Australian Study Visa - Your Best Bet to Stay Longer in Australia

Student Visa

If you are looking to get a student visa to Australia, you are at the right path, for it is one of the best decisions you can take in favour of your future. You've probably started in the right direction and can stay in Australia for an extended period of time!

Feel the Aussie Lifestyle

You can get the real feel of Aussie lifestyle while studying and gaining new skills! The country offers top-notch and renowned universities & colleges along with English language schools that provide great ground for learning. Taking up a relevant educational program will enable you to stay in Australia for longer period of time, which in turn will help your long-term goal of getting a PR in Australia.

Here are some of the most common courses taken by international pupils.

  • Vocational programs in the field of marketing, hospitality management, business, tourism, etc.
  • University programs including bachelors, masters and Ph.D.
  • General English language programs that includes preparation for IELTS, PTE and other such tests.

Top Benefits of Australian Study Visa

It has numerous benefits and is a perfect answer to fulfil your dream of living in Australia.

Benefits of Australia Student Visa

Study and Work in Australia

As mentioned earlier, it is one of the best paths you can choose to stay in Australia for extended period of time. One of the top benefits to study is it also allows you to work in Australia. You can work and earn while you study and gain knowledge in your field of study.

Study and Work in Australia

Most of the international students choose to work after school and during vacations, which helps them meet the day-to-day expenses. In fact, students can fund their own education with their routine work if they manage their funds wisely. They can take up small jobs at grocery stores, filling stations, local market, etc., which helps them sufficiently.

Total Benefits of Australia Student Visa

Getting a study visa is one of the best solutions to stay and work in Australia for a longer period of time. Here are some of the top benefits!

Work as You Study in Australia

Work as You Study in Australia

Your study visa gives you the permission to work too! You can work in Australia throughout the duration of your course with a capping of 20 hours per week during studies and full-time during breaks & vacations.

Choosing the Right Course

Choosing the right kind of course is very important. It is very commonly observed that students keep hopping different courses, primarily to elongate their stay; and sometimes to suit their interest or pocket. Therefore, it is highly suggested that one pre-decide their study pathway when going to study abroad. For example, if you are a science student in your home country, you can’t just opt for accounting-related course and then switch to another course that is altogether different than the previous two. The gist is to study relevant courses and make steady progress in different relevant areas, like work experience, internships, etc.

Hopping courses for unjustified reasons may negatively impact the profile when applying for visa(s) in future. On the other hand, studying related courses and having relevant work experience will increase the candidates’ chances for getting PR manifold.

Visa Duration of Your Choice

Your course duration decides the duration of your visa, which means you can stay for a longer or a shorter period per your discretion. Whether you wish to stay in Australia for longer or shorter period, choose your course accordingly.

You are entitled for a Student Visa only if the program chosen by you is between 12 to 52 weeks; this is the reason students generally take up courses varying anywhere from 6 months to 3 years in duration.

As mentioned, the visa duration depends upon the program you choose, e.g., an individual enrolling for a 6-month course will get it for 6 months and an individual enrolling for a 3-year course will get it for 3 years.

However, if you wish to extend your stay for another course, it will be granted depending on the length of the course. You'll get visa with following conditions:

  • One extra month for courses below 10 months
  • Two extra months for courses over 10 months
  • Three extra months for courses over 10 months in which the term end date is December.

We can help you choose the most relevant and most affordable course according to your profile.

Apply at Any Age

They say there is no age to learn and study, and this stands true when it comes to studying in Australia too!

Getting a study visa is easier when you do not have any gap in your studies.

However, there are certain colleges that accept gap in education, but it is solely on their discretion to give admission. Though there is no upper age limit to apply, it is always suggested to have a strong purpose to take admission in a certain course, else the visa may be rejected.

Taking Assistance of an Education Agent

Though one can always process their visa application without any assistance from an education agent and still get the visa granted successfully, it is highly suggested to avoid taking such a step.

Hiring an education & migration agent is totally worth the money, for they know the process inside-out and process your application in a professional manner. The education agent can suggest you the best list of courses to get the PR and providers that are more affordable and have better PR prospects.
They can also provide you different options in different areas! Furthermore, they write the candidates’ “Statement of Purpose” in a professional manner, which increases their chances of getting a positive visa outcome.

So, if you ever get confused whether to take services of an education agent or not, better go with it. You’ll appreciate that decision later.

The lower age limit is 18 years in certain cases, which too can be taken care of by choosing right program and provider.

Our registered and experienced counsellors can certainly help you with best advice to get a study visa at your age.

Recognised Program

Anything and everything you study in Australia is recognised by the Australian educational framework - whether it is a diploma, bachelor's degree, master's degree or any other program.

Study Visa Recognised Program

All the Australian qualifications are recognised internationally, which can help you shape your career within or outside Australia.

Post-Graduate Visa

This one is a golden cookie! If you have done your graduation from Australia, you are entitled and may apply for a post-study work visa. It's a two-year permission that allows you to work full-time with an Australian employer.

It's a golden opportunity for any individual, for one gets to work and gel in Australian work culture during this time. You can shape your career during this time and earn simultaneously.

Our counsellors can help you find and enrol in the course that matches your interests and ambitions, and can help you stay in Australia for longer.

Family/Partner Visa

When lodging a student visa application, you may include your partner or a family member too! This is a great option as you'll have your beloved along while you study in Australia. This is also beneficial as it allows the partner to work full-time in Australia through the visa duration.

Cost of Student Visa to Australia

Cost of Student Visa to Australia

The current student visa application fee is $575 AUD irrespective of the length of the chosen program. However, the price may vary depending upon the location it is applied from. A pricing estimator tool can be found on the website of Department of Immigration and Border Protection, which can help you get the right price of your application.

Student Visa Renewal

You may get it renewed as many times as you want, provided you enrol in a CRICOS-approved course. However, multiple renewals may be questioned by the Government for genuineness.

Our registered and experienced MARA agents and counsellors can provide you best advice on how to get it renewed.

Applying for Australia Study Visa? Here's Everything You'll Need

Australia Study Visa

Here are different set of requirements that you'll need when applying for a Student Visa. Make sure you fulfil all the requirements.

Offer Letter

Also known as Letter of Offer, it is a documented testimony issued by the education provider with whom the student wishes to enrol. The candidate needs to furnish all the documents pertaining to educational qualification in the past.

The education provider may cross-check the documents for genuineness and make referral-checks before considering the candidate for interested course. Only once the provider deems the pupil fit for the program considering educational relevance and motive, it issues the Offer Letter. The provider may ask for additional documents to issue Letter of Offer.

The Offer Letter acts as a "green signal" for student to make further arrangements.

It must be noted that the Offer Letter does not guarantee admission, and can be withdrawn any time without any prior notification. The Offer Letter stands withdrawn automatically once the seats for that program get filled.

Our Qualified Education Admission Counsellors (QEACs) can help you expedite the process of admission in your desired course.

Other Important Documents

Other important documents that you may need include:

  • Confirmation of Enrolment (COE)
  • Statement of Purpose & Genuine Temporary Entrant
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement
  • Australian Health & Character Requirement
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Financial Requirements
  • Cost of Annual Living

COE - Confirmation of Enrolment

COE is an official document issued by the Government which confirms that the candidate has accepted a place in a course, and has paid tuition fees and OSHC premium.

The student automatically receives COE once the provider verifies International Student Acceptance and Payment Agreement.

It should be noted that the pupil must enrol in a CRICOS-approved course to receive COE.

GTE - Genuine Temporary Entrant

Per the integrity measure of the Australian Student Visa program, the Government asks for a proof that the student's intentions to stay in Australia are temporary and he/she will return back his/her homeland upon completion of course. The same stands for any accompanying partner or guardian.

He/she is required to write a Statement of Purpose (SoP) in order to showcase genuine intention to study.

The SoP along with other factors like financials of the candidate are assessed by the case officer who then deems if the candidate meets the GTE requirement or not. The candidate may need to go through a personal interview if the case officer asks for it.

To get this step right, the student must be convincing enough to prove his/her genuineness to study and must prepare all other documents perfectly.

Visa Application Tips

In case you are taking services of an education agent, you won’t need these tips, for they’ll already process everything professionally. However, if you choose to do it all on your own, these tips will surely help improve your application.


  • Cover Letter – Including a cover letter will make things easier and clearer for the reviewer. Don’t complicate it; just summarize all the documents that you’ve attached, and it’ll be done. Pointers are preferred over paragraphs in this case.
  • Documentation – All the files and documents must be named clearly and should also be attested/certified according to the requirements of the authority.
  • Completion of Forms – All the forms must be filled honestly and completely. It is never suggested to provide false information in the form. Also, do not leave any form incomplete.
  • Complete the Application – It is suggested to lodge a complete application without missing any documents. In case you are awaiting any documentation, make sure you have it before lodging the application. 

Financial Requirement

At the time of lodgement, the pupil must have funds sufficient enough to cover the tuition fees, travel expenses and living costs for the duration of stay.

Student Visa Financial Requirement

Financial requirement depends on various factors like country of applicant, course taken, provider chosen, lifestyle, etc.

While components like tuition fees and travel may vary a little, other components like personal expenses may vary from individual to individual. Your migration agent is the best person to tell you the estimated financial requirement.

Interested candidates are encouraged to refer to Document Checklist Tool developed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to know more about the documentary evidence of finances.

In any case, our experienced counsellors can help you get the right estimate on financial requirement based on program, provider and area chosen.

Common Mistakes on Visa Applications

Last thing you want on your visa application is a mistake. Mistakes would not only lead to visa rejection, but may also make it difficult to apply visa again. Therefore, it is suggested to double-check everything and include all that’s asked. Some of the most common mistakes that can reject your visa are:

1. Providing wrong/false information

2. Filling the form/application incorrectly

3. Missing documentation

Though interviews are very rare, one should be prepared for it. The applicant should be aware about the course he/she is going to study.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Students from English-speaking nations do not need to prove their English language proficiency to get admission in any program in Australia; however, on the other hand, students from non-English-speaking countries may need to furnish an updated certificate of English language test along with the application.

English Level Proficiency

It should be noted that English language requirement also depends on the program you have chosen and the provider; while some courses and providers ask for overall 7 bands at least, others may be okay with 5, 6 or even 6.5 overall.

To have detailed information of English language requirement for program and provider chosen by you, get in touch with us and we'll help you know what exactly do you need to have and do.

Australian Health Requirement

All the Australian Student Visa applicants must undergo a medical health examination. Your health requirements depend upon the following factors:

  • the type of visa that you are applying for
  • the length of your intended stay in Australia
  • your country's level of tuberculosis risk
  • your intended activities in Australia
  • any special circumstances that may be applicable
  • the presence of any significant medical conditions

Costs of medical examinations are to be borne by the applicant with no refunds in case of refusal. For detailed information on types of medical examinations required, please visit the website of Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Australian Character Requirement

You may be asked to provide police clearance certificate when applying when applying.

The requirements may be different if you've lived in multiple countries in the past.

Our registered MARA agents and qualified counsellors will be able to help you with what all you'd need in a police certificate to apply for student visa for Australia.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

As an applicant, you must have OSHC for the entirety of duration of your intended stay in Australia.

Overseas Student Health Cover

You CANNOT get a visa without adequate health cover. It is mandatory for all the applicants wishing to study in Australia.

Of course, as the name suggests, OSHC Policy will cover you from any potential medical or hospital expenses that you may incur during your stay in Australia. Depending upon your policy, certain percentage of pharmaceuticals and ambulance services may also be covered.

We can help you save a lot of money in individual/family OSHC. You can buy it through us at affordable prices. Get in touch with us to get your OSHC instantly.

Cost of Living (Annual)

As mentioned above, your cost of living will entirely depend upon your lifestyle - including the area you live in, whether you are living alone or on sharing basis, how you commute to/from college, etc.

Cost of Living in Australia

However, each and every student application where evidence of funds is required should include the cost of living in addition to other funds (tuition, OSHC, etc.). Please note that this is an estimated cost in AUD.

  • Student/Guardian: $20,000
  • Partner/Spouse: $7,000
  • Child: $3,000

If you are looking for any other information or need more clarity on what is mentioned above, please feel free to get in touch with one of our counsellors; they'll be able to assist you completely with your queries.

What After Visa is Granted/Refused

You’ll be informed of the outcome in writing.

You’ll be headed to a different life altogether if your visa is granted.

However, on the other hand, if it is refused, make sure you submit the application for a review, if applicable. In case a review is not applicable on your application, it is suggested to look into the exact reason of refusal. Talk to your education agent and see if the reason for rejection could be found.

Try not to repeat the mistake and start afresh.

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