Why do so many young people (and a surprising number of older people!) choose to study in Australia? Believe it or not, Australia is the 3rd most popular international student destination in the world. According to current online statistics, Australia has 5 of the 30 best student cities in the world and eight of the world’s Top 100 universities. What’s more, Australia is home to four of the Top 10 “Most Liveable Cities in the World” and invests over $200 million on international scholarships. Pretty impressive for a country with a population of just over 23 million!
Not only is Australia an incredibly beautiful country, it is one of the safest countries in the world to live in and this is one more excellent reason why people choose to study here.
Australian schools, colleges and universities provide great educational opportunities for people wanting an international experience; for those who may have limited opportunities to study in their home country and for people who are hoping to gain an opportunity to live and work in Australia at the end of their studies.
Student visa – Genuine Temporary Entrants and choosing the right course
On 1 July 2016 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) introduced some important changes to the student visa program. The changes are designed to make the process easier to understand and to give students from countries across the world a chance to study in Australia. The process now focuses on genuine temporary entrants.
In the past, some people have used the student visa programme as a way of living in Australia on a temporary basis rather than using it to get an education and DIBP understandably want to stop this. Some people might have studied several (sometimes five or more!) unrelated courses over many years. If the Department decides that someone is abusing the Australian student visa program they may find that their next student visa application will be refused!
Genuine students who complete their studies in Australia may have a number of temporary or permanent visa options available to them at the end of their studies. In many respects, one of the most useful post study visa options is the Subclass 485 visa – The Temporary Graduate visa – which can provide a further 18 months to 4 years in Australia, depending on the course studied. What a great work experience opportunity!
Why it’s important to choose the right course
Choosing the right course at the outset can help define your post study options. This is very important for students who are hoping to live and work in Australia after their studies are complete, including students considering the Temporary Graduate visa. The Australian migration rules change on regular basis. It’s a good idea to get expert advice on study and visa options before committing to the process. It’s important to choose the right course!
What you will be assessed on
Once you’ve chosen a particular course of study (and a college or university), you need to work out whether you can meet the college entry requirements as well as the DIBP student visa requirements. These requirements can cover a wide range of factors which could include your English level; your past education and work experience; your ability to cover your tuition fees and living expenses whilst in Australia; whether you have international student health cover and whether you are a genuine temporary entrant.
How we can help
At EasiVisa, we can guide you on course selection and help make the student visa application process run smoothly. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable education and migration professionals can advise you every step of the way and will take care of the tricky stuff for you. What’s more, if you allow us to deal with the enrollment process for you, we may receive a referral commission from the college or university and if we do, we can use the commission to help reduce your visa application costs.