International students will now need to show proof of their enrolment in a course to obtain an Australia visa for study.
10 November 2011
Proof of enrolment now required for student Australia visa
The Australian High Commission to India has announced that prospective international students will have to demonstrate their admission to an Australian course to be accepted for an Australia visa.
Foreign students aiming to undertake study in Australia will now have to show proof of their enrolment before being granted an Australia visa, a statement from the Australian High Commission in New Delhi has revealed.
The statement indicated that from Saturday November 5 2011 applicants for an Australian student visa will be required to "include a confirmation of enrolment (COE), issued by their intended education provider, as part of their student visa applications," the statement said.
"This will improve processing time as students will no longer need to wait for a Pre-Visa Assessment (PVA) letter to be issued by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) before arranging their COE".
Australian High Commissioner to India Peter Varghese said the changes to the Australian immigration process would have benefits for prospective students, saying that he "strongly supports" the COE requirement.
"Australia is a quality education destination and these changes will strengthen that reputation," he said.
He also broadly highlighted the opportunities available to prospective students in Australia.
"Australia is a great place to study and I encourage all Indian students to consider the many benefits of studying in Australia," he said.
"We look forward to welcoming high quality students from India".
The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent migration consultancy specialising in helping people emigrate to Australia and lodge applications with the Australian High Commission.