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Posted On

12 Mar 2020



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Why Australia rejects student visa?

Planning, Shopping, Packing, everything is ready. Your friends and family are also prepared with farewell and blessings to send you to Australia for your higher study. But, Australia rejected your Student Visa. You are fortunate because it is not your story. But it might be yours if you are careless while applying for the visa. To avoid such a thing from happening, read out this article further. 


Know the reasons why Australia rejects student visas and prepare yourself. 




Besides being a genuine student, you also need to satisfy the criteria for Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) to get a student visa with the 100 per cent success. GTE ensures that the visa is for study than seeking permanent residency in Australia. Based on the GTE evaluation, visa chances are excellent for those who are intending to return home after completing the study, and low for the ones seeking permanent residency in Australia. 


How genuine are you as a student and as a temporary entrant? 100% genuine! But words are not enough to prove that you are sincere. Documentary proof and written statements are mandatory to decide whether you are fair on assessment. Moreover, you may need to give additional information on your circumstances for further evidence as an applicant. 


Conditions that decide your circumstances


  • Home country circumstances include whether you have convincing reasons to study in Australia or not even though the same course is available in your country. Also, the evaluation takes place under the degree of your ties, economic conditions; and the political uncertainty in your country. 


  • Host country circumstances include whether you are using a student visa for continuous residence in Australia. The decision-makers test your ties with Australia, the relationship between you and your dependant, an educational provider, course of study, your qualification level, financial ability, and so forth. 


  • Course consistency with your qualification figures the value towards your bright future. If not consistent, then you are expected to give reasonable changes to the study. Other factors include your expectation for payment from the Australian qualification in the home country. 


  • Immigration history includes both visas and travel history for Australia or other countries. 




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Unable to meet the academic qualification requirement is one of the reasons Australia rejects student visa. Besides evidence of English language skills, the education level, course-of-study, and the university/institution, you prefer to study to decide the need for academic qualification. 


General Entry Requirements


  • English Language Skills: The level-of-course and the institutions determines the score required for English Language Skills. 


  • Schools: Most of the school tests the applicant’s academic performance and ability during the application procedure. 


  • VET (Vocational Education and Training) institutions do not hold entrance exams. But, you need to have either studied specific subjects or gained relevant work experience before you apply to VET institutions for specific courses. 


  • Undergraduate Course: You need to have at least 12 years of education that is equivalent to an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. There are also some prerequisite subjects in some undergraduate courses. 


  • Postgraduate course: You must have completed an undergraduate course to be eligible for a postgraduate course. The university/institution also considers an educational gap as long as you have work experience relevant to your area of study. 


The entry requirements, as said above, vary from institution to institution, and the level of study. You can find the advice or assistance on their respective website or from Check it once to see whether you qualify or not. 


A Few Tips


In case, if you do not qualify, you have two options left. 


First Option: Take a year-long Foundation or Bridging course in higher education institutions. This will help you to meet the academic qualification requirements. 

Second Option: Forget that course, and just shift towards the course that will meet the requirement at your current level. 




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Australian universities/institutions teach educational courses in the English language. As an international student, chances of visa rejection are high if you do not understand the course content taught in English. Therefore, you need to provide evidence of English language skills while you apply for a visa. 


With languages, you are at home anywhere.


If English is your first language, or have completed at least five years of study in English, then you do not need to provide evidence of English test score.


But, if English is your second language, then you need to take an English language test from qualified and verified test providers. See the table for the details. 


English language test providers

      Minimum score

Minimum score and at least 10 weeks English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

Minimum score and at least 20 weeks ELICOS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)




TOEFL internet-based test




Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)




Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)




Occupational English Test

B for each test component



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The English language requirements also vary from institution to institution, and also from the skill level required for your visa application. For specific information on English language requirements, check the website of your preferred university and Department of Home Affairs.




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Money matters the most! During your stay in Australia, you need to prepare well to cover your living and travel expenses along with educational fees. For this, you need to provide documents to prove that you are financially stable and can finance your studies in Australia. If you fail to meet specific financial requirements, then Australia will reject your visa. 


Some example to show Evidence for Financial Capacity


  • Provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover your travel expense, 12 months of living costs and tuition fees for you and your dependent or other family members.


  • Evidence of family members or business providing you funds for the study, including proof of relationship. 


Like this, you can show evidence of financial capacity in different ways. But remember that full disbursement is the best evidence for genuine evidence. 




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Australia has some of the best health standards in the world. Every international student must meet minimum health standards. As a part of the visa approval process, you and your family member travelling with you need to obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before arriving in Australia. If not, there is a high risk that Australia will reject your visa. OSHC provide you with medical insurance during your time of stay in Australia. But How to get it? Well, you can get it from an approved Australian health insurance provider. For further details on OSHC, you can visit at


Things to include in your application


  • Include the name of Health Insurance Provider, Starting and ending date of your Policy, and Policy number in the application if you arrange OSHC by yourself or from your agent.


  • Except for policy number, you need to include the name of Health Insurance Provider, and Starting and ending date of your Policy if your education provider arranged your OSHC. 




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Past misdeeds is an apparent reason for the rejection of visa. For example, entering the country without any plans to attend university, a suspicious history of immigration, failed applications, and so on. This kind of misdeed will be recorded, and concerned authorities of Australia can access this information anytime and anywhere. Apart from this, your past crimes also include your characters. If you have been sentenced to 12 months or more imprisonment or have been convicted of criminal history, then Australia might cancel or refuse your visa. 




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Documents are like a chain. Missing something as small as policy code or forgetting a health clearance document can break your chances of visa. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that you complete all the required documents for the visa application to complete your chain. Don’t rush. Just take your time and fill any kind of missing information on your application, and correct the one with mistakes. Check the Department of Home Affair’s website to know the documents required along with the application. 


Department of Immigration and Border Protection Checklist:


  • Certified copy of Birth Certificate, National Identity Card or Driver Licence

  • Passport with a visa label and immigration stamps for any countries.

  • Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) or letter of offer to show evidence for the intended study.

  • If under 18 years of age, the evidence of accommodation and welfare arrangements, parent consent letters, signed and witnessed.

  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Health Insurance

  • Evidence of financial capacity

  • Satisfactory test score in the English language

  • Evidence to prove a genuine intention to stay in Australia. i.e. Genuine Temporary Entrant requirements should be met.

  • Certified copies of documents in case of the name change.

  • Evidence of relationship with dependant such as marriage certificate, family book etc. 

  • Evidence of qualification and associated transcripts and employment history. 

  • Evidence of any scholarship(s) awarded for your studies in Australia.

  • If any, a signed financial undertaking from the individual(s) providing the funds, and outlining the relationship with them.




It is a big deal to study abroad. Before applying for the visa, make sure that you have every required documents and certification. Don’t even give a reason to reject your visa. Remember the main reasons to include carefully and good luck with your visa!