Applying for Student Visa

Once you have received your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) you will need to apply for Student Visa subclass 500.

Student Visas are highly technical applications to collate and submit to the Department of Home Affairs. They require a thorough understanding of the Simplified Student Visa Framework which was implemented in March 2016 as well as the considerations surrounding the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria under the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth).

Our specialised team have assisted numerous applicants with their Student Visas, particularly when there are complex personal, character, health, financial, or immigration histories to consider.

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Genuine Temporary Entrant Criteria

Our staff will assist you in preparing all supporting documentation along with a very comprehensive Statement of Purpose (SOP) addressing the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Criteria. Ministerial Direction 69 (52KB PDF) sets out a number of factors we take into account when determining whether you meet the GTE requirement.

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Factors we consider in preparing your GTE statement

Previous study

  • academic transcripts showing qualifications achieved
  • name of the education provider(s)
  • length of study
  • certificates of attainment

Gap in previous study

  • reasons why there is a gap in your studies including where you did not maintain enrolment

Current employment

  • your current employer
  • company address
  • period of employment
  • details of your position
  • the name and contact details of someone who can confirm the circumstances of your employment

Ties to home country or country of residence

  • evidence of financial, family or social ties. You need to show you have significant incentives to return home

Economic situation in home country or country of residence

  • documents showing employment or business activities for 12 months before lodging an application
  • potential employment offers including salary and other benefits, after course completion
  • income tax return or bank statements

Employment in a third country

Potential employment offers, including salary and other benefits, after course completion

Include as much information and evidence as possible in your GTE statement to help give us a full view of your situation. This will help the Department of Home Affairs make a decision on your student visa application. Otherwise, we might need to ask you for more information, delaying the Department of Home Affairs’ decision on your visa application.

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Purpose of the GTE Requirement

The GTE requirement is used to make sure the student visa program is accessed as intended. The student visa program is not a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia.

The GTE requirement helps identify applicants who are using the student visa program for motives other than gaining a quality education.

Situations in your home country (or country of residence)

We consider your:

  • reason for not studying in your home country or region if a similar course is available there
  • ties to your home country that support an intention to return after study is finished
  • economic situation
  • military service commitments
  • political and civil unrest in your home country

The potential situation in Australia

We consider your:

  • ties to Australia that present a strong incentive to stay in Australia
  • level of knowledge of the proposed course and education provider
  • previous study and qualifications
  • planned living arrangements
  • financial stability

Value of the course to your future

We consider:

  • if the course is consistent with your current level of education
  • if the course is relevant to past or proposed future employment in your home country or a third country
  • expected salary and other benefits in your home country or a third country obtained with your qualifications from the proposed course of study

Your immigration history

We consider:

  • previous visa applications for Australia or other countries and circumstances surrounding these
  • visa refusals or cancellations and circumstances surrounding these

If you are a minor, we consider the intentions of your parent, legal guardian or spouse.

Along with understanding the Student’s career aspirations and desired areas of study, our staff canvass these issues at the time of initial counselling given our extensive experience with Student Visas.

This ensures that any applications proceeding with our office will not only have the best chance of successful enrolment with the Education Provider but also with the success of their Student Visa.

Previous COE cancellations or poorly drafted Statements of Purpose addressing the GTE requirement can be fatal to any subsequent enrolment AND Student Visa application. As such, we recommend our involvement from the beginning of the process so that you can proceed with confidence knowing that your university and visa application will have the best possible chance of success.

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Other Requirements for the Student Visa

As part of your Student Visa, you will also need to provide evidence of your Financial Capacity (i.e. your ability to fund your tuition costs, living costs, and your return travel from and to your home country.

You will also require health and character clearances along with IELTS or Evidence of English Language results.

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