Australia is an amazing country, plenty of great weather, beautiful scenery and a great culture so it’s easy to see why it’s fast becoming the country of choice for many overseas students. Australia is known for being a multi-cultural nation, you will find a high volume of those overseas students on student visas end up talking to a migration agent to discuss their options to extend their stay or permanently migrate to Australia.
A Student Visa allows you to study and work in Australia for the duration of your course and an additional period of at least 1 to 3 Months is provided once you’ve completed your course. Overseas students are able to work 40 hours over a two-week period, and full-time during holidays, so there is the opportunity to gain work experience as well as education.
There are a number of student visa option to choose from.
Student Visa Options
English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
Applies to stand-alone English language courses that lead to a certificate I, II, III or IV, or that result in no formal Australian award.
Primary or secondary school course
Applies to primary, junior secondary or senior secondary school courses, and approved secondary school exchange programs.
Vocational education and training
Applies to Certificates I, II, III or IV (except ELICOS), diploma, advanced diploma, vocational graduate certificate or vocational graduate diploma courses.
Applies to a Bachelor degree, associate degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or Masters by coursework.
Applies to Masters by research or a doctoral degree.
Applies to non-award foundation studies, or other full-time courses or components of courses not leading to an Australian award.
AusAID and Defence
Applies to students sponsored by AusAID or the Australian Department of Defence undertaking full-time courses of any type.
Parents or relatives can apply for a visa to stay in Australia as the guardian of a student who is studying in Australia.
Most of those on student visas in Australia find the appeal is that the qualifications are recognised world-wide, plus they get the chance to live and work in Australia. The Gold Coast attracts millions of people every year due to its iconic beaches, sun, surf, theme parks and easy going life style.
Your student visa also allows spouse and dependents to stay in Australia for the duration of your course.
Choosing to study on the Gold Coast means you will be offered a high quality of support services, ranging from airport transfers, assistance with accommodation and counselling services. Queensland education is known for the high quality of service to their international students. A student visa gives you access to a whole host of opportunities, and it’s easy to see why most people who study here choose to migrate to Australia.
Once completing your studies your student visa requires you to return home, but many overseas students want remain here on the Gold Coast or in Australia and permanently migrate to Australia.
There are a few routes you can take. One of the most popular method is a Temporary Work Visa (457 visa) this is where an employer sponsors you to remain in the country, this can generally lead to permanent residency in just a few years.
Temporary Graduate Visa (485 visa) is suitable for any student that receives a suitable qualification and meets a 2-year Australian study requirement.
A general Skilled Migration (189/190 visa) is a great option for young people that have good solid English skills and have completed a course in Australia.
No matter what your circumstances we can assess your eligibility for migration to Australia whether it be for a temporary or permanent stay. If you would like expert and affordable advice tailored to your individual circumstances, simply complete a No obligation Free Visa Assessment. One of our experienced, registered migration agents will be in touch with you to advise you of your options. Alternatively come to our Office or International based offices for a confidential chat.