Student visa

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A Student visa is a temporary visa that is available to foreign citizens to enter and spend time in Australia for study and work purposes. There are a number of different categories of Student visa options available depending on what you want to study. The options cover everything from studying basic English, to Vocational courses to doing a Bachelor’s Degree, Masters or PhD.


The length of a Student visa can vary greatly – from a few weeks to many years – depending on the length of your chosen course of study.


To be eligible for a Student visa you need to satisfy a number of criteria:


Firstly, you need to have the required prerequisites (if any) for your course of choice.


Secondly, you need to show that you have adequate funds to support you visit – to show you can pay for the course tuition, flights, medical insurance, your accommodation and other living costs for your period of time in Australia.


You must either show that you can support yourself OR your parents or other members of your family, or a boyfriend etc.. can offer to support you financially. We prepare a lot of Student visas for citizens from Thailand and the Philippines where their Australian boyfriend is providing the offer of financial support.


Finally, there are also health and character criteria to meet.



Working on a Student visa


One of the good things about a Student visa is that it allows the holder of the visa to work – up to 40 hours every 2 weeks. This income can be used to help to support you during your time in Australia, or it can be used for training as is required by some courses.



Assessment Levels


Should you want to prepare and submit an application for a Student visa your application will be given an Assessment Level of between 1 to 5 depending on which area of study you are interested in and which country passport you have. The higher the number of Assessment Level the more evidence you will need to show in your application.


The determination that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) makes about which country passport will be Assessment Level 1 or 2 etc. is based on a number of things including the past visa history of people from that country of passport. Once your Assessment Level is determined DIBP then focuses on the individual Applicant to determine if they meet the criteria for the visa.


If you are thinking of applying for a Student visa yourself but you are finding it difficult, why not get some personalized help from a qualified and experienced Migration Agent. At Australian Visa Advice we can assist you to apply for and obtain a Student visa. We are specialists in this field.


The Student visa application is a complex process. It usually takes weeks to prepare an application and the processing time is from a few weeks to a month or more, although times vary depending on many factors, including the thoroughness of an application and how well it is prepared, and which Embassy is processing the application. Unless strict guidelines are followed, including meeting all of the relevant criteria and the attachment of all relevant supporting evidence, it is highly likely that a visa application will be refused (about 70% of all Australian visa applications are refused).


However, we at Australian Visa Advice have an Exceptionally High success rate. Our detailed knowledge of the law and years of experience preparing literally 100’s of applications will take the stress, confusion and high risk of failure out of the visa process. We often help clients who have had their visa applications refused because they have either tried to obtain the visa themselves or used unqualified and inexperienced Migration Agents. They have wasted precious time, money and effort.


For more information please contact one of our Migration Agents by clicking the Contact Us box in the menu bar on the home page. Or you can email us at You can also call us in Thailand on 08 4222 3946 (from inside Thailand) or +66 84222 3946 (from outside Thailand), or in Australia on 0434 477 964 (from inside Australia) or +61 434 477 964 (from outside Australia). Once you contact us we will be happy to provide you with a free assessment to determine your visa needs.


We only advise on and prepare Australian visas.


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