Why AustraliaOnline?REASONS FOR CHOOSING US TO PLAN YOUR EXPERIENCE
KNOW THE BENEFITS OF BEING REPRESENTED
BY AN EDUCATION AGENT WITH MIGRATION LICENCE
Out of the 8000+ education agents worldwide, only 10% are licensed and registered to lodge visas on behalf of their clients… and we are one of them! All our cases are revised and approved by qualified migration agents registered by MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority).
An education agent and a migration agent are not the same thing. When choosing an education/migration agency, it’s paramount to check that the number of registration is disclosed on the website, as it is a legal obligation of the migration agent. We always lodge the visas under the responsibility of a principal registered migration agent (MARN0208424), legally representing our clients with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) throughout the whole application process.
We are experts in Australia. During all these years we have not only developed an excellent school portfolio, but we have also earned an impeccable reputation and credibility within the education industry in Australia.
To date AustraliaOnline has had a visa lodgement success rate of 99.4%. The actual education agents industry benchmark sits on 90%. Know your agency’s reputation to ensure a successful visa outcome.
We choose with you the course, school and cities which align with your needs and preferences. In all our course proposals we always take into consideration and include additional holiday periods which enables full time work rights.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS, STEP BY STEP
It all starts with a meeting at our offices, which is free of charge. We also offer consultations via telephone and/or email/ Skype/Whatsapp to those who reside in different regions or are overseas. Our consultants will interview you to get a better understanding of your plans and thus recommend the best school and city according to your preference and budget.
2) CITY & SCHOOL SELECTION
Choosing the right destination is paramount: we always recommend comparing the work opportunities, study options and lifestyle each city has to offer. Our consultants know Australia very well (most of them are citizens, or have lived in Australia for a long time) and can fully recommend different destinations. You can see some of Australia’s most popular cities here.
We will assist you in the course and education provider selection, as this choice will greatly influence your experience. Our school portfolio is carefully selected and our aim is to offer our students a personalised plan combining courses, timetables and holiday breaks.
Our consultants will advise you with all the necessary documents to enrol you in the selected school and all the steps concerning the visa application process, including the medical insurance required for international students (OSHC) as well as accommodation options. We assist you obtaining the school’s Letter of Offer and Confirmation of Enrolment which are essential in a student visa application.
4) VISA APPLICATION
Once all documents are ready we coordinate with you an appointment in our offices (or online) so we can prepare your GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) document. The drafting of this document will determine to a great extent the success of your visa application. All our GTEs are reviewed by registered migration agents. Student visa applications are online and the decision process can take up to 70 days.
5) PREPARING YOUR TRIP
All done! You may purchase your air ticket once your visa is approved. We can also assist you with air fares as we also are travel agents. We can also advise you on what to (or not to!) pack for your trip to Australia according to the chosen city and season of arrival, as well as informing you on Australia’s strict customs restrictions.
6) FIRST DAYS IN AUSTRALIA
Once in Australia we will welcome you in our Sydney or Melbourne offices to provide you with orientation and assist you getting started on your Australian experience. We will assist you applying for all necessary documents to start working legally in Australia, activating your health insurance and/or giving you tips to find employment. More on our Student Services.
If you are not in Sydney or Melbourne, you will still have access to our services: we will be available for any emergency and we will assist you via phone or email.
FIND THE RIGHT COURSE
ENGLISH COURSES (ELICOS)
English schools in Australia have an outstanding quality and have gained reputation for their inclusive treatment to international students. It is never too early or too late to study English! Most of our students applying for overseas choose to first study English as a starting point in their education in Australia. You can opt to study from a minimum of 5 weeks of General English and/or additional courses such as IELTS Preparation, Cambridge PET/FCE/CAE, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and Business English, among others. When choosing an English school we recommend taking into consideration the school’s risk level according to immigration (which changes every 6 months), having a good nationality mix, flexible timetables and that their quality is approved by English Australia or NEAS.
VOCATIONAL COURSES (VET: Vocational Education and Training)
These are rather more practical courses designed to equip the student with tools to allow them to be job-ready faster. VET courses are usually segmented into Certificate III, IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma, and their duration can vary between 1 to 3 years, depending on the program. They also enable articulations with bachelor courses. VET courses are popular for their practical approach, their flexible timetables (2.5 days a week) and cheaper fees. Most of our overseas students choose to apply first to an English course and once they have improved their English in Australia, opt to extend their visas with a vocational course. Some of the most popular vocational courses include business, sport and fitness, social media, marketing, child and aged care and tourism.
HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES
Australian universities are renowned worldwide. Higher education programs in Australia are structured similarly to the ones in the US, UK and Canada, where courses are more practical-oriented. Higher education providers offer courses and levels such as bachelor degrees (3 year duration), Certificate/Graduate Diploma (6-12 months duration) and Master degrees (from 1-2 years). Requisites when applying for a bachelor degree include: proof of completion of Year 12 or having completed a year of university studies, and a valid IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent.
The requisites for Master degrees include proof of completion of a bachelor degree and having the English level required by the course of choice. Once completing any university course of at least 2 year duration, students may apply to a Graduate Visa which allows the holder to stay in Australia for further 2 years with full work rights to acquire professional experience (visa subclass 485).