How to prove you are a genuine student for immigration purposes
When applying for a student visa to Australia, one of the main criteria is proof that you are a genuine student. To be a genuine student, an applicant must meet the requirements set out in Appendix 5A to the Migration rules (Cth). These requirements may vary depending on the visa subclass applied for and the grade level the applicant falls into. Separate regulations apply to show that they are genuine students, covering English language proficiency, financial capacity and other requirements.
If the applicant cannot meet all the requirements, he cannot be established as a genuine student visa applicant and must be refused a visa on the grounds that he does not meet the requirements. The specific requirements that must be met vary depending on the visa subclass and the applicant’s assessment levels. Usually, to prove that an applicant meets the necessary requirements in terms of English language proficiency, IELTS is the most commonly used qualification. However, the Department of Immigration will sometimes publish in its gazette the other tests which are recognized as valid for the purposes of entry to Australia. It is usually not possible to use the results of an English language test completed after the application has been submitted. In some circumstances, the Immigration Department will also accept evidence of completion of a State School Certificate examination or completion of a course at a tertiary institution as evidence of meeting the English language proficiency requirements.
In relation to the financial capacity requirements, the applicant must be able to pay for their tuition and education costs, living costs during their stay in Australia, school costs for dependents of school age and travel costs. Tuition fees are determined by electronic confirmation with the Tuition Provider or place offer letter. Student living expenses are calculated at the base rate of $12,000.00 per year for an individual student and then adjusted at a prorated rate. If school-age dependents also accompany the student, they must also allow $8,000.00 per year for each school-age child. Travel costs to and from Australia should also be factored in. Where a student visa applicant relies on a source of funding, it may be acceptable for this to be based on private corporate sponsorship, financial support from the proposed education provider, loans from financial institutions or government sponsorship. Applicants can also rely on support from ‘eligible persons’, which includes most close relatives and family members.
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