Students associated with the lowest immigration risk will generally have streamlined evidentiary requirements. This means these students will generally be able to satisfy the Department of their financial capacity by providing a declaration and their English proficiency by a Confirmation of Enrolment. The Department will however retain the discretion to seek further evidence where appropriate.
All student visa applicants must have sufficient funds available for the duration of their stay in Australia. Students associated with higher immigration risk, based on their country of citizenship and education provider immigration risk outcomes, will generally need to provide additional documentary evidence of financial capacity with their visa application.
The immigration department’s online client service tool will indicates that documentary evidence of financial capacity is required based on the institute the student is applying for. Where additional evidence of financial capacity is required, the student will be able to demonstrate this by providing either:
· Evidence of funds to cover travel to Australia and 12 months living, course fees and (for school-aged dependants) schooling costs for the student and accompanying family members or
· Evidence of meeting the annual income requirement
The income demonstrated must be the personal income of the student’s spouse or parents only. In circumstances where both the student’s parents are working their combined income can be considered for this requirement. In all cases the evidence of annual income must be in the form of official government documentation, such as a tax assessment.
All students must show evidence of the first 12-month living costs. The type of evidence, where required, includes: money deposit or education loan with a financial institution, government loan, scholarship or sponsorship.
· Student/guardian AUD 19,830
· Partner/spouse AUD 6,940
· Child AUD 2,970
All student visa holders must maintain adequate arrangements for while they are in Australia. Evidence of the cover must be submitted at the time of visa application.
Where evidence of English Ianguage proficiency is required, the following minimum English language test scores will be accepted:
· English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of 5.5 or
· IELTS overall band score of 5 when packaged with at least 10 weeks English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) or
· IELTS overall band score of 4.5 when packaged with at least 20 weeks ELICOS. The equivalent of the above minimum IELTS test scores from the following English language providers will also be accepted:
· Test of English as a Foreign Language paper based test (TOEFL)
· Pearson Test of English Academic
· Cambridge English: Advanced
· Occupational English Test.
Currently some institutes offer some students exemption from providing evidence of an English language test score, regardless of the level of immigration risk that applies. Under the SSVF, the following student categories will continue to be exempt from providing evidence of English language proficiency requirements with their visa application regardless of the immigration risk rating that applies:
· Students enrolled in fulltime school studies as a principal course, including secondary exchange programmes; postgraduate research courses; standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS); and Foreign Affairs or Defence sponsored students
· Students who have completed at least five years study in one or more of the following countries; Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
· Citizens and passport holders of one of the following English-speaking countries; UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland
· Students who have successfully completed in Australia in the English language either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or studies at the Certificate IV or higher level, in the two years before applying for the Student visa.
The funds shown in the visa application must be available for use by the student to financially support them and any accompanying family members during their stay in Australia.
When considering whether the funds shown will be genuinely available, the Department will take into account factors including:
· The nature of the relationship between the student and the person who is providing the funds, where applicable
· Income, assets and employment of the student or the other person who is providing the funds
· Previous visa history of both the student and the person providing the funds.
All students must be enrolled in a registered course of study and provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) when they lodge their student visa application.
All students under 18 must continue to have welfare arrangements in place for the duration of their stay in Australia AND provide one of the following forms of evidence at the time they lodge their visa application:
· * Form 157N which nominates a suitable relative in Australia or
· * Form 157N and an application for a Student Guardian (subclass 590) for a nominated relative or
A Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare letter from the education provider or
An Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES) form.
All students will continue to be able to package two or more courses on the one student visa where there is progression from one course to another.
The Department aims to finalise 75 per cent of complete student visa applications within 4 to 6 week from the time of lodgement. To reduce visa processing times, students are strongly encouraged to submit all required documents with their visa applications. Failure to submit all required documents may lead to processing delays or visa refusal.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will continue to focus on
ensuring that only applicants who are genuine students, and their immediate
family members, are granted a student visa to Australia. Instances of fraud are
taken very seriously and are thoroughly investigated by the Department. An
individual’s visa application may be refused or their visa may be cancelled if
there is evidence that the individual has given, or caused to be given, a bogus
document or false or misleading information.
Director – Atlas Education Consultants