have a good English and finished your course in Australia you should not have big problems to obtain a minimum number of 60 points required for either of these visas. This applies even if you have very limited work experience or no experience at all. Having obtained state nomination for visa subclass 190 does help as you get extra 5 points for state nomination.

– Family stream options (mainly partner visa 820/801)

This is quite self-explanatory situation. You might meet a partner or get married with Australian citizen or permanent resident during your studies in Australia. If he or she is willing to sponsor you, after having met certain conditions, you could apply for permanent resident visa.

The advantage of making a valid application for this visa is that you are eligible for bridging visa A with no conditions as long as your application is made in Australia. That means that from day one you might be able to work full time without any restrictions.

– Temporary work visa (generally 457 visa)

Being the most popular Australian temporary work visa, 457 visa can however lead you to permanent residency. If after having spent at least 2 years within one employer they want to offer you permanent role you could be eligible to apply for permanent visa (either 186 ENS or 187 RSMS)

– Temporary Graduate 485 visa

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) is probably the easiest and very straightforward choice after student visa expiry for anybody who receives a suitable qualification and meet 2 year Australian study requirement.

Although not a permanent visa, it can give you some extra time to improve your work experience in Australia without worrying about work restrictions. At the same time it could give you extra time to prepare paperwork for your permanent visa application.

Obviously Post Study stream with 2+ years of work permission in that visa is much better option that Graduate Work one (up to 1.5 year & compulsory skills assessement) as long as you qualify. This visa was explained further in my earlier post here.

It is quite unlikely for majority of you to meet all requirements for Employer Sponsored visas (subclasses 186/187 in Direct Entry stream) just after completion of your English/Diploma/Bachelor course.

186 ENS visa requires from you minimum 3 years work experience and positive skills assessment is necessary (Direct Entry). For somebody with no previous or limited work experience this can prove very difficult to overcome.

Changing your student visa into one of the visas listed below might be prevented by visa condition on your current visa. Condition 8503 ‘no further stay’ is pretty much a ban on any further visa applications within Australia unless you are able to show that due to exceptional circumstances you should extend your stay.

Other quite nasty conditions include 8534 and 8535 which stop you from applying for any non-student visa. They are quite common in passport holders from countries having assessment level 2-4.

All in all, moving from student visa to permanent residency can be done without big problems when planned well ahead, preferably before you even start your course.

What has changed in Student visa system for Australia ?

The Australian government has now changed the student visa framework from Streamlined Visa Processing to Simplified Student Visa Framework on 1st July 2016. So, there are a bit changes in the Student Visa System. Let’s see what has changed:

1- From Now the key factors in assessing Immigration risk are the Education Provider & Country of Citizenship:
Earlier under SVP, the students applying to eligible education providers were not assigned any assessment levels and also they were subject to lower evidentiary requirements, regardless of their nationality or from which country they belong.

But now under SSVF, the immigration risk outcomes of education providers is a major factor in determining about evidential necessities.

Also, from now the enrolment with an education provider which has the lowest immigration outcomes will call for a lower evidentiary requirement. Now, similarly, the evidential requirements will be reduced if the applicant is from the country with the lowest immigration risk, irrespective of the immigration risk outcomes of the education provider.

Some Subclasses have been Merged:
The subclasses that existed previously under SVP have now been merged into a single subclass 500 except for the Student Guardian Visa. So, now the applications for different education sectors such as vocational education, higher education, sponsored education or school sector education now come under the same subclass.

Every Education provider is now equally Accessible:
Now, the education providers which were not considered a safe option earlier to get enrolled at are now given an equal chance in a less intricate visa framework. Now, they are also a part of the network of all Australian education providers that could be accessed by anyone willing to come to Australia for higher education, with the provision of same level assessment structure.

No Impact on other Visa Like Graduate Work Visa:
Neither, this change in the student visa system has resulted in any impact on Graduate Work Visa, nor does it affect existing student visa holders. The changes are only applied to student visa applications made after 1st July 2016.

However, these changes has highly resulted in confusion amongst those students who are holding student visas other than SC 500. So, if you need any assistance regarding that you can consult our experts for free without any consultation fee here.

 

Skilled Occupation List Australia

Most international students want to settle in Australia to obtain a fruitful and rewarding career as well as have an amazing lifestyle. Residency in Australia involves a lot of hard work but pays off well for students really looking for to gain a job and permanent residence.

A temporary visa could be the first step to getting PR in Australia. Getting a PR in Australia could be tough for some due to inappropriate education or expenses for international students.

This Skilled Occupancy List (SOL) which was last updated in 2016 for students to choose from

MANAGERS

Chief Executives, General Managers and Legislators

Farmers and Farm Managers

Specialist Managers

Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers

PROFESSIONALS

Arts and Media Professionals

Business, Human Resource and Marketing Professionals

Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals

Education Professionals

Health Professionals

ICT Professionals

Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals

TECHNICIANS AND TRADES WORKERS

Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians

Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers

Construction Trades Workers

Electro technology and Telecommunications Trades Workers

Food Trades Workers

Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers

Other Technicians and Trades Workers

COMMUNITY AND PERSONAL SERVICE WORKERS

Health and Welfare Support Workers

Careers and Aides

Hospitality Workers

Protective Service Workers

Sports and Personal Service Workers

CLERICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORKERS

Office Managers and Program Administrators

Personal Assistants and Secretaries

General Clerical Workers

Inquiry Clerks and Receptionists

Numerical Clerks

Clerical and Office Support Workers

Other Clerical and Administrative Workers

SALES WORKERS

Sales Representatives and Agents

Sales Assistants and Salespersons

Sales Support Workers

MACHINERY OPERATORS AND DRIVERS

Machine and Stationary Plant Operators

Mobile Plant Operators

Road and Rail Drivers

Store persons

LABOURERS

Cleaners and Laundry Workers

Construction and Mining Laborers

Factory Process Workers

Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers

Food Preparation Assistants

Other Laborers

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