Whether you’ve always dreamed of embarking on an adventure down under or your working holiday visa is coming to an end, there are a number of reasons why people from around the world choose to study in Australia.
But there’s no denying that the application process can prove tricky with the need to provide proof of identity, academic documents and a Genuine Temporary Entrant letter (GTE).
Thankfully, Study Online Australia is on hand to help.
Below, we’ve rounded up 10 common mistakes people make when applying for a student visa from not choosing the right course to submitting their application too soon (yes, really).
Enrolling in a course last minute
It’s essential that you don’t miss your course intake date so make sure to submit your application form well in advance. A number of the courses we recommend to students sell out months before intake closes so bear this in mind if you have your heart set on something.
Not choosing the right course for you
It’s vital that you choose a course which you are genuinely interested in so make sure to start researching into prospective schools and subjects months in advance. This means carefully reading through the syllabus and working out if the timetable suits you.
We also advise that you double-check the length of the course as a number of colleges offer the same program with differing term times.
Applying for a student visa too soon
Yes, it’s good to be prepared but immigration recommends that you lodge your student visa application relatively close to your course start date. Contact the Study Online Australia team for advice on when to submit your application.
Not preparing the correct documents
A number of students fail to prepare the right documents or provide too many/not enough when submitting their visa application. It is very important to remember that an immigration agent can make a decision without requesting further information.
Missing a requirement
Submitting an incomplete Genuine Temporary Entry statement (GTE) or leaving out supporting evidence is enough to risk the success of your student visa application. Our team can ensure that you have met the requirements.
Not regularly checking your lodged student visa application status
Once a student visa application has been submitted, it’s vital that you check your emails daily for any new correspondence from immigration. Any delays in responding to requests for further information is likely to slow down the application process.
Spending too much on student health insurance
Without support, students often make mistakes when it comes to applying for OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover). At Study Online Australia, we apply for OSHC on your behalf. This ensures that you pay the correct fee and are covered throughout your stay.
We understand that a lot rides on your student visa but please refrain from sending emails to immigration in regards to the status of your application. If you’re concerned about processing times, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Study Online Australia team.
It’s essential that the information and documents you provide in your student visa application are correct. You must not forge information or lack details when it comes to work and travel experience in particular.
Applying for a student visa without the help of a qualified education agent
When seeking help with your student visa application, it’s vital that you work alongside a certified education agent who has completed the Education Agent Training Course (EATC).
At Study Online Australia, our brilliant team of qualified education agents are experienced in submitting successful student visa applications. We pride ourselves in providing prospective students with free help and advice from finding the right course for them to organising OSHC on their behalf.
Study better, choose Study Online Australia.