Visa for Study in Australia
In Australia, the application for a student visa depends on your nationality and what type of course you are going to study. These factors (nationality and course) will determine how comprehensive will be your application, i.e. which level of assessment will be applicable to your application.
Some students are able to complete a Student Visa Online Application through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website, while others need to apply by post or in person at their designated Australian visa office. The application process differs depending on your assessment level, which will be one of five levels depending on your country of origin and the type of study you intend to undertake . The higher the assessment level (with Level 1 being the lowest and Level 5 being the highest), the greater the amount of evidence an applicant is required to demonstrate in order to support their student visa application.
Student visa applicants who lodge their applications with a CoE from a participating university for a bachelor degree, masters degree, doctoral degree, student exchange program or study abroad program are eligible for streamlined visa processing. These applicants do not receive an assessment level and are processed in a streamlined manner with reduced evidentiary requirements regardless of their country of origin.
Student Guardian Visa
If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child under 18 who is moving to Australia to study, you can also apply for permission to live in Australia as a student guardian on a Student Guardian Visa. Student guardians can live in Australia for the duration of their child’s course or until the child turns 18. There may also be exceptional circumstances where a student over 18 years of age may need a guardian for religious or cultural reasons.
In order to be eligible, parents or legal guardians must meet the general and evidentiary requirements listed above relating to health, character and financial status. In addition, the applicant must:
be a parent, person who has legal custody, or a relative of the student for whom you will be guardian be at least 21 years of age
be able to provide accommodation, general welfare and other support to the student.
Once student have received the visa, there are requirements that must meet in order for it to remain valid, including;
Student must remain enrolled and maintain satisfactory course progress and attendance.
If wish to change qualification level student will need to apply for a new student visa.
Provide your Australian address to your institution so they can contact you, and let them know if student change address.
Student must continue to be able to support yourself financially while you’re in Australia.
Do not breach the working conditions applicable to the visa.
Visa options and requirements are sometimes subject to change. In order to stay up to date, the best place to get accurate information is on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Another option is to contact an education agent, who can help with the visa application, course application, and answer any other questions.
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