Student visa requirements

Australia is one of the top countries in the world to get internationally recognised education. The current rate of Australian dollar makes Australian education more affordable for international students. For the students from certain countries it is not very easy to get a student visa to Australia. Number of student visa refusals for Indian, Vietnamese and Nepalese students keeps increasing in 2015. What are the requirements for a successful student visa application?

1. Genuine Applicant criteria

Common to all subclasses is the requirement that an applicant for a student visa be a “genuine temporary entrant” and for most “a genuine student”. This is the most common reason for the student visa applications to be refused. In order to be a “genuine applicant for entry and stay as a student” one must be able to demonstrate that they are a “genuine student” and a “genuine temporary entrant” because they:- Seek to enter/stay in Australia temporarily for the purpose of study Will abide by visa conditions and Will not become unlawful non-citizens. In order to satisfy a decision maker that an applicant is a “genuine student” he would need to have a realistic chance of achieving a successful educational outcome considering their language skills and educational & material circumstances as a whole. The “genuine temporary entrant” criterion applies to all student visa applicants including those exempt from assessment levels under streamlined processing arrangements, secondary applicants and those applying under the Student Guardian Visa subclass as primary applicants. All applicants must be able to demonstrate that their circumstances support a genuine intention to come to Australia temporarily. This is despite the fact that intentions can change and there are a number of lawful options available to student visa holders to remain for lengthy periods of time and in some cases on a permanent basis.

Assessing the genuine temporary entrant criterion for student visa applicants the case officer will look at the following factors:

(a) The situation in the applicant’s home country.

The officer will consider the reasons for the applicant is not undertaking their studies at home, the economic situation in the home country, personal ties of the applicant in the home country. Bad economic situation, natural disaster or civil unrest in the country will have a negative impact to the student visa application

(b) Their potential circumstances of the applicant in Australia.

The officer will an incentive that the applicant may have to stay after completion of their studies and includes an assessment of their likely community and/or family links here, the amount of research or background knowledge they have of the course they intend to study, their living arrangements and the like.

(c) How the proposed course of study will benefit applicant in the future.

Course value assesses the relevance and appropriateness of the intended course to the applicant’s future employment prospects based on their educational background and current employment situation.

(d) Applicant`s immigration history.

Officer will look at the things like a student who moves education providers and fails to complete courses; someone who structures their study to include a series of short courses with maximum allowed breaks between periods of study and the like. If the officer is not satisfied with the evidence provided, he will do a phone interview. If the applicant cannot convince the officer during the interview in his intention to stay in Australia temporary only, the application will be refused.

2. Evidence of funds

Another important criteria and the 2nd common reason of student visa applications to be refused is the evidence of funds. The applicants required to demonstrate an evidence of funds to cover the course fees, living in Australia and travel fees. The amount should be calculated individually on case-by –case basis. Funds can be a bank deposit or a loan held by the applicant or one of his close relatives. The regular income of anyone providing funds to support an overseas student visa application (including the applicant themselves) must be consistent with the level of funds accumulated and being provided to ensure that these funds are in fact truly accessible and available to the student and not just on loan from another source to assist in obtaining visa approval.