Once you have been accepted into your Australian course, the next step is to organise your student visa. You will need a student visa for the whole time that you study in Australia.

General and evidentiary student visa requirements

There are various general and evidentiary requirements that international students must meet in order to be eligible for a student visa. These include requirements relating to:

  • Your health
  • Your character
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC)
  • Being free of debts to the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Custody, accommodation and general welfare arrangements for students under 18 years of age
  • Your capacity to cover the cost of air fares, course tuition fees and living costs for you and your family members for the duration of your stay in Australia (the minimum living cost requirement is AUD$18,610 per year)
  • Your academic record and qualifications completed
  • Your English language proficiency
  • Proving that you are a genuine temporary entrant

Applying for a student visa

You will need a student visa for the whole time that you study in Australia. Student visas are divided into subclasses depending on the type of study in which you have enrolled. You are able to apply for your student visa using either a letter of offer or a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from your education provider, but you usually need to supply evidence of your CoE before your student visa is granted.

Some students are able to complete a Student Visa Online Application through the DIBP 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 three levels depending on your country of origin and the type of study you intend to undertake (from English language courses and secondary school through to postgraduate research). The higher the assessment level (with Level 1 being the lowest and Level 3 being the highest), the greater the amount of evidence an applicant is required to demonstrate in order to support their student visa application. You can check your assessment level at the Student Visa Assessment Levels page on the DIBP website. General processing time is 2-6 weeks for Student Visa.

Student visa applicants who lodge their applications with a CoE from a participating university or eligible non-university provider 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. For more information, see the Streamlined Student Visa Processing section of the DIBP website. General processing time is 2-6 weeks for Student Visa.

In most cases, members of your family unit (a partner or a dependent child) may apply for a student visa to live with you in Australia while you study.

Fees and charges

A non-refundable base application charge of AUD$535 applies to most visa applications. Applicants who are bringing eligible family members to live with them in Australia while they study should note that an additional applicant charge applies for each additional family member included in a combined visa application. This charge is added to the base application charge and varies according to the age of the additional applicant(s). In addition, there may be other expenses associated with your visa application, such as costs for medical examinations, police checks and the translation of documents into English (if required).

Help with your visa requirements

The best way to find out your specific visa requirements is to visit your nearest Australian visa office. You can also contact an education agent or the international office at your intended Australian education provider like NEC for advice and help with your visa application.

NEC is known to provide you with 100% Student VISA assistance and leave no stone unturned to convert your dream of studying in Australia a reality. Count on us when you think about studying in Australia.