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Thursday, October 11th, 2018

How to Get from Eh to Oz: Student Visa Tips

How to Get from Eh to Oz: Student Visa Tips

Okay, folks! It’s time to talk about getting your Australian student visa!

Keep in mind that OzTREKK is not an official immigration agent of Australia, and so while we are happy to provide you with information and guidance about requirements in general, you will need to contact the Global Service Centre in Australia directly with any specific visa-related questions. Of course you’re welcome to run things by us first, but you will usually need to confirm details with the visa office.

Onward! Here are some important tips for you to consider before, during, and after you complete the application.

Australian Student Visa Application Tips

How to Get from Eh to Oz: Getting your student visa

Valid Passport
Have a valid Canadian passport before you apply for your visa. If you renew your passport after applying for your visa, your passport number will not match your visa details. It is best to apply for your student visa with the passport you will use to enter Australia.

Health Check
At the end of your online visa application session, you will be notified if you are required to have a health check. You are encouraged to complete your online visa application before you book a medical appointment with a panel doctor. If you are required to do a medical exam/health check, it must be done by one of the doctors in Canada who have been approved by the Australian High Commission. These doctors are referred to as “panel doctors.”

Learn more about arranging your health examination. (https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Heal/meeting-the-health-requirement/arranging-a-health-examination)

Learn more about approved Australian visa panel doctors across Canada. (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/contact/offices-locations/canada)

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)
This section simply asks you to indicate that you are entering Australia for genuine reasons and provides you with a section to write a statement and upload documents. As a student, you will want to cover things such as your choice of course, your choice of education provider, your choice to study in Australia, what benefit you believe your study will have for your future career plans and what ties you have to your home country. As well, you could include a copy of your offer letter or anything else you think might support your being a genuine student.

Financial Capacity Requirements
You need to have enough money that is genuinely available to you to pay for your course fees and travel and living costs for you and your accompanying family members (if applicable) while you are in Australia. You might need to provide evidence of your financial capacity with your visa application. If you need to provide evidence of financial capacity, you will be able to demonstrate this by providing one of the following:

  • Evidence of funds to cover travel to Australia and 12 months’ living, course and (for school-aged dependents) schooling costs for the student and accompanying family members
  • Evidence that you meet the annual income requirement
  • A letter of support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Department of Defence.

Response Times Vary
Application response times can vary. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times vary due to individual circumstances including

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents;
  • how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information;
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided; and
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements.

Declare All Family Members
Declare all family members on your application, even if they do not plan to travel with you to Australia. If you do not do this, your family members will not be eligible to join you in Australia on your student visa. If you did not declare a family member and they need to join you in Australia at a later date, you will need to apply for a new student visa including them and explain why they were not included on your application. An exception to this is if they became your family members after your student visa was granted and before a subsequent application is made.

OSHC Policy Number
Ensure you have OSHC policy number. If you purchased this through the university, your CoE should have this. If it’s not there, let your OzTREKK admissions officer know right away. If you have purchased your OSHC independently, the policy number will not be on the CoE, but you will want to have that available to you for the visa application. If you have a partner and/or a child coming with you, they need to be on your visa and your OSHC plan.

ImmiAccount
You can log in to your ImmiAccount (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa/immi) at any time to check the status of your visa application. Your student visa grant notification will be emailed you by the Australian government. It’s a good idea to save this email and print out a copy of the email and take it with you in your carry-on luggage to Australia.

Need more student visa tips? Check out Tips to prepare your Australian student visa application!

Coming up next on your predeparture journey… accommodation!  And don’t forget: if you need help at any time, please feel free to contact us at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Introducing your “How to Get from Eh to Oz!” predeparture guide

Getting ready to study in Australia is probably the most stressful for most students. But it doesn’t have to be!

By using a combination of past student surveys and our own expertise, we have come up with an informative guide to get you ready for your big move!

How to Get from Eh to Oz Prep Guide

How to Get from Eh to Oz! Prep Guide

This predeparture guide will involve a series of videos, emails, webinars, and blogs to keep you on track during the weeks leading up to your arrival in Australia.

The webinars will feature detailed info and specific guidance (like university-specific accommodation), so you can tune in and ask questions in a live setting. Bonus? Videos and webinars will be made available as a playlist, so you can refer to them at any time!

What will you learn about?

  • Student Visa – Review the student visa process and what you can expect.
  • Accommodation – The latest information on accommodation options in Australia. Learn exactly where OzTREKK students have stayed.
  • Money – Review cost of living in Australia, banking, loans, transferring money, etc.
  • Travel – Get you prepared to pack, fly, land, and more!

Our First From Eh to Oz Webinar
The “From Eh to Oz 101” webinar will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This webinar will cover everything you may encounter while getting ready to go to Australia. Get your questions answered!

Facebook Group
We have created a private Facebook group for OzTREKK students with CoEs and offers. Feel free to post questions—OzTREKK staff will be able to help. There might even be a contest or two!

Contact List
Connect with fellow students, classmates, and potential roommates! If you’re interested in connecting with others, add your name and info to this list!

Predeparture Meet & Greets
We hold super-amazing meet-ups in Toronto, Vancouver and Alberta (locations TBD) in early November that you must attend (okay, not mandatory, but it should be 😉). This is a great opportunity to meet future roommates, OzTREKK staff, and have any last-minute questions answered.

OzTREKK Boarding Pass
Your predeparture one-stop shop! The OzTREKK Boarding Pass is a great resource to get you ready to go to Australia. We encourage you to browse this site thoroughly. This is where you’ll find detailed predep info about student visas, accommodation, airport arrival, cost of living, travel options, and much more—including student reviews about where they live!

Check-in Survey
We’ll check in with you to gauge how you are feeling. If you are feeling prepared and ready, awesome! If you are feeling overwhelmed and confused, that’s okay too, and we will help you accordingly!

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So stay tuned… and don’t forget, we are always just an email or phone call away! Have questions? Give us a call at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Don’t miss the University of Sydney webinars

Are you planning to attend the University of Sydney for the semester 1, 2018 intake?

Don't miss the University of Sydney webinars

Learn more about the University of Sydney

Sydney Uni will be hosting a live webinar on December 13 to answer your questions about studying at Australia’s first university! For details, click on the links below. Be sure to check “Show in my time zone” when you are registering!

For advice on accepting your offer, accommodation, and student life, register for the university’s general information webinar:

This is your chance to get your questions answered!
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Would you like more information about studying at the University of Sydney? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Air Canada schedules year-round flights for Melbourne

Great news! Air Canada has upgraded its upcoming nonstop service between Vancouver and Melbourne from seasonal to year-round.

Air Canada schedules year-round flights for Melbourne

Air Canada has scheduled year-round flights for Melbourne

Seasonal flights to Melbourne from its Vancouver hub are scheduled four times a week during the peak summer holiday period between Dec. 1, 2017 and Feb. 4, 2018.

Air Canada will begin year-round flights on the route three times a week from June 1, 2018, with a morning departure from Melbourne and an overnight service out of Vancouver. The Star Alliance member airline already provides non-stop flights to Sydney and Brisbane.

While Qantas has operated seasonal flights between Sydney and Vancouver since January 2015, Air Canada is the only airline offering year-round nonstop flights from Australia to Canada.

Air Canada’s schedule for year-round Melbourne-Vancouver flights

  • AC38 Melbourne to Vancouver (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday), Departure at 09:40 – Arrival at 07:35.
  • AC37 Vancouver to Melbourne (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), Departure 22:45 – Arrival 07:55+2

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Get more predeparture tips! Contact us at info@oztrekk.com and find out more about studying in Australia!

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

If you’ve applied to a physiotherapy program in Australia through OzTREKK, then you’ve met Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh!

Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

Physio Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh

Krista’s prepared a blog for everyone getting ready to go to Australia with tips for your predeparture preparation. Take it away, Krista!

Whenever the weather starts to get colder here in Canada, something very special happens here in the OzTREKK office. Offers start to roll in, and we enter into Pre-Departure season. In other words, we start to help our students get ready to escape the cold and head to Australia.
While this is meant to be an exciting time, it can be very overwhelming for many, but OzTREKK wants you to know that we have you covered! Really and truly, there are no stupid questions in the predeparture phase and if you are thinking it, there is a really great chance that somebody else is thinking it, too! It’s sort of like turning to Google to answer your seemingly stupid question only to find that thousands of other people have wondered the very same thing (this does happen to you too, right?).

Whether you consider yourself a travelling expert or not, the majority of your anxiety likely comes from picking up your life, packing it in a suitcase and moving it across the world.

In light of this, I took the liberty of Googling some of the first things that would come to my mind in preparation for the long trek to Oz. I came across some really helpful tips and blogs that I think you will benefit from!

  1. How To Pack Your Life Into a Carry-on
  2. Booking an Airbnb for the First-Time User
  3. How To Survive a Long Haul Flight
  4. How To Dress Like a Local in Australia
  5. How To Pack a Suitcase in 30 Minutes
  6. How to Prepare for your Arrival with Google Maps
  7. How to Say Goodbye and Move Across the World
  8. Brush up on Australian Slang (because it won’t sound like English)
  9. Check out the Lonely Planet Website
Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

Are you getting ready to study in Australia?

Once you have browsed through all of this, you will likely have additional questions that come to mind. Feel free to Google away, and if there is anything you are unsure about, please make sure that you check in with your OzTREKK Admissions Officer so that we can help you out!

Happy planning and packing!

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What are you predeparture questions? Send them our way: info@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355. We’ll get you ready to study in Australia!