It has been reported that some education agents are luring international students to enrol in tertiary institutions by exaggerating the chances they have of obtaining permanent residency in Australia. Sadly this is far from the truth.
The fact is there is no guarantee for permanent residency in Australia because immigration laws change all the time. The Australian Government is constantly changing immigration laws and updating the skilled occupations that are required in Australia. So much so that there’s simply no way of knowing if your profession will be still on the list by the time you finish your studies
Instead of looking for a ‘shortcut’ to citizenship you are better off investing in your future and your English proficiency. It is also vital to choose your educational course carefully and apply for a visa.
Requirements for Studying In Australia
Studying in Australia requires you to apply for admission to a learning institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government. The academic requirements you will need to qualify – including evidence of skills in the English language – will vary based on the level of education you are pursuing. Keep in mind that different institutions have varying entry requirements so you must study the course information on their website carefully when applying.
You will have to go through these steps:
- Select the course and institution you wish to study in
- Applying to study in the institution
- Receiving and accept a Letter of Offer
- Getting your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)
- Applying for your student visa
You will also need to meet various entry requirements for both your visa application as well as the application to the institution. These requirements include:
- Academic – you must have an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), or an overseas equivalent.
- English language – requirements will vary according to the level of English language course you want to study.
- Evidence of funds to support travel, course fees and living costs during your study
- Acceptable Overseas student health cover (OSHC)
You may still be eligible to study as an international student even if you’re already living or working in Australia. Below is a list of visas you can apply for depending on your study plans in Australia.
- Student visa (subclass 500)
- Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
- Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)
- Training visa (subclass 407)
- Visiting and studying
- Post study work arrangements
In some cases, student visa applicants may be required to submit the results of an English language test with their visa application.
Working as a student
Students are permitted to work no more than 40 hours a fortnight while their course is in session; however, they can work for unlimited hours when they are out of session. If the work is a formal registered part of the course, this is excluded from the limit of 40 hours per fortnight. Voluntary, unpaid work, also does not count towards the limit of 40 hours per fortnight.
If you are looking to convert from a student visa to permanent residency in Australia, we are migration agency that caters for this and other visa needs.