Documents required for Australian Student Visa
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Documents required for Australian Student visa – Thinking of studying abroad? Probably a great idea, as it is one of the top destinations to study abroad with over 260,000 international students. However, to study in the country you must first secure admission at a recognised university and apply for the Australian student visa well in advance to avoid any delays.


Here, we bring you the documents required for Australian student visa and key information pertaining to it.

Before we discuss the documents required for Australian student visa, we bring to you the features of the student visa.


Type of student visa:


Student visa (subclass 500)

Australian student visa features: subclass 500

  • The subclass 500 Australian student visa allows you to stay in Australia to study full-time in a recognised education institution.​

  • Eligible family members can accompany you to Australia.

Duration of the Australian student visa: Subclass 500

This visa allows you to stay in Australia for the duration of your course. Here we bring you different duration of Australian student visa.


Duration of Australian student visa

Duration of programme

Duration of Visa

More than 10 months and finishing at the end of the Australian admission cycle between November and December

Australian student visa will usually be granted to March 15 of the following year.

More than 10 months (finishing January – October)​

Visa for Australian student will usually be granted for two months longer than the duration of course.

10 months or less

Australian student visa will usually be granted for one month longer than the duration of course.

Eligibility Criteria for Australian student visa:

To be eligible for the Australian student visa, you must have:

  • Been accepted for a full-time course at a recongnised university.

  • You must be enrolled in a course of study that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and courses for Overseas for Overseas Students (CRICOS)

  • If you are applying from outside Australia, you must include a Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) for each course you want to pursue along with your visa application. An offer letter from your education provider will not be accepted.

Please note- You do not need to provide a Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) if you are:

  1. Sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – provide a letter of support

  2. Sponsored by the Australian Department of Defence – provide a letter of support

  3. A secondary exchange student – provide an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Student (AASES) form.

  4. A PG research student required to remain in Australia for marking of your thesis – provide a letter from your education provider.

Documents required for Australian student visa: Check the list of documents required to apply for Australian visa:

1. Identity- You have to provide a proof of your identity, the best way to do so would be to attach a copy of your passport. Also include an attested copy of your birth certificate, national identity card or drivers licence. 


2. Evidence of intended study- You must provide evidence of the program you are going to take up in New Zealand. 


3. Health insurance- It is one of the most important documents required to complete your student visa application. You have to display you have adequate health insurance. Health insurance must be Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). You must get your hands on OSHC for yourself and any one accompanying you  from at least one week before your program commences  and for the duration of your stay in Australia.


You must include the name of your health insurance provider and mention the dates your policy starts and finishes. You do not need to include the policy number in your application.


4. Evidence of financial capacity- To show the immigration department- you are financially stable enough to study and reside in Australia, you can demonstrate this by providing one of the following:

  • Evidence of funds to cover travel to Australia and 12 months’ living, course and tuition fee costs for youself and accompanying family members.

  • A letter of support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Department of Defence.

Evidence of funds can include money deposits, financial institution or government loans, scholarships or sponsorships.

5. Health: To apply for Australian student visa, you have to declare you are physically fit and do not have any serious illness. To be eligible for the visa process, you must meet the health requirements.


You might have to undergo health examinations as part of the visa application process. The health assessment process can take several weeks to complete. To help avoid delays, you can choose to undertake your health examination prior to starting your visa application.


6. Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement:

GTE- a requirement where you have to show evidence that you intend to study in Australia temporarily and that you will return once your course gets over. Along with documents required for Australia student visa, you have to include a statement stating your intention to support your documents. The statement must be written by you even if you are using an agent for the visa purpose.


You can include evidence such as:

a)  Proof of employment – you can include your recent job details and share your payslips to autheticate your visa application. You can also attach your most recent curriculum vitae or résumé. 

b)   Qualifications- a certified copy of your academic transcripts, Educational Certificate (Degree, Diploma etc.) or letter/statement from your overseas Education Institution.

c)   Australian qualifications - a certified copy of your academic transcripts, Educational Certificate (Degree, Diploma etc.) or letter/statement from your Australian Education Institution.

7. Proof of change of name- If anyone in the application has changed his or her name, certified copies of documents verifying the name change. Thus, you have to provide evidence of change of name. This might include a marriage or poll certificate or a certified copy of evidence of the name change.


8. English proficiency- It is one of the most important part of your Australian student visa process. If your native language is not English, you have to take the English proficiency tests like IELTS or TOEFL to prove you can speak and understand English.


What to do after you have applied?

The first step to apply for Australian student visa is to create an ImmiAccount with the Australian government. After you have applied, any additional documentation you need to submit should be uploaded into ImmiAccount. If you provide your documents through any other channel, it will result in processing delays.


You can be in or outside Australia when a decision is made on your application.

If you apply for this visa from outside Australia, it is recommended not to make any arrangements to travel to Australia or quit your job until you have received notification from the government, in writing, that you have been granted  the student visa.


Track and manage your application

A Transaction Reference Number (TRN) is a unique number assigned to each online application. Make sure you keep it safe as you will need this to:

  1. track and manage your application

  2. identify your application when you communicate with us

  3. check your visa entitlements.

After you apply, the immigration department might ask you to:

1. attend an interview

2. provide additional information

3. provide bio-metric information

4. provide police certificates.


Most applications will take about four weeks to process. The exact time your application will take depends on:

  • whether you have provided all supporting and correct documents with your application

  • whether the immigration department needs additional information from you 

  • whether you need to go for any health check-up or provide bio-metric information.

Visa Decision

If the Australian student visa is granted, the department will let you know your visa number and conditions attached to the visa if any. Unfortunately, if you are not granted the visa, they will let you know the reason and inform you of your review rights and when you can apply for a review.


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