How to ace your Australian student visa application?

Tips to nail your Australia student visa application

Any student visa success always starts with being genuine and being transparent to the consultant you interact with and seek advice, to the university or college you are applying for study and to the High Commission you are submitting your application for approval to study and soak in experiences overseas that will transform you.

  1. Intakes: The academic year in Australia starts in February and runs till November. Universities in Australia typically recruit international students in February (Tier 1), July (Tier 2) and November (Tier 3).
  2. Start early: The first step to a successful visa application to study in Australia starts with applying early to ensure you have enough time like time you need to get the bank loan sanctioned, time to organise all the paperwork for visa (which is demanding and time consuming), time to draft an impressive and compelling SOP for the university and to the visa officer and you should also factor in the time that the university takes to assess your application, assess your financial documents and the time to process your application to offer letter, GS (Genuine Student) requirement and to process your eCOE (Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment). You should ideally allow the High Commission with a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks to process your application to study in Australia. And university needs a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks for the complete process to be done from application to offer letter and GS requirement and for the issuance of eCOE which is the admission letter you receive after transferring the tuition fee to the university. Therefore, start your process 5 to 6 months before the course commencement or start date. Feb intake ~ the ideal time is to start in August the previous year / July intake ~ February the same year / November ~ June the same year .
  3. Program search: This is the crux of any visa application to any country because unless you are very clear about what your career goals and aspirations are and what pulls you to say for example to become a Data Scientist, the whole homework of consulting an advisor and spending hours and hours of time to visit various university websites and program pages do not make any sense eventually. Be clear about your career aspirations and what is in you, that gives you the gut feel that you want to be a Data Scientist (say or example) down the line or going forward in the future. It is about your academic instincts and career aspirations about your professional life.
  4. Consultation: Pick the right consultancy to be advised about a university and a program that fits in your academic instincts and career aspirations. A consultant who has sizeable experience of advising students and a track record of visa success with the Australian High Commission and who understands the nuances of successful visa application. At IVY Overseas, we have been doing this for more than a decade now and we have advised and helped more than 2000 students to study in Australia in almost every state and every university of Australia. We have a team of highly experienced and professional counsellors who have been advising students for a min of 5 years and above and who are professionally certified (EATC ~ Education Agent Training Course). To get a feel of our students' happiness at every stage of the process and overall satisfaction throughout the process cycle, we would recommend you to read our Google reviews. We have some examples for your easy reference as to how to pick the right program.

1. There are several Pharma graduates, for example, who are interested in the operations side of the Pharmaceutical industry for reasons unique to them and could be linked to their socio-economic background. For such students, we recommend the following. Master of logistics and supply chain management @ La Trobe University because this program equips the graduates with skills to work as a Supply Chain Manager within the pharmaceutical industry. They optimize supply chain processes, manage inventory levels, and ensure efficient distribution of pharmaceutical products.

2. A commerce graduate who wants to be an investment banker down the line because it is both personally satisfying and financially lucrative as a career too. We recommend students to choose any MBA or Master of Finance with scope to learn investment banking analysis, corporate finance, or financial services firms. We also would recommend that pursuing vendor certifications such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation or the Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA) certification can enhance their credentials and demonstrate their expertise to potential employers.

  1. Application checklist: When you apply to any university or college in Australia make sure the application packet is complete in all aspects to ensure timely processing of your application. Documents you need to submit with your application are ~ academics (class 10, class 12, bachelors [yearwise, provisional, consolidated and sometimes the backlog certificate too], passport 1st and last page, IELTS / PTE score card, conclusive evidence of work experience or internship (if any), updated resume, SOP (statement of purpose) if asked for and the application form of the university to be filled and before signing the refund policy has to be read in detail
  2. Proof of funds & annual income of family: Once the student is in receipt of offer letter (conditional or unconditional) from the university you have to get the financials organised for the university to approve your GS (Genuine Student) recruitment to proceed with fee payment and post that visa launch with the Australian High Commission. As per the Australia High Commission a student has to show funds to meet one year tuition fee + one year living expenses + miscellaneous (visa fee, health insurance and flight tickets to and fro). A sample calculation for your easy reference. Tuition fee is AUD 33,000 per annum + Living expenses per annum (as per the Govt of Australia) is AUD$24,505) + Miscellaneous is AUD 3000 = AUD 61,000 approx x INR 55 = Rs 35,00,000 funds for the purpose of visa. Australian High Commission accepts the following funds for the assessment of a student visa application
    • An education loan from any nationalised bank or from the list of banks approved by the Australian High Commission for a student visa: click here
    • A personal loan issued for the purpose of education abroad
    • Savings account balance (consistently held in the account for the past 6 months) or if there is a fat deposit with source to justify the deposit
    • Fixed deposit which is 6 months old or if it a recent one, one has to justify the source of the deposit
    • Eligible sponsors ~ Parents, siblings, grandparents, paternal uncle & aunt and maternal uncle & aunt
    • Income proof of the family ~ this has to be conclusive no matter the income is from salary, business or agriculture. Salary income, submit the following ~ 2 or 3 years of ITR / Form 16, one year bank statement with salary credit, 6 months pay slips and PF statement if possible / business income ~ business registration proof, GST certificate, PAN card, current account of the business and ITR of the parent / Agriculture income ~ Agriculture passbook xerox, English translation of the same, income certificate from MeeSeva and ITR of the same and any bills of sale proceed of agriculture or commercial crop from the market yard
  1. GS (Genuine Student) : GS requirement is the new initiative from the Govt of Australia to assess the genuine intent of the student (academic intent / how well the student has conducted research about the institution and the program he wishes to study) and who is funding your study and what are the sources of funds available for paying tuition fee and living expenses for the duration of study in Australia. This will be mostly an interview from the university over telephone and could last up to max 10 minutes.
  2. eCOE (Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment) : eCOE is an admission confirmation from the university that a spot is reserved for the program the student had applied to and all a student has to do is to launch the visa and once approved board the flight to Australia to commence study. The moment financials are approved by the university the student has to transfer either one semester or one year tuition fee to the university to reserve his seat.
  3. SOP (Statement of Purpose) : This is the most decisive of all documents in the visa file. You have to establish your genuine intent to study in Australia by giving sufficient and convincing explanation as to how the chosen program and the institution aligns with your career aspirations or goals after graduation, It is precisely the cost-benefit equation in the sense since you are investing 2 years time and say for example Rs 40 lakhs to Rs 50 lakhs investment in Australian education, how this investment will benefit you in your career after graduating from the university in Australia.

We have been advising students for more than a decade now and our counsellors have decent experience in advising students about various programs holistically which fit into their qualification and experience in India and perfectly aligns with their career aspirations down the line in 2 to 3 years time. We have a competent team to take every case to its logical conclusion which is VISA SUCCESS. Talk to our counsellors for advice that fits into your academic needs and career aspirations to visa success.Infoline ~ Telangana 91054 91054 / Andhra Pradesh 76609 76609