Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for an Australian Student Visa with SMi Consultant

Applying for an Australian student visa can be complex, but SMi Consultant is here to simplify the process for you. Follow our expert guide to ensure your application is successful and timely.

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Step 1: Obtain an Acceptance Letter

The first step in applying for an Australian student visa is securing an acceptance from a recognized Australian educational institution. SMi Consultant can help you:

Choose the Right Course and Institution: We assist you in selecting a program that aligns with your career goals.

Submit Applications: We handle the application process to ensure all requirements are met.

Pass the University’s GTE Requirement: Universities in Australia have mandated to conduct an GTE assessment from Assessment Level 3 Countries prior to the GS or GST by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), during the visa process.

Receive Acceptance: Once accepted, the institution will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), which is crucial for your visa application.

Requirements for Australia Student Visa

Following are the requirements for international students who are looking to study in Australia.

  • Passport Notarized colored copy (Bio Data, signature Page, previous Visas & Refusal Stamp pages)
  • CNIC Notarized colored copy & True translation (on A4 size paper)
  • Photograph (White background Soft Image – passport size)
  • Family Registration Certificate (FRC) Notarized colored Copy
  • Parents CNIC notarized colored copy & True Translation (on A4 size paper)
  • Academic transcripts and certificates notarized colored copies
  • IELTS notarized colored copy
  • Resume signed by the student with date
  • COE and Insurance Proof, signed by the student with date
  • Experience letters/ Job contract & pay slips notarized colored copy
  • Refusal Letter (of any country ‐ If any)
  • Marriage Certificate / Nikkah Nama & True translation (If married) Notarize
  • Police clearance certificate notarized
  • Birth Certificate issued by NADRA (Notarized)
  • Signed 956a Form
  • CNIC Sponsor notarized colored copy & True translation (on A4 size paper)
  • Bank Statement notarized
  • Bank Account Maintenance letter (with closing balance on it) notarized
  • Affidavit of financial support (from sponsor) on stamp paper notarized
  • Job letter notarized
  • Last 6 month’s salary slips notarized
  • If Retired (Retirement Proof/ Pension documents) notarized
  • Bank statement that can verify salary disbursement
  • Business Profile on Company’s letterhead notarized
  • Business/ visiting cards notarized
  • Reference letters from business concerns notarized
  • Trade union membership
  • NTN (Tax returns)
  • Property Documents & Evaluation, Rental Agreements, Agriculture income proof, original inteqal/registry/transfer letter and translation of these duly notarized
  • Polio vaccination certificate (not older than 6 months) and Covid vaccination card notarized

Step 2: Create an Immi Account

Next, create an account on the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website to start your visa application process. SMi Consultant will assist you with:

Setting Up Your Account:

Guidance on creating and navigating your ImmiAccount.

Visa Application Form:

We help you fill out the appropriate visa application form (subclass 500 for students).

Step 3: Gather Required Documents

With SMi Consultant’s expertise, collect all necessary documents as per your application checklist. These typically include:

Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE): 

Student must get Confirmation of Enrolment from their educational institution.

Valid Passport:

Ensure that you provide a valid passport which is up-to-date and valid for the duration of your stay.

Financial Proof:

Evidence of your ability to support yourself financially during your stay in Australia. This includes:

  • Bank statements
  • Bank draft in convertible currency
  • Letter from your funding institution or sponsor
  • Proof of scholarship or student loan documentation

Additional documents may include:

  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC): Proof of health insurance for the duration of your stay.
  • Biometrics: Fingerprints and a photograph.
  • Medical Exam Results: Proof of good health.
  • Police Certificate: Proof of a clean legal record.
  • IELTS or Other English Test Scores: Proof of language proficiency. if you haven’t completed your IELTS Test and you are looking to take the IELTS test, check out premier english House and start your IELTS preparation today.

Step 4: Apply Online

Submit your application online through your ImmiAccount with SMi Consultant’s support:

Log In to ImmiAccount:
We assist you in logging into your account and completing the application form.

Upload Documents:
Guidance on attaching all required documents to your application.

Complete the Application Form: We help you accurately fill out all necessary details.

Step 5: Pay the Fees

Pay the required fees for your application with SMi Consultant’s assistance, Student Visa Application Fee: AUD $710 (as of 2024, subject to change).

Step 6: Attend an Interview (If Required)

Some applicants may be required to attend an interview at their local visa office. SMi Consultant will prepare you by:

  • Document Preparation: Ensuring all relevant documents are ready.
  • Interview Coaching: Providing tips and practice questions to help you succeed.

Step 7: Wait for Approval

After submitting your application, wait for the Department of Home Affairs to process it. The processing time can vary, but it typically takes between four weeks to three months. SMi Consultant will keep you updated on the status of your application and notify you once it is approved.

Step 8: Receive Your Visa Grant Notification

Once your application is approved, you will receive a visa grant notification. This document includes your visa grant number, the conditions of your visa, and the period of validity. SMi Consultant will guide you through understanding these conditions.

Understanding the Cost of an Australian Student Visa

The cost of obtaining a student visa for Australia involves several components. The primary expense is the student visa application fee, which is currently AUD $630. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid when submitting your application. Additionally, you may need to cover costs for biometrics (if required), which can vary depending on your location. Other potential expenses include obtaining a police certificate, undergoing a medical examination, and securing Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). SMi Consultant provides detailed guidance on all these costs to ensure you are well-prepared financially.

FAQs About the Australian Student Visa

Can I Apply In Person or By Mail?

You can apply in person or by mail, but online applications are faster and provide immediate feedback. Start your process with SMi Consultant right now.

How Long Does the Process Take?

The entire process can take between four weeks to three months. It’s recommended to apply as early as possible to avoid delays. SMi Consultant will help you manage your timeline effectively.

How Can I Track My Application?

After applying, the Department of Home Affairs will send you an acknowledgment email with your application number. Use this number to track your application online. SMi Consultant will monitor your application status and keep you informed.

Can I Change My Application Once It’s Submitted?

If you need to update your information, log into your ImmiAccount and follow the prompts to make the necessary changes. SMi Consultant can guide you through this process.

What is the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)?

The SSVF aims to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate. Under this framework, students can apply for a single student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their course of study. SMi Consultant will help you determine your eligibility and assist with the application.

By partnering with SMi Consultant, you can ensure a smooth and successful application process for your Australian student visa, allowing you to focus on your upcoming educational journey in Australia. Contact us today to get started!

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