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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
>AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 105 UNDER 18 YEARS If you are under 18 years, you need 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. FAMILY MATTERS Your spouse or children may apply for a student visa to live with you in Australia as your family unit members. They can apply at the same time as you, or after you have arrived in Australia. Periods of stay granted to members of your family unit will generally be the same as your period of stay. >USEFUL WEBSITES Department of Immigration and Citizenship – www.immi.gov.au/students How to apply for a student visa – www.immi.gov.au/allforms/ pdf/applying-student.pdf Commonwealth Register of Courses and Institutions for Overseas Students (CRICOS) – www.cricos.deewr.gov.au English language testing – www.ielts.org Study in Australia information – www.studyinaustralia.gov.au 3. VISA APPLICATION International students must have a valid student visa to study in Australia. You should check with the Australian Embassy in your country to see if you are eligible to apply for a student visa before obtaining official confirmation of your enrolment and paying 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 this website or contact a registered education or migration agent in your country. 4. STUDENT 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 $110 for three months or $430 a year. 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 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 The application requires supporting evidence. You will 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. LODGE 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. When you study on a visa, you get access to Australia’s subsidised student health cover and you can apply for permission to work part-time. 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. ●
Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia The Education Destination 2013