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Friday, May 12th, 2017

Australian student visa application processing times

Have passport, will travel. For study in Australia, this also means obtaining the right student visa.

Australian student visa application processing times

How long will it take to process your Australian student visa?

The Australian Government has announced that from March 2017, you can view current student visa application processing times via the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website. See the DIBP blog and follow DIBP on Facebook to keep updated on developments. Having all required information, documentation and evidence at the time of lodging your student visa application will help facilitate a quick assessment.

In order to apply for an Australian student visa, you should have a current passport that is not due to expire in the next six months. If you are renewing your passport, please apply for your student visa after your new passport is issued. Your passport number will change and it needs to match the passport number the Australian Government has on file for your student visa.

Please keep in mind that you cannot apply for an Australian student visa until four months (124 days) before your program’s start date. If possible, you are encouraged to apply for your student visa at least 10 weeks prior to your departure date.

It’s best to be prepared as far in advance as possible to avoid getting your visa at the last minute! Over the years, some OzTREKK students have had to cancel flights to Australia and rearrange their arrival plans because they didn’t apply early enough for their student visa or there were problems that arose with submitting documents for their visa process.

Students in Canada or the U.S. who have questions about Australian student visas can phone the Americas Service Centre at 613-238-1040. Office hours are Monday to Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Eastern time).
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Do you have questions about studying in Australia? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com for more information.

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Tips to prepare your Australian student visa application

Do you have a Confirmation of Enrolment? Applying for your student visa is the next step on your journey to study in Australia!

From July 1, 2016, all student visa applications must be made online. The Australian Government has some helpful info to assist you with preparing your visa application.

Tips to prepare your Australian student visa application

Get more pre-departure info on the OzTREKK Boarding Pass website

Tips to prepare your student visa application

Use the Document Checklist Tool on the website to see what types of documents you will need to provide with your application. Please note that once you have started your application you can save it at any time; you don’t have to complete your application in one sitting.

  • Make sure you have access to a scanner as you will need to provide certified copies of documents. There is information available to help you prepare your application.
  • You are encouraged to complete your health examinations before lodging your visa application using My Health Declarations. You will need a current passport and must know which visa subclass you are applying for (Student 500 or Student Guardian 590). If you complete your health examinations after you have lodged your application, you could delay the processing of your application.
  • Evidence of enrolment: If you are outside Australia, you must include your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) number in your visa application.
  • Make sure you know the details of your health insurance before you start your application—even if your provider has arranged this for you. You will need to enter the start and end date of your policy. Your policy must have started by the time you intend to arrive in Australia, generally at least a week before your course commencement date. If your policy starts on the same day as your course commences, you will be asked to obtain extra cover that starts when you intend to arrive in Australia. If you enter Australia without Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), you will be in breach of your visa conditions. Your OSHC should finish when you want to leave Australia. A visa won’t be granted for longer than your OSHC.
  • Prepare a brief statement about why you want to study in Australia, in English, at Genuine Temporary Entrant. There is a maximum limit of 2,000 words but the statement does not need to be this long. Consider
    • why you have chosen your course and provider;
    • if the qualification you gain will help you find employment or improve your salary outside of Australia;
    • your incentives to return home, including ties to your home country;
    • any gaps in study or work history.

You can also attach evidence to support your statement with your application, including evidence of employment or qualifications.

  • Before lodging your application, make sure all questions are complete and any relevant documents that are included in the checklist are attached. Incomplete applications may result in delays or visa refusal. If you need to provide additional documents after lodging your application, do this through ImmiAccount. Do not email or courier documents to the Department as this may delay processing of your application.

Tips to avoid common mistakes in the application form

  • Read the help text in the visa application form.
  • Only select “Yes” to the question “Is the applicant receiving partial or full funding under a training scheme approved by the Commonwealth Government of Australia” if you have been advised by your provider that you are sponsored by the Commonwealth.
  • Answer the questions about your citizenship and passport carefully to make sure correct information has been provided, otherwise your application could be delayed.
  • Remember to lodge your application as soon as you can. Complete applications are more likely to be processed quicker. Most OzTREKK students receive their student visas within a four weeks, usually sooner; however, some applications will take longer.

Please note that OzTREKK cannot answer specific questions regarding your student visa as we are not registered with the Australian Government as an official migration agent. You can find more information about applying for your student visa at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Info

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Do you have any questions before you leave for Australia? Contact us at info@oztrekk.com. We’re here to help!

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Australian post-study work visa

If you’ve been studying in Australia—or will be—you know that the time will come when you must come back home to Canada. The Australian Government recognizes the hard work students put into their studies, and offers a post-study work visa to eligible graduates so they may stay in Australia a little bit longer!

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Who wouldn’t want to stay here a little longer?

Wait—what? Stay in Australia longer? Yes, that’s right. If you’re studying in Australia, you may be eligible to apply for another visa in order to stay in Australia for up to 4 years, depending on the visa stream (see below). We’ve complied some of the basics about this post-study work visa to get you started! Be sure to visit the Australia Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for full details.

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) is for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution, and lets you live, study, and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies.

Requirements

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if you

  • are younger than 50 years of age;
  • hold an eligible visa;
  • have included in your application evidence that you have at least competent English;
  • meet the Australian study requirement in the last six months;
  • meet health and character requirements;
  • have health insurance in Australia;
  • meet the specific requirements of the stream in which you are applying for this visa.

Which visa stream?

This visa has two streams:

  • Graduate Work stream – for international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). A visa in this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant.
  • Post-Study Work stream – for international students who graduate with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study. This stream is only available to students who applied for, and were granted, their first student visa to Australia on or after Nov. 5, 2011. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to 4 years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant’s qualification.

What to expect when you apply

  • You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when you apply and when a decision on the application is made.
  • You and anyone else included in your application who have turned 18 at the time of application, must sign an Australian Values Statement.
  • You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application.
  • You must lodge your application online and upload all your documents directly to the online system.
  • Provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge when you apply.

You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to the nearest Australian Visa Office.

For full details about the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485), visit http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx.

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If you have any questions regarding this student visa, contact OzTREKK! Email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out more about Australian universities and about how you can study in Australia!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Macquarie University offers tips for the move to Australia

So you’ve made the big decision to leave your home country and study in Australia. You’re sure you’ll have time of your life, but there’s also a lot to organize and think about—especially if you’ve never travelled as far away as Australia!

Macquarie University

Study at Macquarie University (Photo credit Kate Boyd)

Here are a few tips from Macquarie University to help prepare you for your big move. While this is specific to Sydney, it can easily be adapted to any city or town you find yourself in!

Get organized
Get important details like health insurance, accommodation, airport pickup, and bank and phone accounts sorted out well before you leave, so you can spend your first days in Sydney exploring and settling in.

Explore your surroundings
All of us at OzTREKK can’t stress this one enough: You’ve decided to study in Australia, so what’s keeping you in the house? Get out there and have fun! Just go for walk one day and get your bearings, visit shops, grocery stores, pharmacies. Get to know your area. You’ll feel better prepared to start your university life once you’ve mapped out (and practiced) your bus/train/ferry route!

At 126 hectares, Macquarie’s main campus is very large and it may take a few weeks before you can walk around without feeling a bit lost. Take advantage of the campus tours offered during your orientation and don’t worry: it’s is a friendly place where people are always happy to point you in the right direction.

Get familiar with your student visa
While in Australia you need to make sure you abide by the rules and conditions of your student visa, including work permissions and keeping the government informed of any changes to your study or living arrangements. Once you have a permanent place to live, don’t forget to give the address to the university!

Get mentally prepared
Although Australia has a friendly and welcoming culture, adjusting to a new country can be still be a shock. The Australian style of university teaching—with its focus on student participation and group work—can also be unfamiliar for many international students.

Learn about your university’s support services in case you’ll need to use them—you’ll have access to free counselling and welfare advice, learning skills services.

In multicultural Sydney, you will always be able to find fellow Canadians on campus if you’re feeling homesick. Macquarie University’s cultural student groups can also make you feel at home, or give you a chance to learn about a different culture—which is probably one of the reasons you decided to pursue an international education. Make the most of your time in Australia and meet as many people as you can!

Don’t miss your orientation!
Held in the week before classes and compulsory for all new students, international student orientation and enrollment is a must if you want to get a good start at uni.

You should also get familiar with the university handbook so you can learn about your degree requirements and unit (subject) options. You can also view your class timetable options and course textbook lists online.

Make the most of O Week
Are you a loaner? We encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and spend a few hours exploring O Week. The first week of classes in Session 1 is O Week, which is all about helping you discover campus life and your opportunities at Macquarie. There are also plenty of freebies on offer at O Week, which can be very useful if you’re on a budget. You also  have the opportunity to meet new friends, and the chance to discover more about social groups and clubs.

Don’t forget to log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for more information about your transition to Australia!

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Would you like more information about Macquarie University and about other Australian universities? Find out how you can study in Australia—contact OzTREKK!

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Looking for accommodation in St Lucia?

It’s getting down to crunch time, OzTREKKers! And that means getting all your ducks in a row before you head off to study in Australia. One of those ducks is called “Accommodation.”

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Brisbane is beautiful!

Are you a future UQ Medical School student? For our OzTREKK students going to study at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, we’ve got great news! We’ve just posted an advertisement on our OzTREKK Boarding Pass site. If you’re looking for a place to stay in, make sure you check out the “Varia” tab!

Acquiring a place to live in Australia is often the most stress-inducing process for our OzTREKK students, but we’re here to help. Finding a great place to live at or near your Australian university campus can really enhance your experience as an international student. We always recommend that you do your research and plan well, and this will assist you in finding a great place. The Accommodation section on the OzTREKK Boarding Pass will help!

We ask our students to complete surveys about their experiences as international students in Australia in order to provide the best service to our students. Check out what other students say about your Australian university’s accommodation options, and you can learn from their tips!

In addition, we also provide a section for classifieds. Want to sell some items? List it here! Need to find temporary accommodation in a pinch? Check the OzTREKK Boarding Pass! Many OzTREKK students are looking to sublet their apartments during semester breaks. Even if you’re looking to find temporary accommodation, check the classifieds!

You’ll get inside accommodation information about the following Australian universities:

We hope you find the info useful, and don’t hesitate to contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer if you don’t find an answer to a question you may have!

Log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass now!

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Can’t remember your log-in info? Contact your Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to email it to you! Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about Australian universities! Email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Monday, September 30th, 2013

UQ Medical School students may now apply for their student visas!

It’s getting closer! In just a few short weeks, University of Queensland Medical School students will be heading to Australia to begin the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program at either Ipswich or Herston for the 2014 intake!

University of Queensland Medical School

UQ Medical School Orientation 2013

This past Saturday, September 28, 2013 marked the day you may apply for your Australian student visa online.

Please keep an eye out for Broghan’s emails for more information and detailed, step-by-step info regarding booking flights, accommodation, travel checklist, OzTREKK Welcome Lunch, OzTREKK Orientations, OzTREKK Shuttle, and UQMS support program.

Check out the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for more information about accepting your offer, money matters, health requirements/medical examinations for student visas, and so much more! If you’ve forgotten your name and password, please contact Broghan Dean at broghan@oztrekk.com; she will be happy to send it to you!

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Find out more about the UQ Medical School and other medical schools in Australia. Contact OzTREKK for the latest information about medical school at Australian universities. Email Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at broghan@oztrekk.com or call toll free 1 866-698-7355.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Looking for accommodation at your Australian university?

Are you getting ready to go to an Australian university? Have you checked the OzTREKK Boarding Pass Student Info Centre website lately?

Did you know that the OzTREKK Boarding Pass site allows you to check your application status? This handy site also provides detailed pre-departure information to help you obtain your student visa, research your accommodation options, book airport arrival reception, reserve a spot at an OzTREKK pre-departure seminar in Canada, and more!

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Visit the OzTREKK Boarding Pass student site!

Are you looking for accommodation? Acquiring a place to live is often the most stress-inducing process, but it doesn’t have to be. All of our OzTREKK students find a place to live—we haven’t lost one yet!

Finding a great place to live at or near your Australian university campus can really enhance your experience as an international student. Many students from Canada feel that finding accommodation in Australia will be a challenge. We always recommend that you do your research and plan well, and this will assist you in finding a great place. The Accommodation section on the OzTREKK Boarding Pass will help!

We ask our students to complete surveys about their experiences as international students in Australia in order to provide the best service to our students. What better way to get the 4-1-1 than from a student who’s already been through the process? Check out what other students say about your Australian university’s accommodation options, and you can learn from their tips!

In addition, we also provide a section for classifieds. Want to sell some items? List it here! Need to find temporary accommodation in a pinch? Check the OzTREKK Boarding Pass! Many OzTREKK students are looking to sublet their apartments during semester breaks. Even if you’re looking to find temporary accommodation, check the classifieds!

You’ll get inside accommodation information about the following Australian universities:

We hope you find the info useful, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you don’t find an answer to a question you may have!

Log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass now!

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Can’t remember your log-in info? Contact your Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to email it to you! Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about Australian universities! Email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

New visa changes – Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa

Changes will be made to the Temporary Skilled Graduate (subclass 485) visa, in early 2013. Please note, this visa will be renamed the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.

From early 2013, students from an Australian university may be eligible to apply for a subclass 485 visa through either the Graduate Work stream or the Post-Study Work stream, depending on their individual circumstances.

Graduates of an Australian university bachelor degree, master’s by coursework degree, master’s (extended) degree, master’s by research degree or doctoral degree will have access to the new post-study work arrangements, provided they meet the other eligibility requirements of this visa.

Graduates who have completed a bachelor degree, master’s by coursework degree or master’s (extended) degree at an Australian university in Australia will be eligible to apply for a two-year post-study work visa.

Graduates who have completed a master’s by research degree or a doctoral degree at an Australian university in Australia will be eligible to apply for a three- or four-year post-study work visa respectively.

To be eligible for the new arrangements, primary visa applicants must

  • be in Australia;
  • be under 50 years of age; and
  • have attained an eligible degree level qualification within six months of applying for the visa.

Graduates must also meet the Australian study requirement.  The Australian study requirement is defined as study in Australia in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) for a period of at least two academic years (92 weeks). The course itself must be conducted in English and must be completed in no less than 16 calendar months. English language, health, character and security requirements will also need to be met and evidence of adequate health insurance for the duration of the visa will need to be provided.

Information regarding the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa is available at www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/485/

DIAC have also created a detailed FAQ at www.immi.gov.au/students/_pdf/2011-post-study-work.pdf

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How OzTREKK Helps

If you are interested in studying in Australia and you submit your Australian University application to OzTREKK, you’ll get exclusive access to an overview of the student visa application process, including Australian government classification of students from Canada and panel doctor information for health examinations, from OzTREKK’s online Pre-departure and Admissions Centre.