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Streamlined Visa Processing

From 24 March 2012, student visa applicants who lodge their applications with aElectronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) from a participating university in Australia at Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degree level will be assessed as though they are a lower migration risk (similar to the current Assessment Level 1), regardless of their country of origin. This means that these applicants will generally have reduced evidentiary requirements when applying for a student visa.

The students still have to meet requirements in regard to English-language proficiency and financial capacity and will have to satisfy the genuine temporary entrant requirement, as do Assessment Level 1 applicants. However, they will not have the same documentary burdens that currently exist under the higher Assessment levels.

In addition, all applicants will still be subject to basic requirements such as having health insurance and not being a security or health risk. The department also reserves the right to look more closely at applications that pose a particular concern.
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Eligible Courses

The following higher education sector courses are eligible for streamlined visa processing

  • Bachelor Degrees
  • Master Degrees by Coursework.

The following higher education sector courses are not eligible for streamlined visa processing:

  • Short Courses
  • Associate Degrees
  • Graduate Diplomas
  • Graduate Certificates
  • Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas
  • Non-Award Courses (Except as mentioned above)
  • Courses below Bachelor level delivered by Universities which are Dual Sector (VET and University)
If you intend to undertake another course of study ahead of your main course of study, such as an enabling course, you may also be eligible for streamlined visa processing.

Streamlined Visa Processing is designed for International Students applying to study in Australia at A Participating University.

Streamlined Visa Processing means these applicants are treated as though they are lower migration risk (similar to the current Assessment Level 1) regardless of their country of origin.

See: Eligible Education Providers and Education Business Partners

Before you apply for this visa, you must have applied for and been accepted to study full-time at a participating university in Australia. You must provide evidence of your Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) at the time that you lodge your application.
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Finance Requirement

You must declare on your application that you have enough money to pay for travel, tuition and living expenses for yourself, your partner and your dependent children for the duration of your stay in Australia. You must also have enough money to support your partner and dependent children, even if they do not travel with you to Australia.

The table below outlines the amounts in Australian dollars (AUD) that you need access to. These amounts are the minimum required for this visa. They do not necessarily represent the cost of living in Australia.

Expenses Per Person Amount required in AUD
Travel Yourself Return air fare to Australia
Family members One return air fare to Australia per person
Tuition Yourself Course fees
Children aged 5-18 AUD 8000 per year
Living Yourself AUD 18610 per year
Partner AUD 6515 per year
First child AUD 3720 per year
Each other child AUD 2790 per year

The department must be satisfied that an applicant, once in Australia, will have the sufficient funds they claim to possess to cover the travel, tuition and living costs for themselves and their family members.

Acceptable sources of income

The money to support you and your family members may come from any source.
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English Language Proficiency

Contact your Australian education provider who will advise you about the level of English you need and the evidence you must provide. Still Most universities demand the below outlines English Language requirement for Admission Process.
  • For direct entry into a course, you must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or above
  • To do a foundation course (but no ELICOS) before your main course, you must have an IELTS score of at least 5.5
  • To do an ELICOS course before your main course, you must have an IELTS score of at least 5.0. You can study a preliminary English course for up to 30 weeks.
For comparison of other language test please check the below table as Immigration department now consider the alternative test for student visa.

IELTS Score Bands4.04.55.05.56.06.57.07.58.08.59.0
TOEFL (IBT) 31 32 35 46 60 79 94 102 110 115 118
PTE Academic 29 30 36 42 50 58 65 73 79 83 86
Cambridge English Advanced 32 36 41 47 52 58 67 74 80 87 93

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Academic Record

If you are applying for your first student visa, you must provide evidence that you

  • Successfully completed Year 12, Diploma, Bachelor or equivalent, by providing school reports and academic records
  • Successfully completed Year 11 or equivalent, by providing school reports and academic records, and have completed or are enrolled in a Foundation course in Australia.
    Note: A Foundation course is a course registered on CRICOS as 'Foundation Studies'.
  • Successfully completed a qualification from the Australian Qualification Framework at Certificate IV level or higher in a course that was conducted in Australia
    or
    Have a Confirmation of Enrolment in a course that leads to a qualification from the Australian Qualification Framework at Certificate IV level or higher, and that you will complete before your main course.
If you are applying for a subsequent student visa, you must provide academic reports and previous records of attendance to show that you satisfied the course requirements.
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Obligation

You must uphold your visa conditions while studying and living in Australia or your visa may be cancelled and you may have to leave Australia.

Course Enrolment, Attendance and Progress

You must remain enrolled in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

You must maintain satisfactory attendance in your course as required by your education provider.

You must make satisfactory course progress for each study period.

Your education provider will advise the department if your attendance or course progress is not satisfactory. The definition of 'satisfactory' is determined by your education provider.

Changing your education provider

If you want to change provider before completing the first six months of your main course of study you must contact your current education provider for permission. You will require a letter of offer from the new provider in order to apply for a letter of release from your original education provider.

If you want to change your level of qualification, you will need to apply for a new student visa because your visa subclass will change.

Example: You want to change from a Diploma to a PhD degree.

Providing your home address

You must advise your education provider of your home address within seven days of arriving in Australia. Also, if you change your address during your stay in Australia, you must advise your education provider within seven days.
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Work Rights

The table below outlines the work entitlements for you and your dependent family members if you have permission to work.

Type of applicant
Work entitlement
Students with permission to work
  • You can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session and unlimited hours when your course is not in session.
  • You cannot undertake work until you have started your course in Australia.
  • Note: A fortnight begins on any Monday and ends on the second following Sunday.
Dependent family members with permission to work
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Eligible Family Members

Your partner and your partner's dependent children.

Dependent child

The child or stepchild of yourself or your partner who has not turned 18 and is not married, engaged to be married or in a de facto relationship.

Your family members are only eligible to accompany you to Australia if your course is 12 months or longer.

You must declare all family members on your application, even if they do not plan to travel with you to Australia. If you do not declare all family members on your application, they will not be eligible to come as dependants after you have arrived in Australia. You must also provide proof of your relationship to them, in the form of officially issued birth and marriage certificates.

Your family members must meet specific requirements to be eligible for this visa as a student dependant.

Family member obligations

Your dependant family members must maintain their visa conditions. A breach of these conditions may result in your visa being cancelled and you may have to leave Australia.

Your family members must:
  • Remain a member of your family for the duration of their stay in Australia
  • Have adequate financial support
  • Maintain adequate health cover
  • Not work more than 40 hours per fortnight, unless you have commenced a postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD), in which case your dependent family members can work unlimited hours
  • Not work before you have commenced the course
  • Attend school if they are of school age.

Important: It is your responsibility to ensure that your family members meet the above conditions.

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What does the visa let me do?

With this visa

  • You can study in Australia
  • Eligible dependant family members can accompany you to Australia
  • When you have commenced your course of study in Australia, you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks.
  • Your family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight provided you have commenced your course of study in Australia. If you are doing a postgraduate course, such as a Master’s degree, your family members can work unlimited hours once you commence this course.
  • Your partner can study in Australia for up to three months.
    Note:If your partner wants to study for more than three months they must apply for their own student visa. The application can be made in Australia.
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Genuine Temporary Entrant Requirement

Your individual circumstances must demonstrate that you genuinely intend to stay in Australia temporarily.

The factors that are considered during assessment of the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement include:

  • Your personal circumstances in your home country
  • Your potential circumstances in Australia
  • The value of the course to your future
  • Your immigration history
  • Any other matter that is relevant to your intention to remain in Australia temporarily.

If you are a minor the intentions of your parent, legal guardian or spouse will also be considered.

The information provided in your application form and supporting documentation will be used to assess the GTE requirement. You may be requested to provide additional information in relation to the factors set out above.

Examples of factors that are considered under the GTE requirement

  • Whether the applicant has sound reasons for not undertaking the study in the home country or region if a similar course is already available there. Decision makers should allow for any reasonable motives as established by the applicant.
  • Whether the applicant has sound reasons for not undertaking the study in the home country or region if a similar course is already available there. Decision makers should allow for any reasonable motives as established by the applicant.
  • The extent of the applicant’s personal ties to their home country (for example family, community and employment) and whether they would serve as a significant incentive to return to their home country.
  • Economic circumstances of the applicant that would present as a significant incentive for the applicant not to return to their home country. This may include consideration of the applicant’s circumstances relative to the home country and to Australia.
  • Military service commitments that would present as a significant incentive for the applicant not to return to their home country.
  • Political and civil unrest in the applicant’s home country. This includes situations of a nature that may induce the applicant to apply for a Student visa as means of obtaining entry to Australia for the purpose of remaining indefinitely. Decision makers should be aware of
  • Political and civil unrest in the applicant’s home country. This includes situations of a nature that may induce the applicant to apply for a Student visa as means of obtaining entry to Australia for the purpose of remaining indefinitely. Decision makers should be aware of the changing circumstances in the applicant’s home country and the influence these may have on an applicant’s motivations for applying for a Student visa.

The applicant’s ties with Australia which would present as a strong incentive to remain in Australia. This may include family and community ties.
  • Evidence that the Student visa program is being used to circumvent the intentions of the migration program.
  • Whether the Student visa is being used to maintain on going residence.
  • Whether the primary and secondary applicant(s) have entered into a relationship of concern for Student visa purposes. Where it has been determined that an applicant and dependant have contrived their relationship for Student visa purposes, the decision maker can find that both applicants do not satisfy the genuine temporary entrant requirement.
  • The applicant’s knowledge of living in Australia and their intended course of study and the associated education provider; including previous study and qualifications, what is a realistic level of knowledge an applicant could be expected to know and the level of research the applicant has undertaken into their proposed course of study and living arrangements.
  • Whether the student is seeking to undertake a course that is consistent with their current level of education and whether the course will assist the applicant to obtain employment or improve employment prospects in their home country. Decision makers should allow for reasonable changes to career or study pathways.
  • Relevance of the course to the student’s past or proposed future employment either in their home country or a third country.
  • Remuneration the applicant could expect to receive in the home country or a third country, compared with Australia, using the qualifications to be gained from the proposed course of study.
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