The following outlines the process for International Students obtaining an International Student VISA and relocating to Australia once an offer of enrolment has been made by Sydney College of Divinity into a CRICOS registered course.
The Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is an official document issued to international students. It confirms that you have accepted a place in a Sydney College of Divinity course, and have paid your tuition fees/deposit and Overseas Student Health Cover premium (OSHC). CoE lists your course details, start and end dates, any fees paid and estimated total fees required.
Your CoE must be submitted as part of your student visa application. You must have a valid CoE while studying on a student visa in Australia.
The college will issue your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) after you have:
Once all the conditions above have been met your CoE will be issued.
The college must update the status of your CoE and notify the Department of Home Affairs (which may affect your visa) if you:
The Subclass 500 Student Visa allows international students to participate in a course of study in Australia.
It is important to note that to apply for a student visa you must
Read the Department of Home Affairs website carefully, including the step by step information that provides an overview of the visa application process. You will have to pay visa costs and might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
Generally in the higher education sector the processing time for a student visa is
Your application can take longer to process if
Decision about the visa application is notified in writing and will include the
If visa is refused you may have a right to a review of the decision. The application fee will not be refunded if visa is denied.
Once you commence study on a student visa you are required to notify the college and the Sydney College of Divinity if you change from a student visa to an Australian Permanent Resident Visa, Australian or New Zealand citizenship status. Changes to your visa status may affect your fee arrangements and eligibility for Australian government support.
All required documents must be provided with your student visa application. Applications are generally made online and your documents should be scanned in colour and saved as PDFs, with certified translations if the original document isn’t in English.
Some of the documents required could be:
Use the Department of Home Affairs Document Checklist tool to find out more about these and any other documents you may be required to include with your student visa application.
Your application can take longer to process if
You can enter and remain in Australia as an international student only if you hold a valid student visa. Your student visa will be subject to a range of conditions. If you do not meet those conditions, your visa may be cancelled.
Your visa will be issued for the course listed on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). If you change or extend your course, you may need to change your visa or visa details. Restrictions apply to changes and extensions.
An international student is required to comply with all of their student visa conditions at all times. Some of the key conditions are
*If the College cancels your COE, we will have to report the cancellation to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). In this situation, you must contact DHA within 28 days of your COE cancellation date. Failure to contact the Department of Home Affairs may result in the automatic cancellation of your student visa.
This is a temporary visa. You cannot stay in Australia beyond the visa expiry date. The student visa grant periodwill depend on the type of course and its length. To see when you must leave, use VEVO.
You cannot stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. To continue studying in Australia, you must apply for a new student visa.
If your student visa will expire before your graduation, you might be able to apply for another visa that meets your circumstances such as a visitor visa. You will need a letter from Sydney College of Divinity which states the date of your graduation.
Except in limited circumstances, you cannot work until your course has started. When your course is in session you can work up to 40 hours in a two-week period (per fortnight). A fortnight is calculated as a 14-day period starting on a Monday.
If you are a postgraduate research student on a student visa, you can work unlimited hours during your studies. However, bear in mind that your visa requires you to maintain full-time enrolment and complete your course within the duration specified in your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
It is the students responsibility to ensure that any work undertaken is permitted within their visa conditions. To know more about the visa conditions that affect your work situation, visit VEVO.
An international student must maintain adequate health insurance for the duration of the student visa as it is a condition of the visa. This means you need to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and keep your policy up to date as long as you hold this visa.
OSHC assists international students to meet the costs of medical and hospital care they may need while in Australia. OSHC also includes ambulance cover and limited pharmaceuticals. These may range from a basic product which covers only the compulsory minimum services to comprehensive products which cover, in addition to the compulsory minimum services, extra services as specified under the particular policy.
OSHC is offered by certain insurers under a Deed of Agreement with the Department of Health to provide adequate health insurance to students at a reasonable cost. Only a small number of registered health insurers offer OSHC.
|Allianz Global Assistance (Peoplecare Health)||www.allianzassistancehealth.com.au/en/student-visa-oshc/|
|CBHS International Health||www.cbhsinternationalhealth.com.au/overseas-students-oshc|
Always view the latest on OSHC and its providers for updated information.
Some exceptions may apply and you should check with the Department of Home Affairs to find out if special arrangements apply to you and if you are exempt from the requirement to purchase OSHC.
As holding OSHC is a visa requirement, take care to maintain your cover at all times. If your visa status changes at any time, inform your insurer as soon as possible to find out whether your level of cover is still suitable. When your student visa expires, then you are no longer eligible to hold OSHC.
After you have accepted your offer to study and applied for your student visa, you can start planning your arrival. Plan your travel to Australia, find out from the college your accommodation options and get an idea about living in the vicinity of your college. One of the best ways to settle well into your study is by planning well, being informed and arriving in Australia 2-3 weeks in advance.
Moving to study is exciting but it is also a big change. Being away from family, engaging with a new way of life, experiencing differences in weather, culture, and lifestyle can all be new and unfamiliar. So don’t hesitate to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have. We want you to transition to Australia into your college and study program as smoothly and constructively as possible.