Documents Needed to Start Your Student Visa Application for Australia

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Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Apr 13, 2020 13:36 IST

So you are all set for Australia. Getting into the college of choice is only the first step. What lies beyond the extensive application process is the equally important - the visa application for Australia. So, once you have selected which type of student visa applies to your intended study in Australia, there are a few basic documents you must have before you start the Visa Application Process. Since the process is online for Indian Students, it is important to have all the documents ready. Here’s what all:

1. Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)

Confirmation of Enrolment is a certificate issued by the University/ Institute you would have applied to. The certificate essentially marks out that you are a registered student for the course. It is also the certificate that validates that the course you are applying for is approved and is registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses (CRICOS). This is mandatory for getting a Visa.

Also, in case you are intending to take up an English Language Course or a bridging course or any foundation course as a precursor to your main degree program, you need to provide an independent CoE for each of the courses you are intending to take.

2. Valid Passport

At the time of application, you must have a valid passport with at least 6 months of validity at the time. For example, say you are applying for a Visa on July 1, 2015. At the moment of your application, you must have a visa that is valid till at least about January 1, 2016. Also, you would need a valid passport during the time of your stay. In that instance, you can apply for a new passport after making your application for Visa and intimate the embassy when you receive new passport as well as update your account with the new passport number and details.

3. English Language Proficiency

Australian Visa mandatorily requires English Language Proficiency Certificates by Indian Students. Irrespective of the requirement of the course you are applying for, you would need to provide proof of English language proficiency at the time of filling the Visa Application Form.

The Australian Immigration Department accepts 5 English Language Proficiency Tests, namely

Note: Irrespective of which of the first four examination score you provide, you must not have written these exams earlier than 3 years at the time of the visa application. In case of CAE, the exam undertaken after 1 January 2015 and prior to visa application is accepted.

4. Health Checkup and Insurance

In order to receive a student visa for Australia, you need to provide proof that you are in good health. You can do so by providing a certificate of good health. The health checkup and certificate can only be provided by the empanelled doctors. You can make an appointment with the one closest to you for the same. Here’s a link for the Empanelled Doctors for India. You would be provided with a HAP id which you would need to provide at the time of filling the form.

At times, you can also apply for a health checkup after starting the visa application. However, this would be a required for processing your visa. Getting it beforehand would ensure quicker processing.

Apart from a health checkup, you would also need a Health Insurance or an OSHC (Overseas Students Health Cover). At the time of visa application, you should have an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your visa. Depending on the duration of your health cover, your visa tenure would be settled so make sure that it covers the duration of your course. The average cost of OSHC is AUS$437 for 12 months for a single student.

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5. Proof of Funds

Like many other counties, you would be needed to show proof that you have enough funds to cater to your education and living expenses while you are in Australia. You would be required to provide documents that declare that you have sufficient funds to cover the duration of your stay in Australia. Essentially, the funds should cover:

  • Travel costs to and from Australia
  • Living costs
  • Tuition costs

This is necessary and in case you are applying for a student loan to cover your expenses, you would need the letter from the bank to validate your financial capacity.

6. Penal Clearance

Penal Clearance or police clearance is also required by students planning to go and study in Australia. In order to validate your character and that you do not have any criminal record, you would need to provide a document, duly signed and attested by the regional passport office. For more information and address you can refer to this link.

7. Certified Copies of Academic Transcripts and Passport

You would also need true copies of all your academic documents and transcripts.

8. 4 Passport Size Photographs

You would be required to submit 4 passport sized photographs. When submitting the same, you should ensure that

  • These photographs are of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
  • Your name is printed at the back of each photograph.

9. Credit/ Debit Card

Last but not the least, you would need access to a debit or a credit card to make an online visa fee payment. At present the visa fee for Student Visa (573) is AUD 535. This, however is subject to change and students are advised to check the official website before they start the application process.

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Shalu Sidhu

12/02/22

mam i did btech in 2012 and till now I am working. I want to go for masters program in Australia?
what is visa success chance?
Also My work experience docs mention the date of joining and relieving but not the duties.
Is it fine for student visa?

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Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

14/02/22

You can apply for a student visa only after getting an admission letter from a university. Visa chances depend on a lot of factors. For more information, read: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/australia-student-visa-guide-applycontent5773

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Salem Ali

16/01/21

Hi Ms. Srishti
I have received admission offer from the University of Melbourne. They have already provided me health insurance and confirmation of enrollment (CoE). University didn't ask for IELTS as I provided them letters from my UG & PG colleges saying that language of instruction was English.

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Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

18/01/21

Hi Salem, as mentioned in the article. For Indian students, it is compulsory to submit English proficiency scores irrespective of the fact that you have an admit letter with IELTS score. The minimum score requirement is also mentioned in the article. Please go through it once again. Not meeting t...Hi Salem, as mentioned in the article. For Indian students, it is compulsory to submit English proficiency scores irrespective of the fact that you have an admit letter with IELTS score. The minimum score requirement is also mentioned in the article. Please go through it once again. Not meeting the minimum requirements will affect your visa chances. Thanks!

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Salem Ali

16/01/21

2. In the worst scenario, If I get 5.5 in one module and the overall score is 6. Is that will effect my visa?
Can anyone please help me, what should I do?
Thanks in advance

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Sunil Kumar

08/12/20

mam i recently complete my graduation with commerce stream in punjabi university patiala can i apply to master in austrelia with 5.5 band

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Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

9/12/20

Hi Sunil, top Australian universities require at least 6.5 or above apart from subject-specific requirements.

Hlo i want to know about that which nationality document is required for applying in Australia any University . Is pan card is enough because i have some problem with my adhaar card?

Reply to Parminder kaur Parminder kaur

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Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

18/11/20

Hi Parminder, it is better to use adhaar for all purposes. You may get your aadhaar details checked and updated and then use it.

Mam i have done B.com as correspondence graduation from punjab university, with it can i apply for masters in australia?

Reply to keshav arora

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Srishti ChatterjeeStudy Abroad Expert

20/08/20

Hi Keshav, a correspondence degree from any UGC recognized university is accepted internationally. If your university is UGC recognized, you can apply for master's courses. Thanks!

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