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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 149 viSa ReQuiReMenTS tuition fees. Visa application forms in English, Portuguese or Spanish can be downloaded from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website (www.immi.gov.au/students/). If you need help completing your visa application, use the DIAC website or contact a registered education or migration agent in your country. If you are under 18 years, you must have parental permission to study in Australia. You must provide evidence of acceptable accommodation with a parent or legal guardian, a relative over 21 years of age nominated by your parent or legal guardian, or under a welfare arrangement approved by your education provider. For school students, this could mean a homestay arrangement or school boarding house. 4. Health insurance The Australian Government requires all international students to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before entering the country. This insurance covers certain costs if you get sick while studying in Australia. The cost of OSHC will vary depending on the length of your course but it generally ranges from around $100 for three months or $400 a year. You will need to provide your health details and those of any dependents included in your application. You may be required to undergo a health examination. 5. financial statement As part of your visa application, you will need to show that you have the finances to cover your airfares, tuition and general living costs while Above: All international students must have a valid visa from the Australian Depar tment of Immigration and Citizenship. uSeful weBSiTeS Department of immigration and citizenship – w ww.immi.gov.au/students commonwealth Register of courses and institutions for overseas Students (cRicoS) – w ww.cricos.deewr.gov.au english language testing – w ww.ielts.org Study in australia information – w ww.studyinaustralia.gov.au ‘When you apply online, you can also check the progress of your application.’ studying in Australia, representing at least $18,000 each year. If you are including dependents on your application, you must show that you can support their living costs during your stay. 6. certified copies of documents Student visas have five different assessment levels for different countries. Your country assessment level determines the amount of evidence you have to provide to support your claims for an Australian student visa. You may need to arrange for certified copies of documents such as your passport, academic transcripts from previous years, your birth certificate and financial accounts. Some documents may need to be translated into English by a professional translator. 7. lodging your application You must pay a visa application fee when you lodge your visa. Visas can be lodged at Australian Embassies, through an education agent or online through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Online applications are not available for all countries. When you apply online, you can also check the progress of your application. To find out more about applying for your student visa, see the websites listed. Your local education agent or travel agent can also provide assistance. Start your study journey now to an Australian education. ■ ‘Student visas are granted to international students studying full-time in a course offered by a registered institution.’
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