How to Apply for an Australian Student Visa

April 7, 2022

Australia is the third most popular foreign student destination globally, with five of its cities ranking among the most acceptable student cities globally. Australia's top university facilities are very remarkable. There are several reasons why Australia is regarded as a location with world-class higher education. However, before you start your study trip to Australia, you should learn more about what you need to do to obtain your student visa before your arrival.

To study in Australia, you must first get an Australian student visa. You must be able to demonstrate to the Department of Home Affairs that you satisfy the primary Australian student visa conditions listed below:

  1. GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) is necessary.

  2. Funding requirements

  3. English language requirement

  4. Character and health needs

You will also need to fill out an Australian student visa application form, pay a visa application cost, and possibly attend an interview. Isn't that a lot to remember? Everything you need to know is right here.

What Exactly Is a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)?

The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement states that the visa applicant must prove a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily to study or accompany a student as a dependent (i.e. spouse or child) or as a guardian from November 2011. Decision-makers will consider the following elements in the Department of Home Affairs:

  1. Situations in your own country

  2. Potential circumstances in Australia for you

  3. The importance of your particular course to your future

  4. Your immigration background

You may be allowed to attend an interview at your nearest Australian embassy or consulate to establish if you fit the GTE criteria. Some applicants will only need to fill in a visa application form.

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1. Apply to an Australian School and Receive a CoE.

You must be enrolled in an Australian school before applying for a student visa to Australia. When you get an offer letter from a school, accept the offer in writing, and pay the tuition deposit, the school will issue you a CoE or Confirmation of Enrolment. This paper is required to commence your visa application. If you want to enroll in multiple programs, such as a preparatory language course followed by college studies, you will need one CoE.

2. Register With The Australian Immigration Authorities.

For Australian visas, you usually apply online. You must first create an account at before beginning your visa application. They will want your name, phone number, and e-mail address. Then you'll be prompted to establish a password and agree to their terms.

3. Ensure That You Have All Necessary Documentation in Digital Format.

You will need the following papers to apply for a student visa:

  1. Your CoE

  2.  An OSHC health insurance 

  3. A passport that is preferably valid for your stay in Australia, as it would be challenging to switch your passport there if you are studying on a student visa.

  4. Proof of temporary stay: You must verify on your application that you intend to stay in Australia just temporarily. You can substantiate your claim by providing evidence of work, a letter from your native country's school, or equivalent papers.

Additional documentation will be required depending on where you apply and study. You may need the following documents:

  1. Other identification documents, such as a birth certificate

  2. A bank statement, for example, can serve as proof that you can afford to pay for your courses.

  3. Certified grade reports and IELTS test results prove that you know how to pass your planned education. Check out IELTS requirement for Australia student visa.

  4. Evidence of prior employment, such as an employment contract, paychecks, etc. 

  5. Documentation of any criminal offenses for which you have been convicted.

  6. To get a more comprehensive list of documents, go to and use the Document Checklist Tool. You enter your country and school to obtain a complete list of required papers. You must also select your sponsor; select "None of the above" unless you are confident that you fall into one of the other categories.

If you apply online, you must upload all papers in digital format. So it is preferable if you have access to a scanner when completing the application or if you can scan everything ahead of time. A qualified translator should translate all papers into English. You can save your application and return to it later if necessary.

4. Submit Your Visa Application Online

You should apply for a subclass 500 student visa. You must apply 124 days before the start of your course (according to the date on your CoE). You should submit your application online. You may find more information at:

On the first page, you should enter your nationality and CoE code (s). You should also select your Education sectors, such as ELICOS for language courses or Higher Education for courses leading to a university degree. The form contains more information. You will be required to provide personal and family information, answer questions about your past education and employment experience and provide information about your health and criminal background. You may download and save the program.

5. Pay The Visa Cost and Obtain a TRN

After completing the application, you must pay the application cost, which is AUD 575. The simplest method is to pay using a credit card online. You may find more information on payment at

When you complete the application and payment, you will be given a receipt with a TRN number (Transaction Reference Number). Make a note of it and store it so you can monitor the progress of your application.

6. Potential Health Examination and Interview

Depending on where you plan to study and reside, you may also be required to undergo a health examination or a visa interview. If this applies to you, it will notify you when you finish the above-mentioned application. Don't do the health exam until you've finished the application since you'll need your TRN number and instructions for what to look on. 

7. Receive Your Visa Determination

The length of time it takes to receive a visa depends on where you apply and how busy the Australian immigration offices are. In our experience, after your application is complete, you should receive a decision within one or two weeks. Log in to the immigration website (using the account you made in step 2) to check the progress of your application and, if necessary, input your TNR number. Sign in at

When your visa decision is ready, the Australian authorities will usually tell you by email. Because your visa is electronic, you can print the grant letter that you get online after your visa is accepted.

8. Visit Australia

If you have secured your visa, you can enter Australia 90 days before the course start date written on your CoE. If you have not reserved accommodation via your school, you must notify them of your address in Australia within seven days of your arrival.

Generally, you have the right to stay in Australia for 30 days after your study concludes, or 60 days if your program lasts more than ten months. All of these dates should be recorded on your visa, and if they differ from what we describe here, you should always follow the directions on your visa.

9.  Work in Australia as an International Student

Most student visas enable you to work up to 20 hours per week (part-time) during semesters and full-time during holidays.

The Graduate workstream is valid for three years and necessitates a qualification from a specific range of fields. Depending on your recognized qualification level, the Post-Study Stream grants you full privileges for four years. The Working Holiday visa is available to students from selected countries between the ages of 18 and 30, and it is valid for a maximum of one year.


We hope this article helped you with how to apply for an Australian Student Visa and also hope that your knowledge has been increased about studying in Australia. For any more queries, you can consult Prasana International Education.

Please keep in mind that the Australian authorities may modify the visa application procedure without informing us. Different restrictions may apply to other nationalities. Therefore always carefully study the instructions provided by the immigration authorities. To the best of our knowledge, the information in the following article is correct, but we cannot be held liable for any errors that may arise without our knowledge. When in doubt, always trust official sources and consult them if necessary.