Australia Student Visa - Everything You Need to Know

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Updated On 02 December 2022 & Read Time 6 minutes




Australia is one of the best study-abroad destinations for international students. It is home to some of the finest educational institutes; 8 Australian universities are included in the top 100 universities in the world. The degrees from Australian universities are recognised globally. Moreover, the country's steadily growing economy offers international students great career prospects. It is an English-speaking country where international students can easily find a wide variety of English-taught specialised courses. Generally, Australian universities offer 2 intakes to international students, i.e., February and July. Whereas some universities also offer November intake. In order to study in Australia, international students have to apply for an Australian student visa.


Australia Student Visa


To participate in an Australian university's eligible course, international students must apply for a visa subclass 500. It is a temporary visa that allows international students to study in Australia for a maximum of up to 5 years. To continue studying in Australia, students must apply for a new Student visa. This visa also allows international students to work part-time during their studies. Also, after graduating from Australian universities, international students are allowed for PSW (post-study work). The duration of PSW varies from 18 months to 6 years.


Documents Required for Australian Student Visa


To make an application for an Australian student visa, international students have to provide some important documents, including personal documents and academic documents. Some of the basic Australia student visa requirements are:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of enrolment to Australian University (your electronic confirmation of enrolment COE)
  • Receipt of visa application fee
  • Academic transcript (10th, 12th, and bachelor’s)
  • LOR (Letter of Recommendation)
  • SOP (statement of purpose)
  • Work experience documents (if any)
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement (proof of enough finances)
  • Evidence of your English proficiency skills (such as IELTS, PTE, and TOEFL test scores)
  • Details of overseas health insurance policy (OSHC)
  • Passport-sized photographs


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Process to Apply for an Australian Student Visa


International students must apply at least 8 weeks before the course starting date. Also, check the list of all the essential documents required for visa application and gather them all. Students can apply online for subclass 500. They can start their visa application as soon as they receive confirmation of enrolment from the university. The steps to apply for the visa are as follows:

  • Firstly, the students have to fill out an online application form for the visa and attach all the documents required for the application.
  • While submitting an application, students have to pay the visa application fee, which is about 650 AUD. This fee is non-refundable even if your visa gets rejected.
  • As soon as the students submit their visa applications, they will get a Transaction Reference Number (TRN). Through TRN, international students can check all the updates regarding their visas.
  • After submitting an application, students have to create a HAP ID for the medical check-up. Students must have to visit the Australian immigration designated health centre for medical check-ups.
  • The health check-up reports will be directly sent to the Australian embassy. Then they will assess the student's profile.
  • The embassy will surely approve the visa if the student's profile is genuine. They will let you know in writing their decision. Also, they will tell you your visa grant number, visa expiration date, and visa conditions for future reference.


Tips to Get Australian Visa Approval?


International students can easily achieve an Australian student visa by following certain tips:

  • Ensure that you provide genuine academic documents, and your profile must be competitive.
  • Choosing a course that is relevant to your previous academic field increases the chances of getting a visa.
  • Focus on your SOP (statement of purpose), as it is a very important part of your visa application. While writing an SOP, students must mention the reason for choosing that particular course and university. Also, they have compared the education system in their home country and Australia.
  • Since a medical test is a compulsory part of the Australian visa process, one must stay fit and healthy.
  • While appearing for a visa interview, you must be consistent with your answers. Also, your answer must be justified by the documents you provide.
  • Make sure you do not mention that you have any intention to stay back in Australia after you complete your studies.




Q: Is a student visa hard to get in Australia?

A: No, students can easily get an Australian student visa with the right academic profile and proof of enough finances. The student visa acceptance rate in Australia is about 85% - 90%* for 2021-22.

Q: What is the application fee for an Australian student visa?

A: The student visa application in Australia costs around 650 AUD.

Q: What are the reasons for an Australian student visa rejection?

A: The Australian embassy may reject the visas if the student is unable to show genuine or incomplete proof of finance or if their academic profile is lacking.

Q: What if the student visa expires before graduation?

A: If your student visa expires before graduation, you might be eligible for a Visitor visa (subclass 600).

Q: What is the duration of visa processing?

A: Australian visa processing takes around 40 to 45 days.

Q: Do students have to appear for an interview to get a student visa to Australia?

A: Yes, it is compulsory to appear for an Australian student visa.

Q: What are the financial requirements to get an Australian student visa?

A: To prove enough finances, students must prove that they have funds to cover their course fees, travel expenses, and living costs.

Q What is the cost of studying in Australia?

A: Cost of studying in Australia for undergraduate courses is between 20,000 AUD - 45,000 AUD, and for postgraduate, it is between 22,000 AUD - 50,000 AUD.


Moreover, students who wish to study in Australia may contact our expert counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). You can also take free online counselling sessions through our website. Our counsellors will provide you with the best support and guidance to take admission in Australian universities as well as for a visa. For more information or any queries, you can mail us at or call us at toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011.

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