Student Visa

Study In Australia

Application Process

  • Step 1: Deciding on your preferred course and institution
  • Step 2: Submitting application to the institution
  • Step 3: Receiving and accepting a letter of offer
  • Step 4: Paying the payment for the enrolment fee and course fee
  • Step 5: Receiving CoE
  • Step 6: Applying student visa

Please note,

An Education agent agent can help a student to complete step 1 to step 5 with little charge. This is because an education agent normally has agreement with the institution and the institution pays the education agent 10%-30% of course fee (commission fee)  for student recruitment.
The commission fee varies depends on schools. Generally speaking, universities such as Australian National University has less commission fee offering to the education agent.
Once step 5 is completed, and CoE is issued, the application is then forwarded to a Migration Agent to lodge the student visa.
Australia Express have been lodging students visas and helping students to find the right course and institutions.

Checklist For Applying A Student Visa

  1. Passport
  2. Bank statements shows available fund
  3. Academic records including certificate, transcript and completion letter
  4. English result – IELTs 5.5  on each band or equivalent
  5. Overseas Student Health Cover Insurance

Documentary Evidence List


Evidence of your enrolment must be provided to make a valid application.

  • If applying outside Australia this must be a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for all intended courses.
  • If applying in Australia this can be a letter of offer or CoE for all intended courses but a CoE must be provided before the visa can be granted.


You do not need to supply a Confirmation of Enrolment if you are:

  • sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – provide a letter of support
  • sponsored by the Australian Department of Defence – provide a letter of support
  • a secondary exchange student – provide an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Student (AASES) form
  • a postgraduate research student required to remain in Australia for marking of your thesis – provide a letter from your education provider.

Health insurance

Evidence of adequate health insurance. Your education provider could arrange this. Health insurance can only be met by Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
You might only need to provide details in your application or you might be asked for evidence of your policy.
Note: If you are from Norway, Sweden or Belgium, you might not have to obtain OSHC.

Genuine temporary entrant requirement

Evidence to show that you meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement for a student visa. This can include a statement that you intend to genuinely stay in Australia temporarily.
The Department will consider your circumstances, your immigration history, if you are a minor and the intentions of a parent, legal guardian or spouse, and any other relevant matter.


Evidence of your identity. This might include a certified copy of your passport, Birth Certificate or Driver’s Licence.

Change of name

If anyone in the application has changed his or her name, certified copies of documents verifying the name change. This might include a marriage or deed poll certificate or a certified copy of evidence of the name change.

Relationship – spouse, de facto partner

Evidence of your relationship with your spouse/de facto partner. This could include a certified copy of your marriage certificate, Family Book, Household Booklet or other evidence of family composition.

Employment history

Evidence of current or most recent employment which might include payslips or a contract. You can also attach your most recent curriculum vitae or résumé.
Your curriculum vitae or résumé should include full employment and educational history, including dates and positions held for at least the last five years.

Ministerial section 499 - 6 factors that must be taken into account:

  1. the applicant’s circumstances in their home country:
    A perfect GTE should describe that the applicant has reasonable reasons for not undertaking the study. The submission needs to cover that the student has been undertaking a series of studies and is aware of the current course. Evidence should include the applicant’s past academic records such as certificates and transcripts.
  • the extent of the applicant’s personal ties to their home country (for example family, community and employment) and whether those circumstances would serve as a significant incentive to return to their home country

A perfect GTE should include significant family ties in their home country, and should indicates that their closed family member such as parents, sisters and brothers are currently in their home country, and the applicant has a strong willingness to return to their home country.

  • Economic circumstances of the applicant that would present as a significant incentive for the applicant not to return to their home country. These circumstances may include consideration of the applicant’s circumstances relative to the home country and to Australia;
  • Political and civil unrest in the applicant’s home country. This includes situations of a nature that may induce the applicant to apply for a Student visa or Student Guardian visa as means of obtaining entry to Australia for the purpose of remaining indefinitely.This sometimes can be difficult if the applicant is coming from high-risk country. GTE should provide a genuine statement that the student’s home place is a save area despite of news reports.
  1. The applicant’s potential circumstances in Australia
  2. The value of the course to the applicant’s future
  3. The applicant’s immigration history
  4. If the applicant is a minor – the intentions of a parent, legal guardian or spouse/de facto partner of the applicant
  5. Other relevant matters