There are a variety of student visa options for those seeking to study in Australia. The type of study an international student desires to undertake will determine the appropriate visa for which they should apply. There are numerous student visa subclasses that each correspond to a different educational secto
A Higher Education Sector visa (573) is appropriate for those wanting to undertake full time study in Australia at a tertiary level, for example, a Bachelor degree or Graduate Certificate etc. Postgraduate research such as a Masters by Research or a Doctoral degree is covered by a Postgraduate Research Sector visa (574), whereas a Vocational Education and Training Sector visa (572) is appropriate for students pursuing a vocational education pathway in Australia.
The Independent ELICOS Sector visa (570) covers individuals wanting to study an English Language Intensive Course (ELICOS). For courses that do not result in an Australian award (other than ELICOS), the Non Award Sector visa (575) is most suitable. Students wanting to enrol in an Australian primary or secondary school, or to participate in school based exchange programs would be covered by a School Sector visa (571).
Additionally, a person who is a guardian of a current Student visa holder or an applicant under the age of 18 may apply for a Student Guardian visa (580) in certain circumstances.
In order to be eligible for one of the student visas aforementioned, the applicant must have been accepted in a full-time registered course in Australia. Furthermore, the applicant must meet the specific criteria attaching to the visa subclass for which they are applying. Such criteria can include:
- The students financial capacity to undertake the course;
- The students past academic record, health, character, and immigration history;
- The student’s capacity to support any dependents (in Australia or in their country of origin.
The Australian student visa assessment regime utilizes an ‘assessment level’ scheme whereby each country, across each visa subclass, is given a score based on the immigration risk posed by students from that country in that sector. The assessment levels range from 1 to 5, where 1 represents the lowest level of risk and 5 the highest. As the assessment level increases, applicants must satisfy a higher evidentiary burden to support the claims contained in their application for a student visa.
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