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Australian study visa guide for Pakistani students

Student Visa For Australia From Pakistan

Exceptional and top rated higher education institutions of Australia fascinate thousands of international students to consider studying abroad there. Coming next in line to the UK and USA, the superlative standards of education and innovative teaching methodologies adopted by universities of Australia have made it third most favorite study abroad destination in the globe. International students have easy accessibility to part time jobs in Australia, they can settle in Australia post-graduation to avail career opportunities and in addition the procedure of attaining student visa for Australia is not complex. Those who are planning to study abroad in Australia can take information about student visa procedure for Australia from the guide below:

Australia Study Visa Requirements  

  • Acceptance Letter from Australian University

The nationals of EU or Non-EU countries need to attain a student visa for study abroad in Australia. The first major step of attaining the Australian student visa is getting an acceptance letter from an accredited higher education institute of Australia. The acceptance letter issued by an Australian university serves as an invitation letter from the institute permitting you admission. Once you have received the acceptance letter the university will inform you via email the deadline of submitting tuition fee, registration fee and fulfilling other admission requirements and offer a list of on campus accommodation types available for you to choose from.

  • Writing Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Statement

The students will be expected to fulfill Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements. To pass Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement the student needs to demonstrate that his/her sole purpose of attaining the student visa to get a high quality of education in Australia. By passing Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements the students do not get suspended from availing post-graduation career opportunities or their chance to get permanent residence of Australia after getting an employment contract from any Australian employer, company or firm. The Department of Home Affairs Australia will consider to accept student visa application if the candidate meets Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements. The Department of Home Affairs will ask the student to write a letter of intent either in English or in student’s native language (which will be translated into English if the student is not comfortable to write in English)and make judgment of accepting the letter on following factors:

  • Economical and political circumstances of student’s country

  • Prospective circumstances for student while his/her stay in Australia

  • Career scope in future of student’s chosen study program

  • History of immigration of student

The Department of Home Affairs will ascertain on the basis of this letter of intent by student whether he/she is a genuine temporary entrant or not.

  • Financial Requirements for Pakistani Students to Study in Australia 

Any student taking admission in Australia for a short term or a long term study program needs to provide evidence of sufficient financial resources. The applicant would be required to provide documented evidence that he has enough financial resources to afford his living and study expenses for the duration of entire study program. Since 2018, the Government of Australia has settled the amount of financial resources must be AU$20,290 (~US$15,600) for one year long stay. If the applicant is taking his family or spouse along with him then he will also need to prove that he can afford their living expenses and pay school fees in case of children. If the student is not earning himself then he must prove that his parents or guardian earns at least AU$60,000 (~US$46,140) per annum.

  • English Language Proficiency Requirements

The applicants of Australian student visa belonging from a non-English speaking country are liable to prove their proficiency in English language through tests unless they have completed their 5 years of education in an English speaking country. IELTS is accepted by Department of Home Affairs Australia, The list of other English language proficiency tests accepted for student visa include:

  • TOEFL ( iBT),

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

The scores or grades required in the test will be determined on the basis of your study program whether it is a long term course or short term course.

  • Medical Test

The students may also be required provide a medical certificate demonstrating the applicant is in good health (It applies to students who have taken admission in medicine related courses such doctor, dentist, nurse). The applicant will be asked to book an appointment for checkup with a doctor or radiologist which has Australian Immigration Office approval.

  • Overseas Student Health Coverage

All international students except Norwegian and Belgian nationals need to purchase an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). The amount of this health insurance coverage depends on the duration of your stay and also your insurance provider. You can buy insurance coverage from the university you have enrolled in or from any of the registered insurance providers of Australia such as:

  • Australian Health Management

  • BUPA Australia

  • Medibank Private

  • Allianz Global Assistance

  • nib OSHC

  • Clearance Letter from Police Station

As a part of Australian student visa requirement, the student needs to provide a proof of good character by attaching a clearance letter from the local police station nearest to their locality. The clearance letter demonstrates that the applicant has not any criminal record or any legal offence registered against them. The clearance letter should not be older than 3 months. If not police statement the students can also complete Character Statutory Declaration Form.

Australia Study Visa Step By Step Application

After completing admission requirements of paying tuition fee and registration fee, the next step is to visit the Australian Embassy or Consulate nearest your locality and acquire visa information. The student must appear in the Embassy himself. The Embassy will ask you to fill a visa application form and fulfill other student visa requirements based on your nationality. The Embassy might even ask you to attend an interview. 

  • Write Visa Application Form

All international students intended to study abroad in Australia need to write a visa application form completely and submit it online or at an Australian Embassy or Consulate nearest you. The visa application form cannot be completed without Confirmation of Enrollment (COE) or an Acceptance Letter from university as mentioned above. The course you chosen for admission must be registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses (CRICOS). The COE will be written in form of a code provided to you by university; you will enter this code in appropriate section of the visa form. You will need to attach the deposit slip of your tuition fee with the visa application form.

Document Checklist For Australian Study Visa

The following lists of documents are required to attain a student visa of Australia as provided by Department of Home Affairs Australia:

  • A completely written visa application form

  • Paid receipt of visa application fee (the amount can be around AU$560 (~US$430) or more)

  • Copy of national passport (some of the students would be asked to provide their original passport)

  • Acceptance letter from Australian University

  • Bank Statement or credit card statement proving you have sufficient funds to bear your living and study expenses

  • Proof of purchased health insurance coverage

  • English proficiency test certificate

  • Police statement evidencing that the applicant has no criminal record

  • Four recently taken passport size photographs

Australia Study Visa Embassy Fees

Pakistani applicant applying for Australian study visa has to pay 575 AUD that is equal to 86,000 pkr.

Australia Study Visa Processing Time

After submitting the visa application form the students can expect visa approval to take 4 to 5 weeks. If you are enrolled in 10 months course which finishes in December the end of an Australian academic year then you can your visa will expire on 15th March next year. If you are enrolled in program which is longer than 10 months and finishes in January or October then your visa will expire after two months of your course completion.

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