application will be assessed on the basis of the following
(i) Evidence of Enrolment
the important requirements for a student visa application is
that you must be accepted for enrolment, to undertake a course,
by a Government registered Australian education institution.
This is verified by the advice of acceptance from the Australian
institution (commonly known as Letter of Offer), which is issued
to a student who has been offered enrolment in a full-time
course. You should not pay any part of the course tuition fee
prior to the outcome of the PVA.
Sponsor/s will have to
provide documentary evidence of having cash assets ( immediately
encashable assets like savings and fixed deposits in banks) held
for atleast 6 months prior to the pre-visa
application date. For school applicants, funds need to be held
for 3 months prior to the pre-visa application date.
Who can be a Sponsor?
Sponsor/s can be the applicant, parents, grandparents, or spouse
only ( relatives like brother /sister /uncle /aunt /cousin /
family friend are not acceptable). School
applicants have no restriction on sponsor/s.
How much funds have to be shown?
For Masters and Doctorate Courses
Sponsors must provide evidence of cash assets for the first
year tuition fee (as on the letter of offer) and living
expenses (assumed at A$ 12000 p.a.) and access to additional
funds (from acceptable sources) to meet the cost of the
remainder of study and stay in Australia.
Commercial loans from Banks and government loans are acceptable.
In case the applicant holds a partial scholarship from an
Australian institution or an institution in India ( eg.
Educational Trusts), funds to cover the remaining costs must be
provided as prescribed above.
Private corporate sponsorship is acceptable subject to certain
conditions. However if the company is a family owned business
and if one/both parents are directors/partners, it is treated as
a parent sponsor.
Students with Dependants (Spouse/Children)
Costs could be expected to increase by atleast 35% if the
student has a spouse, a further 20% (plus A$ 8000 p.a. for
school fees if the child is 5 years or older) if the student has
one child, a further 15% for each additional child plus school
fees. The above amounts apply irrespective of whether they will
accompany the applicant. Individual return travel costs need to
be taken at A $ 1500 approx.
For Vocational Education and Training (VET), TAFE,
Higher Education and School courses
Sponsors must provide evidence of cash assets covering
tuition fee and living expenses of the entire duration
of the proposed and pre-requisite course (including foundation/ELICOS/Bridging
program that precedes the main course).
All students have to
demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency, measured by an IELTS
overall band score of atleast 6.0, except those enrolling for a
Diploma course (VET) in which case 5.5 is acceptable. Please
note that TOEFL score is not acceptable and IELTS is compulsory
even if the student has studied in English medium institutions
throughout his/her academic career.
Potential to breach visa conditions
This is an assessment
of an individual's current circumstances done by the visa
officer by reviewing for example, the situation in your home
country - your personal and financial commitments that may
prompt you to return to your home country.
(v) Other Relevant
• Immigration links with Australia
• Usefulness of course for career development
• Satisfactory completion of year 12 / relevant
undergraduate degree or equivalent.
• Strong links have to be established between past
academic/work background and study goals.
• Guardianship arrangements (if applicant is under 18
at the time of PVA application)
4. Further Processing
If you are advised that you meet the
PVA requirements, you will be asked to undergo further
processing. This includes payment of course tuition fee to the
Australian educational institution and a medical examination. It
is essential that the student and the accompanying dependent(s)
meet the Australian Health requirements before a visa may be
granted. This involves a medical check and an x-ray for
applicants over 16. Applicants will need to present an original
valid passport to identify themselves to the Doctor and
Radiologist. In some cases medical results will be referred to
Australia and as this process takes 3 - 4 weeks, applicants will
need to allow additional time. Usually only medicals where the
doctor or radiologist has detected an abnormality will be
referred to Australia. Applicants need to take into account
postage or courier times also.
As a general rule,
applicants should allow a four (4) to six (6) week timeframe for
processing of applications.
Factors that may delay
this processing time include:
Medical referral to Australia and the need for any
subsequent medical tests;
Document verification including educational documents,
employment references and bank statements; and
Applications which are incomplete and require the visa
office to make contact with the applicant or the applicant’s
It is compulsory for
all international students to have Overseas Student Health Cover
(OSHC) for themselves and their dependents, where applicable,
for the duration of the visa. The. premium for. OSHC is only to
be paid once the PVA requirements have been met. The current
premiums for OSHC are AUD274 for a single person and AIJD54S for
a whole family.
All Student Visas have
a multiple entry facility for the full period of the visa.
Students who plan to travel out of, and return to, Australia at
any time during their course are advised to check that their
visa is valid for return to Australia.