Australian Student visas are normally issued as multiple entry permits allowing holders to travel to and from Australia as many times as they choose, within the validity of the visa. The validity is normally based upon the duration of the course. Study visas also make provision for spouse immigration and a candidate’s spouse and unmarried dependent children aged under 18 years may accompany the main applicant to Australia for the same length of time. Types of Australian Student Visa In Australia, visas for study are divided into several sub classes based on their specific purpose and the types of study they cover.
Living in Australia
When it comes to accommodation in Australia, there are following four options to choose from:
Short term accommodation:
This is a helpful option when you first arrive to study in Australia and need time to settle there. You can look for hostels or hotels offering discounted price. Alternatively, you can go for temporary housing offered through your institution while you get settled after getting study visa for Australia.
Secondly, you can rent or lease an apartment of property that you can share with your friends. Sharing with friends make it a cost-effective and luxurious option for accommodation. You will need to talk to real estate agent and get a bond signed that held to repair any damage to the property while renting. Partial or full amount may be refunded to you once your tenancy agreement has terminated.
Most of the universities, colleges and institutes offer fully-furnished and on campus apartments to the students including meals and cleaning. This is the best option to minimize travelling time and cost. For this, you have to contact institute’s staff directly.
This is another best option for younger students who want to enjoy full house amenities. Here, students have to stay with an Australian families offering home stay accommodation. A whole screening is conducted to check whether or not the house environment is perfect for students.
Australia offers a fantastic and diverse range of food for the students who want to study in Australia. A variety of fruits and vegetables are available in Australian produce markets. As a result, students face no difficulty in finding the foods they used to fancy at home as the market caters to a varied population.
Australia uses a dollars and cents system of decimal currency, with 100 cents making a dollar. The bank notes in use are A$5, A$10, A$20, A$50 and A$100. The Coins used are the silver-colored 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent and 50 cent and the gold-colored A$1 and A$2 coins.
Students who want to study in Australia may benefits by less expensive and easy transport system. Australia has a comprehensive public transport system which comprises of trains, buses, tramways, ferries, two major national airlines and a large number of regional airlines. To go with it, and there is an extensive network of metered taxicabs running round-the-clock in major cities and towns. All transport terminals, main hotels and shopping malls have taxi stands; or else, you can hail one in the streets.
Everyone should know all these information before applying for a study visa for Australia
Applying for an ETA Visitor Visa
As outlined above, an ETA visa is an electronic visa which does not involve a physical stamp in the holder’s passport. ETA visas must be applied for outside Australia and an applicant must be in possession of a passport from one of the participating countries. Although a wide range of countries are included in the Australian ETA visa scheme, not all foreign passports are eligible. Your Bestway Overseas Solutions consultant will be able to discuss the requirements for your country of residence with you. Australian ETA Business Visa Like the short stay visit visa for Australia, Australian business visas for short term visits are granted for a 12 month period with the freedom to remain in Australia for up to three months. This visa service is based upon the same conditions as the tourist visa and is designed for those who wish to visit Australia in order to engage in a variety of business activities. Short stay business visas are ideal for those entering the country to attend a conference or meeting, engage in negotiations or to perform ‘fact finding’ visits to the country to source potential clients or suppliers. However, as a strictly temporary visa for Australia this class places heavy restrictions upon a holder’s right to engage in any form of employment whilst in the country. A candidate may only work in Australia for a very limited period and must only conduct work which could not be performed by an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
Australia offers a range of short term temporary visa services for those who wish to visit the country for the purposes of tourism or to conduct business. For shorter terms visits, Immigration Australia offers the Electronic Travel Authority ETA visa which removes the need for application forms and visa stamps and provides a more streamlined route to visiting Australia. For longer term visits the long stay tourist visa and long stay business visa are also available.
ETA Long-Validity Business Visa
The long stay business visas works on the same principles as the short stay business visa, however it is issued as a multiple entry permit which allows a candidate to stay in Australia for up to three months per visit for the validity of their passport. Australian Long-Stay Tourist Visa For those wishing to visit Australia whose country of residence is not supported by the ETA visa and/or those who wish to visit the country for more than three months at a time, the Australian long stay tourist visa permits a maximum stay of 12 months.
In most cases, applicants will need to pass the citizenship test which focuses upon an applicant’s understanding of Australian society, values and history. The test aims to establish the ability of a candidate to fully integrate into Australian society and to participate as a citizen. In some circumstances the test is not necessary. People under the age of 18 or over the age of 60 do not have to undergo the citizenship test. People who have a substantial loss of hearing, speech or sight and those who have a physical or mental disability which prevents them from taking the test are also exempt. However, in all circumstances, applicants must have a basic knowledge of the English language, have a satisfactory knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges of being an Australian citizen and intend to live in Australia, or to maintain a close connection with the country. Applicants must also be deemed to be of good character and to be in good health according to the Australian health and character requirements.
You can read these brief descriptions about some of the institutions before you select from the options available.
University of Western Sydney (UWS) Sydney, NSW
With over 32,000 students, the University of Western Sydney (UWS) is one of the largest of the universities Australia has to offer. Over 2,800 international students from 70 different countries choose to study at UWS each year. UWS is a young, energetic and rapidly growing university with six campuses located in the Sydney region
Southern Cross University Lismore
Tweed Heads/Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour, Queensland Southern Cross University is an internationally-recognised Australian government university. It has a reputation for academic excellence, and has won many prestigious international and Australian awards and grants. The quality programs offered by the University have high academic standards.
Griffith University, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Queensland
Griffith University is one of Australia’s leading universities has over 2,500 teaching staff, 27,000 students including 4,000 students from over 80 nations. Griffith has become an popular choice for students deciding that they want to study at one of the universities in Australia. Learning never got more enjoyable or rewarding than this.
The University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba, Queensland
USQ has been recognised as a world leader in the fields of and tertiary study initiatives. USQ is a dynamic, flexible and innovative University whose staff and students pride themselves on being responsive to the technologically aware global market place.
Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne, Victoria
Established in 1908, Swinburne has a strong reputation in Australia and overseas as a provider of career oriented education. Swinburne is a small, innovative university, which is rapidly forming a distinctive character including the study of accounting, business, commerce, computing, law ,management, marketing, nursing, tourisma character which reflects purpose, achievement and the genuine quality of its educational outcomes.
University of Tasmania Hobart – Launceston – Burnie, Tasmania
The University of Tasmania is the fourth oldest University in Australia. It is highly regarded internationally as a teching and research institution. The University of Tasmania offers a pleasant, enjoyable environment for study at all levels of higher education.
Monash University Melbourne, Victoria
Monash University is one of the top Australian universities and is leading the way with its international focus, ground-breaking research and academic excellence. Since its first student intake in 1961, Monash has grown into a diverse, multicultural and energetic institution with six campuses around the state and has an excellent international reputation that attracts many students.
The University of Notre Dame, Australia Perth, Western Australia
Inspired by one of the greatest Catholic universities in the world, the University of Notre Dame in the United States, Notre Dame Australia brings to Australian education the vibrant traditions of a Catholic university together with the rich history.