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ARRANGING VISAS

Most international students wanting to study in Australia require a student visa. Some other visa holders are also eligible to study as international students in Australia. Many students apply for a visa themselves on-line or via the Australian Diplomatic Mission in their country. The visa application process may be complicated. Students from some countries find it easier to submit an application with an accredited agent because of their familiarity and experience in the field.

DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS & DEPARTMENT OF FORGEIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE (DFAT)


DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs provides comprehensive information about student visa requirements and the application process, as well as application document checklists to assist you with your application. Visit the Department of Home Affairs for the latest information. DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE (DFAT) As well as links from the Department of Home Affairs website the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website has a comprehensive list of Australian embassies, high commissions, consulates and representative offices around the world.




EDUCATION AGENTS


Education agents promote various Australian education programs and institutions internationally and are a good way for students to apply to study in Australia. Agents are experienced in making international student applications and applying for visas. Most agents speak both English and the local language so this makes the application process a lot simpler and generally hassle-free for students and parents. Most do not charge for their service as they collect a commission from the institution you choose to attend. However, some agents do charge small amounts or offer additional services for which they charge.

Please Note: Although able to assist in completing education and visa applications, Education Agents are NOT licensed to provide migration advice.




WHAT IS A GENUINE TEMPORARY ENTRANT (GTE)?


Introduced in November 2011, the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement states that the visa applicant must be able to demonstrate a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily for the purpose of study or to accompany a student as a dependent (i.e. spouse or child) or as a guardian. The decision-makers at the Depart of Home Affairs will consider the following factors:

  • The circumstances in your home country
  • The potential circumstances for you in Australia
  • The value of your chosen course for your future
  • Your immigration history
  • Any other relevant matters

In order to determine whether you are meet the GTE requirement, you may be asked to attend an interview at your nearest Australian embassy or consulate. Some applicants will only need to fill in a visa application form. You should allow enough time for processing your Visa and the start of your academic program. This process can take a long time depending on your country of origin.




COMPLETING AN AUSTRALIAN STUDENT VISA APPLICATION FORM


Australian student visas were previously categorised in different types depending on the study level, but on 1 July 2016, this was simplified so now all international students apply for the Student Visa (Subclass 500), which you must apply for online. The changes also mean that students are no longer assigned an immigration risk assessment level, as the same framework applies to all students.

Before applying for a visa, you will need to obtain a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) or a Letter of Offer confirming that you have been accepted into a course registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses (CRICOS). The COE will be in the form of an online code that you will need to enter into the appropriate section in the online visa application. You may also need to pay a deposit towards your tuition fees.

You will be able to change course afterwards to one of the same or a higher study level, but you’ll need to apply for a new visa if you’re changing course to a lower level on the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) or a non-AQF level course (unless changing from a PhD to a master’s). Students may also package their studies by studying two or more courses on their Student Visa (Subclass 500), where there is a clear progression from one course to another.

The Visa Wizard on the Depart of Home Affairs website can help you find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances.




AUSTRALIAN STUDENT VISA REQUIREMENTS


When completing your online visa application form, you will need to provide evidence of the following according to the Australian student visa requirements:

Financial requirements: Evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition, travel and living costs. From October 2019, the amount you need to prove you have for living costs (separate from tuition and travel) is set at AUD$21,041 for a year. If you have dependents (such as a spouse and children), you will also need to show evidence of being able to cover living costs for them, including school fees. Alternatively, you can show evidence that your spouse or parents are willing to support you and that they earn at least AUD$60,000 (~US$45,850) a year.

English proficiency requirement: If you’re not from an English-speaking country (and haven’t completed at least five years’ study in an English-speaking country) you’ll need to prove you can speak English to the required level. The Department of Home Affairs website lists eligible tests, with possibilities being the IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE). The score you will need will depend on whether you are starting a full degree, doing a foundation course, or enrolling on a preliminary English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS).

Health requirements: You must meet the health requirements. You might need to undergo health examinations as part of the visa application process. The health assessment process can take several weeks to complete. To help avoid delays, you can choose to undertake your health examination prior to lodging your visa application. More information is available about My health declarations.




OVERSEAS STUDENT HEALTH COVER


All student visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance in Australia. Except for students from Norway, Sweden or Belgium. You must not arrive in Australia before your health insurance starts. If you are in Australia and do not have adequate health insurance, you are in breach of visa condition 8501.

Your education provider might organise your OSHC coverage for you, or you can select an approved OSHC provider yourself and pay the policy. You will need OSHC coverage for the duration of your visa. To find out the length of coverage you will require, see student visa grant periods. If your education provider arranges your OSHC coverage, you will need to know the name of your health insurance provider, the date that your policy starts and finishes and should be aware of the terms and conditions of your policy. If you arrange OSHC coverage yourself you will also need to know the policy number to include in the visa application. If you are studying at more than one educational provider and both are arranging OSHC, you will have to ensure that there is no gap between policies. This means that as one policy expires the next commences immediately.

If you have a child born after your arrival in Australia, and you only have a single OSHC policy you must change that to a family policy. If family members join you after your arrival in Australia they will have to demonstrate that they have an OSHC policy for the duration of their visas.

Character requirements: Australian student visa requirements stipulate that you must be of good character to enter Australia. This includes a criminal record check, to make sure you don’t have a substantial criminal record. You must answer a number of character-related questions on your visa application form and the information you provide will be used to assess your character. You might be asked for more information. More information is available about Character and police certificate requirements.




AUSTRALIAN STUDENT VISA DOCUMENTS


The Department of Home Affairs website has a document checklist tool that will provide you with a list of documents required for your specific circumstances. Typically, students must submit the following:

  • Completed Australian student visa application form (157A)
  • Paid visa application fee – currently AUD $620
  • Copy of passport biodata page (some students may be asked to physically provide their passport)
  • Certificate of Enrolment or Letter of Offer
  • Evidence of sufficient funds
  • Evidence of health insurance cover
  • English proficiency test results
  • Character and police certificate
  • Four recent passport-sized photographs
  • any other documentation. For example, if you are under 18 you may need to complete a Student guardianship arrangements Form 157N to ensure your accommodation and welfare.

After you have assembled and scanned your supporting documents, you’ll need to create an account and apply with the online ‘ImmiAccount’ application system.

Most visa applications take four weeks to process. If you study in Australia for a course that is longer than 10 months and finishes at the end of an Australian academic year (usually mid-December) your visa will usually be valid until 15 March the following year. If your course is longer than 10 months and finishes in January to October, your visa will usually be valid for two months following the completion of your course.

Under some circumstances, it may be possible to apply for a further visa at the end of your course (consult the Department of Home Affairs website for more details).




VISA CONDITIONS


If you are granted a visa, you must abide by its conditions. Failure to comply with these conditions could result in the cancellation of your visa. These conditions include (but are not limited to):

  • Complete the course within the duration specified in the CoE
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Maintain approved Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) while in Australia
  • Remain with the principal education provider for 6 calendar months, unless issued a letter of release from the provider to attend another institution
  • Notify your training provider of your Australian address and any subsequent changes of address within 7 days.

Different visa conditions apply to you and your family members. You can check your visa conditions in Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO). You must comply with the state and territory laws of Australia.




USING YOUR STUDENT VISA


You can enter Australia on your student visa up to 90 days before your course starts. Within seven days of arrival, you must inform your education provider of your resident address, and also inform them within seven days if you change address.




WORKING WHILE STUDYING


While on a student visa, you may work up to 40 hours per fortnight during term time, and full-time in the holidays. The visa is automatically issued with permission to work, although you are not allowed to begin working until your course has started, and should not rely on work in order to support yourself or your family while in Australia. If you’re studying a master’s by research or a PhD you do not have any work restrictions. Keep in mind that any work required as part of your course is not included in the limit. Voluntary/unpaid work is not included in the 40-hour limit if it is genuinely voluntary, for a non-profit organisation and for the benefit of the community. More information is available about Work conditions for student visa holders.

While in possession of a student visa, you have certain obligations to fulfil: you must remain enrolled in a CRICOS-registered course, attend classes regularly, make satisfactory course progress and maintain OSHC health insurance. There are also certain visa conditions you and your dependents must comply with; breaching a visa condition may result in the cancellation of your visa.





ARRANGING TRAVEL

You will need to make your own travel arrangements to Australia. Please try to arrive at least 1-2 weeks before the start of your first class to allow enough time for settling-in, adjusting to the climate and overcoming jet-lag.

HOTELS, MOTELS & BACKPACKERS


Generally, the price you pay for accommodation will determine its quality. However, it can be expensive to stay in a good quality motel or hotel for a long period of time. Backpacker accommodation is relatively inexpensive but you may need to bring your own pillow and sleeping bag if you choose this option.

Hostels

NSW Holidays

Sydney Backpackers

AirBnb




STAYING WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY


If you know someone in Australia, this is a great way to settle into life here. Your friends or family can provide advice, support and encouragement in your first days in Australia. However, if you are under the age of 18 you must obtain approval from your education provider first.




ISSUES TO CONSIDER


Rather than bringing your family together with you to Australia, some students may find it useful to arrive first, settle into studies, find appropriate accommodation, adjust to living in Australia and then arrange for their family to join them.

Before making a decision to bring your family to Australia it is important to consider the following issues:

  • The cost of airfares for your family to and from Australia;
  • Possible higher rent for a larger home;
  • Limited employment opportunities for your spouse;
  • Extra costs for food, clothing and other necessities;
  • The effect on you and your studies if your family is not happy in Australia;
  • Whether your children will adjust to school in Australia;
  • Waiting lists for childcare centres; and
  • Whether to come alone to Australia first and arrange things for your family or to all come at the same time.

For more information visit: www.immi.gov.au




BRINGING MY FAMILY


Most student visas allow you to bring your family members to Australia as your dependants (check your individual circumstances with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship See: Arranging Visas). Family members include your spouse, and you and your spouse’s dependent children. Before bringing your spouse or children to Australia, you will have to prove that you can support them financially. The cost of supporting a family in Australia is very high. You may have to consider and discuss many issues with your family.





ENTRY INTO AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN IMMIGRATION

When you first arrive in Australia you will be required to make your way through Australian Immigration (follow the signs for Arriving Passengers as you leave the plane). An Immigration Officer will ask to see your completed Incoming Passenger Card (given to you on the plane) along with your passport and student visa evidence. The Immigration Officer will check your documents and may ask you a few questions about your plans for your stay in Australia.

AT THE AIRPORT


BAGGAGE CLAIM

Once you have passed through the immigration checks you will move to baggage claim (follow the signs) and collect your luggage. Check that nothing is missing or damaged. If something is missing or damaged go to the Baggage Counter and advise them of your problem. Staff at the Baggage Counter will help you to find your belongings or lodge a claim for damage.

DETECTOR DOGS

You may see a Quarantine Detector Dog at the baggage carousel or while waiting in line to pass through immigration, screening luggage for food, plant material or animal products. If you see a detector dog working close to you, please place your bags on the floor for inspection. These dogs are not dangerous to humans and are trained to detect odours. Sometimes a dog will sit next to your bag if it sniffs a target odour. Sometimes dogs will detect odours left from the food you have had in the bag previously. A quarantine officer may ask about the contents of your bag and check you are not carrying items that present a quarantine risk to Australia.

AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS AND QUARANTINE

Once you have your luggage you will go through Customs. Be careful about what you bring into Australia. Some items you might bring from overseas can carry pests and diseases that Australia doesn’t have. You must declare ALL food, meat, fruit, plants, seeds, wooden souvenirs, animal or plant materials or their derivatives. Australia has strict quarantine laws and tough on-the-spot fines. Every piece of luggage is now screened or x-rayed by quarantine officers, detector dog teams and x-ray machines. If you fail to declare or dispose of any quarantine items or make a false declaration, you will get caught. In addition to on-the-spot fines, you could be prosecuted and fined more than AU$60,000 and risk 10 years in prison. All international mail is also screened.

Some products may require treatment to make them safe. Items that are restricted because of the risk of pests and disease will be seized and destroyed by the Department of Agriculture. For more detailed information about bringing in food, animals, plants, animal or plant materials or their derivatives visit the Department of Agriculture.

ARRIVALS HALL

You will be able to leave the restricted area and enter the Arrivals Hall once you have cleared Customs. Here you will find a number of retail and food outlets along with public telephones, an information booth and money exchange facilities. If you arrive on a weekend, you may like to exchange money here as most banks are not open on Saturdays and Sundays.




GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT


Sydney Airport, also known as the Kingsford Smith Airport, is one of the oldest air terminals in the world and one of the busiest ones in the Australian continent.

AIRPORT LOCATION AND ADDRESS

The airport of Sydney is located at a distance of 9 km to the south of the city.

Address: Sydney Airports Corporation Limited, The Ulm Building, 1 Link Road, Sydney International Terminal, NSW 2020, Australia

THREE IMPORTANT TERMINALS

  • Terminal 1 hosts the international flights to and from a number of countries around the world.

  • Terminal 2 hosts domestic flights and international flights as well.

  • Terminal 3 hosts domestic flights. To transfer between the three terminals, you can use the underground Airport Link or the T-Bus service available for passengers.

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR PASSENGERS

  • Telephone: +61 (02) 9667 9111

  • Fax: +61 (02) 9667 1592

  • Sydney Airport Executive Services: +61 (02) 9667 6534

  • Lost Property Issue: +61 (02) 9667 9583

TRAVEL BETWEEN TERMINALS

Airport Link offers a $6.10 (one way, per person) transfer ticket for passengers transferring between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic Terminals. The journey takes only 2 minutes and there are frequent services between 5am and midnight, 7 days a week. For more information visit Airport Link




KEEPING IN CONTACT


Before you leave home, you should provide your family and friends, and TMT, with details of your flights to Australia and where you will be staying when you arrive. (Do not change these details without informing them.) Once you have arrived in Australia, you should then let your family and friends know that you have arrived safely. It is important to ALWAYS let someone know where you are and how to contact you by phone, email or by post.




GETTING AROUND


GETTING ABOUT TOWN

Transportation in Sydney is made possible through a system of ferries, buses, light rail and trains. The system transports commuters to and from the city; however, it is sometimes difficult to travel from place to place once in the city. Trains operate underground in the city but do not travel to all suburbs. You will need to purchase an OPAL card to travel on public transport. Using an Opal card is the easiest and most affordable way to travel in Sydney. You can get Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards and single trip tickets at airport train stations. To get other concession Opal cards, see ticket eligibility. For more information on Sydney, transport call 13-1500 or visit Transport NSW website.

TRAINS

There are rail stations located at both the International and Domestic Terminals.

The Domestic rail station is located directly between T2 and T3 Terminals and is accessible from within the terminals from the arrivals level.

The International rail station is located at the northern end of the terminal and is accessible from the arrivals level.

TRAVEL TO THE CITY

Airport Link is a fast and convenient way to reach the centre of Sydney. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes and the journey into the city takes only 13 minutes. The international and domestic rail stations link directly to the City Circle which means most city destinations are within a short walk of stations.

TRAVEL TO THE SUBURBS

Tickets can be purchased to all Sydney stations from the International and Domestic rail stations. Simply catch the train from the International or Domestic stations to Central station and change for all suburban services.

PUBLIC BUSES

There are many bus services that operate to and from Sydney Airport – most of which require pre-booking. See the options below to determine which service best suits your needs.

SYDNEY BUSES

Sydney Buses has a timetabled service between Bondi Junction and Burwood with stops at both T1 International and T3 Domestic Terminals.

General Information about fares, timetables and connections to other parts of Sydney is available at Transport NSW

METROPOLITAN AND REGIONAL SUBURB TRANSFER

Many shuttle bus companies provide transport between the airport and most Sydney suburbs and regional areas. These buses need to be pre-booked. Check the Yellow Pages under “Bus and Coach Services” for the service to and from your area.

SHUTTLE BUSES

Terminal Transfer although linked by runways and aprons, Sydney Airport’s Domestic and International terminal buildings are located separately.

There are several options available for transfer between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic Terminals, depending on your flight details and time allowance.

Approximate costs of transfer options are listed below, with links to other pages and websites for more information.

T – Bus is a shuttle bus service between T1 International and T2 Domestic Terminals. It is only a short walk between T2 and T3 Terminals. The journey takes up to 10 mins and operates frequently in the morning peak period, then half-hourly until 8pm. The bus stops are on arrivals Levels, at T1 Bus Bay 21 near McDonald's, and at T2 Bus Bay 3 near baggage carousel 6. For more detailed information contact Carbridge on (+61 2) 9700 8844

The P-Bus is a free shuttle bus that operates continuously between the Remote Long Term Car Park and the Domestic Terminals only. The trip takes approximately 5 minutes and buses depart every 10-15 minutes.

HOTEL TRANSFER – AIRPORT HOTELS ONLY

Airport Hotels run Airport to Hotel to Airport, shuttle services at a minimal fee. Please check with your Hotel for timetable and costs.

HOTEL TRANSFER – SYDNEY CBD AREA

When making your accommodation reservations, check to see if there is a complimentary pickup/drop off service is offered.

TAXIS

When the weather is dry, taxis are plentiful and inexpensive. Taxis line up in most major points through the city, including Wynyard Station, Central Station, Chifley Square, the State Theatre and Elizabeth Bay. Booking Fee is approximately $2.20, flag fall is $3.30 and then $2.50 per km. You may also be liable for toll and ferry charges. Cabbies in Australia are known for their honesty and may help with your luggage. Do not forget to ask your cabbie where to visit in Sydney.

SYDNEY TAXIS:

  • Legion Cabs: +61-2 13 1451 or +61-2 9289-9000
  • Premier Cabs: +61-2 13 1017 or +61-2 9897-4000
  • Taxis Combined Services: +61-2 13-1008 or +61-2 9332-8888
  • RSL Cabs: +61-2 13 1581 or +61-2 9699-0144
  • Wheelchair Taxis are available at: 1-800-043-187 or +61-2 9332-0200

Customers should be aware that there may be a surcharge for using a credit card to pay for taxis.





ASSESSING MONEY

You should read this section carefully, and discuss the issues raised in this section with the bank or financial institution in your home country before you leave.  All banks operate differently and you should be aware of all fees, charges, ease of access to your funds, and safety of the way in which you will access those funds.

Descripción del Viaje


Horario: Salida 7:00am desde Medellín y regreso aproximadamente a las 3:00 pm


Punto de Inicio:

- Para viajes programados: Medellín - Centro Comercial Punto Clave

Punto Finalización:

- Para viajes programados: Medellín - Centro Comercial Punto Clave

Método de transporte:

Transporte privado si se cumple el mínimo de personas

Recomendado para:

Personas con buenas aptitudes físicas

Personas con el deseo de retarse a nivel físico y mental

Personas que no les importe ensuciarse ni el frío ni lluvia

No recomendado para:

Personas en mal estado físico

Personas con lesiones recientes en rodillas, caderas o tobillos




Incluye - No Incluye


Incluye

  • Transporte Privado ida y vuelta desde Medellin
  • Guianza y acompañamiento Viajando Sin Afán
  • Snack
  • Seguro Asistencial
No Incluye
  • Comidas y bebidas no especificadas en el plan




Itinerario


Este es nuestro itinerario:

  • Encuentro a las 7:00 am en CC Punto Clave
  • Parada a Desayunar en Camilo C a las 8:00 am
  • Inicio senderismo aproximadamente 8:30 am
  • Almuerzo en el camino
  • Llegada a Palomos aprox 3:00 pm
  • Retorno a Medellin
Si es un viaje privado, la experiencia puede aumentar o disminuir el número de días y actividades.




Precios


$70.000 pesos por persona para un grupo mínimo 12 personas y un grupo máximo de 15 personas. Sí el grupo mínimo no se completa, se aumenta el valor del viaje, se devuelve el dinero o se guarda el saldo para otra experiencia. Para viajes y cotizaciones privadas específicanos fechas, destino de salida y destino llegada y haremos la mejor propuesta para ti.




Recomendaciones


DETALLES IMPORTANTES

Trekking de Iniciación apto para todas las personas.

Buscamos ir a este lugar en los días donde no hay tantas personas.

Mascotas son permitidas

¿QUÉ LLEVAR? - Llevar ropa deportiva - Camiseta manga larga, sudadera y/o pantaloneta - Impermeable - Recipiente para llevar tu líquido y no comprar botellas plásticas - Tennis deportivos - Chaqueta impermeable o rompevientos - Ropa de cambio - Almuerzo y/o refrigerio - Ropa que se pueda ensuciar y/o mojar - Protector solar - Gafas de sol - Sombrero y/o gorra para el sol - Dinero extra para gastos personales - Documentos de identificación CC y Carnet de EPS





TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION

Generally, the price you pay for accommodation will determine its quality. 

Descripción del Viaje


Horario: Salida 7:00am desde Medellín y regreso aproximadamente a las 3:00 pm


Punto de Inicio:

- Para viajes programados: Medellín - Centro Comercial Punto Clave

Punto Finalización:

- Para viajes programados: Medellín - Centro Comercial Punto Clave

Método de transporte:

Transporte privado si se cumple el mínimo de personas

Recomendado para:

Personas con buenas aptitudes físicas

Personas con el deseo de retarse a nivel físico y mental

Personas que no les importe ensuciarse ni el frío ni lluvia

No recomendado para:

Personas en mal estado físico

Personas con lesiones recientes en rodillas, caderas o tobillos




Incluye - No Incluye


Incluye

  • Transporte Privado ida y vuelta desde Medellin
  • Guianza y acompañamiento Viajando Sin Afán
  • Snack
  • Seguro Asistencial
No Incluye
  • Comidas y bebidas no especificadas en el plan




Itinerario


Este es nuestro itinerario:

  • Encuentro a las 7:00 am en CC Punto Clave
  • Parada a Desayunar en Camilo C a las 8:00 am
  • Inicio senderismo aproximadamente 8:30 am
  • Almuerzo en el camino
  • Llegada a Palomos aprox 3:00 pm
  • Retorno a Medellin
Si es un viaje privado, la experiencia puede aumentar o disminuir el número de días y actividades.




Precios


$70.000 pesos por persona para un grupo mínimo 12 personas y un grupo máximo de 15 personas. Sí el grupo mínimo no se completa, se aumenta el valor del viaje, se devuelve el dinero o se guarda el saldo para otra experiencia. Para viajes y cotizaciones privadas específicanos fechas, destino de salida y destino llegada y haremos la mejor propuesta para ti.




Recomendaciones


DETALLES IMPORTANTES

Trekking de Iniciación apto para todas las personas.

Buscamos ir a este lugar en los días donde no hay tantas personas.

Mascotas son permitidas

¿QUÉ LLEVAR? - Llevar ropa deportiva - Camiseta manga larga, sudadera y/o pantaloneta - Impermeable - Recipiente para llevar tu líquido y no comprar botellas plásticas - Tennis deportivos - Chaqueta impermeable o rompevientos - Ropa de cambio - Almuerzo y/o refrigerio - Ropa que se pueda ensuciar y/o mojar - Protector solar - Gafas de sol - Sombrero y/o gorra para el sol - Dinero extra para gastos personales - Documentos de identificación CC y Carnet de EPS