Australia is a popular destination for Nepali students for its world-class education, diverse culture, and beautiful landscapes.
If you plan to study in Australia, this article provides a comprehensive guide to the Australian student visa process, including eligibility, requirements, and application procedures.
According to the Australian Government Department of Education, there were only 1,260 Nepalese students in 2002, which in 2022 rose to 57,182.
How to Apply for an Australian Student Visa from Nepal?
To apply for Australian Student Visa from Nepal in 2023, you should first get admission to an Australian college or University, Pay tuition fees. Once you receive your CoE, you can now apply for Student Visa.
Step By Step Process for Student Visa in Australia from Nepal
- Gather Basic Documents
- English Language Proficiency Test Score
- Admission Process
- Receive Offer Letter
- Financial Documentation | GTE
- No Objection Letter (NOC)
- Pay Course Fee
- Receive Confirmation of Eligibility (CoE)
- Visa Application
a. Basic Documents
Before submitting your application form to your desired college or University in Australia, you must decide the course you want to pursue. A passport and Language score is a common documents you will need in every step, so let’s start with that.
You should have a valid passport to study abroad, as most Nepalese do not create their passport until they need it. It is wise to fill application for Online ePassport in Nepal as you pass your NEB Exam for faster processing.
Also, to book the IELTS test, you will need your Passport. You should apply before or during your classes.
Note: You will need your Rastriya Parichaya Patra or NID Number to apply for a Passport in Nepal.
English Language Proficiency Test
Nepal is not a native English speaker, so we must provide a certificate of result or score card from an approved English language test. You can choose any of the following tests.
- IELTS – International English Language Testing System
- TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
- PTE – Pearson Test of English Academic
IELTS is popular in Nepal, and the recommended score is 6, but please remember there is no magic number. It depends on many factors.
Taking classes before you book your English proficiency test dates is recommended. If you are fully prepared for your test and confident enough, hitting an overall band score of 6 on IELTS is not so hard.
Please remember that your English proficiency score can add a huge weight to your college application’s documents.
Recommendation: Visit Information Sessions (Education Camps) conducted by Australian universities and colleges representative to learn more about courses, locations, fees, and placements.
b. Admission to Australian Collages or University
This is one of the most important decisions you must take as your future education depends on this. By now, you must decide which educational institute you will be enrolled in and what course you will study there.
Choose a course relevant or related to your previous studies or work experience. Relevancy is important.
Do a background check of your school, and read reviews, locations, courses available, facilities, and others. This will help you while writing your SOP.
Once you get your English Language Proficiency Test results, you can apply to your favorite college/university.
You need to be clear about what course you are going to enroll in and why. Please consult with your consultancy before applying and after receiving the offer letter.
The first step in applying for an Australian student visa is to receive an offer letter from an Australian educational institution. This offer letter will outline the course of study, duration, and tuition fees.
Offer Letters are usually provided within a Day to 4 weeks.
Documents Required for Offer Letter
- Academic documents(SEE/+2/Bachelors/Masters)
- Transcript Certificate
- Provintional Certificate
- Character Certificate
- Migration Certificate
- IELTS or PTE Certificate
- SOP – Statement of Purpose
- Marriage Certificate – If married
- If Gap, justify it with work, experience
- Work Experience Letter – Salary Sheet, Appointment Letter, etc.
High School and Bachelors Graduate Students
After receiving test scores, arranging academic documents, and a Passport, you can apply for University in Australia.
The recommended score is 2.4 GPA or 60% to study in Australia.
If you are applying for a master, you must provide all the academic documents of previous levels, like SLC/SEE and NEB.
If you have a gap year between your education, you must provide valid reasons and supporting documents for your claims.
GAP can be justified with courses | skill development, or work experience but must provide salary slips, certification, appointment letters, or course certificates.
How much gap is accepted in an Australian student visa?
Usually, 1 or 2-year gaps with basic experience can be covered.
Who can take a Dependent in Student Visa in Australia?
If you are applying for a bachelor’s degree, then dependents applications are Unavailable; for the Masters’s degree, qualified students can apply.
If the dependent wish to apply along with the students, then you should prepare these documents:
- Marriage Registration Certificate
- Work Experience
Application form (Receive Offer Letter, depends on university – this is Okey from the school of Australia)
What is SOP? And How to write SOP?
You must Notarize these documents from an Authorized Lawyer.
Also: If you studied CBSE or other foreign boards then you might need an Equivalence Certificate.
c. Financial Documentation | GTE
After receiving a Letter of Offer from your educational institute, you must show them you can pay your School Fees, Living Expenses, Medical insurance, Travel cost, and Others.
This is probably the most difficult part for many Nepalese students, as the financial conditions of many are not so strong. But it is thoroughly checked for countries like ours, so prepare a strong document.
Financial documents to prepare are:
- Annual Income
- Bank Balance
- Property Related
Please go for counseling for more information.
Send GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant), and the university verifies these documents.
After the university accepts your application, you must pay the school fee. You must receive NOC Letter ( Application Process for No Objection Certificate) to pay your university fee from Nepal to Australia.
Bank Balance: The minimum recommended amount you should have in your account is around 35 to 40 lakhs if you are applying for a student visa in Australia from Nepal.
Annual Income: Must have annual family income from salary or business income of 17 – 20 lakhs.
Property: This is the valuation of all the property your family owns.
University will verify your GTE. Once your Genuine Temporary Entrant is approved, you can send your studies fee through Banks in Nepal, and to do that, you will need a No Objection Letter.
No Objection Letter – NOC
If you successfully receive your Offer Letter, now you can apply for NOC.
Ministry of Education issues NOC or No Objection Letter in Nepal. This document is needed to pay your college fee in Australia via Nepali Banks.
You can apply for a No Objection Certificate Online and then visit the office located in Kaiser Mahal, Kathmandu, to receive your certificate within the visiting date and time.
Pay University | Collage Fee
The tuition fees will differ based on courses, city, and universities.
All the information related to fees is mentioned in your Letter of Offer, do check it.
After receiving your NOC letter, you must pay the tuition fee from any Commercial bank in Nepal. Compare their charges on transfer and other fees before selecting.
Once your school in Australia receives a fee sent from Nepal, they will provide you with a Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE).
Payments to Australian Universities are protected under Tuition Protection Service (TPS). If your Visa is rejected, your fees will be refunded except for the application fee. – Source
Confirmation of Eligibility – CoE
This is a confirmation certificate from your university that you are now officially admitted as their student.
After acceptance and paying your tuition fees, You will soon receive your Certificate of Eligibility, which confirms that you are eligible to study in Australia and outlines the duration of your course.
This is an essential document while applying for Visa.
The process for admission application and fee payment for college is over. Now, you must apply for Australia Student Visa from the embassy of Australia.
Australian Student Visa application process from Nepal
Along with COE, Academics, and Financial documents, we apply for Student Visa.
Here you need to give your Health Checkup, Biometrics, and Pay Visa Fee (non-refundable).
What kind of Questions will be asked in Australian Visa Interview?
Course, Location, Career, and more.
Scholarship opportunities for international students in Australia
- Student visa subclass options
- Financial capacity requirements for student visa
- Health insurance for international students
- Work rights for student visa holders
- Student visa conditions and obligations