UK is globally known for its world-class education, research-focused approach and practical learning opportunities however, there is ONE thing – which troubles and even cause doldrums for several international aspirants, majorly from Non-native English countries like India: when planning to study abroad.
That is none other than giving English language test. But why is it so?
Because, this hasn’t been your native language!
Then, to topple your dreams of studying abroad – you might have got stuck in a state of confusion – originating from the COVID-19 situation, and could be thinking about :
How you should give your English tests when there are several travelling disruptions in view of containing “Covid-19 widespread” ?
And then, Paper-based IELTS with limited test dates and slots are getting cancelled already for several venues…
How can I simply skip the whole English test thing and JUST get my Student visa application moving by getting a Confirmation letter (CAS) from university/college and then,
Complete other formalities of student visa alike –
Documentation and drafting of Personal statement, LORs
Getting statutory medical checks etc
which is again a “complex and lengthy affair.”
Now, if you are aiming to achieve your dream of studying abroad with no impediments or caveats obstructing your immigration pathways- at least to get beyond the first stepping stone i.e.providing Evidence of English with the required band score…
There’s a way and that is none other than applying for UK student visa to get past first “stepping stone” by not even giving IELTS.
Yes, because, UK immigration still remains quite relaxed with this aspect – at least till date…
In this blog, I will talk about the following topics :
How student visa gets accessed for evidence of english language with UK?
Let me give a quick glimpse with the aid of walkthrough here:
As of currently, UK immigration – unlike study abroad destinations like Canada or Australia, is STILL liberal with proving your knowledge of the English language.
Here’s how :
You can simply exhibit by way of attaining Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level B2 if you are going for Higher education institution (HEI) i.e degree level or above
In simple words, you are required to show your English levels – par with 5.5 IELTS or above…
UK Visas and Immigration has passed on this discretionary power for assessing English levels in the narrow sense to UK college/universities.
HEIs can choose how to assess a student’s knowledge of English.
They must still be at – CEFR level B2 if you’re studying at a degree level or higher Source
So, certainly – To interpret the last statement quoted from the official source, you would still require to meet up some “specific criteria” as required by UK university or college in order to get an IELTS waiver.
This is what I will talk about now in the next point…so keep reading further:
IELTS waiver requirement
Before even starting, I would want to make you vary of this: The condition to go towards fulfilling IELTS waiver for securing admission could vary from institution to institution and even, ranging from course to course being opted.
You can seek an IELTS waiver in three usual conditions:
Medium of instruction: Basically, You will require to show that English had been a medium of instruction in higher secondary, by getting this letter from the concerned authority in your school.
Marks minimum threshold: Your scores in 10th and 12th should be at least above 60% and above. Some institutes may even ask for marks to be above 70% for major subjects. Note – If you did your high school from state board, marks requirement could increase further!
Interview: Finally, You may be asked for a short interview to prove your command on the English language. This gets conducted with a telephonic/online or Skype interview with the admission representative from the specific university where you have got your offer letter from…
Top universities to apply without IELTS
I won’t be going much into the nitty-gritty as there has been an exhaustive list already provided by leverage edu that you can refer to and know more in-depth.
Other Alternatives to IELTS
Wondering what to do because your marks have been below 65%? Feeling struck as you aren’t able to secure admissions without IELTS. And then, you don’t want to give IELTS. Fear not!
There are other English tests options, apart from IELTS…
UK universities again have the most LIBERAL approach when it comes to acceptance for English entry requirements for undergraduate studies in the UK.
You have not one..two.. but THREE tests.. and even more apart from widely recognized IELTS, with IELTS indicator and Duolingo introduced amidst Covid-19.
I strongly presume that most of the aspirants are already familar with IELTS. Henceforth, without talking precisely about IELTS, I would quickly bring your attention to English tests such as Duolingo and Pearson test of English – which have been introduced quite recently for UK study amidst Covid-19
Introduced during Covid-19 lockdown juncture – and undoubtedly, it has gained much admiration due to several reasons like being easier, shorter duration test and you get quick result turnaround etc.
And then, for the computer-savvy candidates – you have this as the most viable test option to score higher if we compare the test levels with IELTS…
These above trustworthy words are coming from a test taker, none other than me, having extensive experience in Information technology domain and gave all 3 distinguished popular English Proficiency tests (CD-IELTS, PTE and Duolingo)— and got 7+ band score (Proficiency English level scores) in all of them!
Coming back to advantages which are being mentioned to affirm standpoint as to why PTE becomes one of the favourite English tests to score and achieve desired band score :
✔️Superfast exam results – 2-3 days (even within 48 hours) = Enabling you to have faster Visa process ✔️ Listening and reading ON EASIER SIDE
Therefore – It has become the FAVORITE test for people who are familiar with the basic functioning of working on computers!
So, Certainly in light of wide acceptance by UK institutes and specific test being easier to SCORE – if IELTS and Duolingo don’t work for you, PTE should!
What UK’s new Points-Based Immigration System says for studying in 2021 for English language requirement?
Before I get on to let you know as to how studying in the UK is being accessed through new Points-based system from 2021:
Let me quickly bring some facts across through reliable sources showing why it will IMMENSELY benefit Indian skilled migrants, the most!
There have been strong optimistic words coming from all spheres saying that “UK Point-based system will immensely benefit Indians planning to study, work or live in UK” as even said by UK India British Council
Likened to the Australian system, the Home Office say it will prioritise the brightest and best from around the world to support the needs of the UK economy.
The scheme should benefit Indians by effectively eliminating the discrepancy between those applying to work in the UK from within and outside of the EU.
So, if we take it in further with what history has to say – The above thesis could be a ground breaker here for the UK with a points-based system.
UK Points system – 2021 for study purposes
Going back to talk precisely about the points system which was introduced recently, it will now be altered with the total points required criteria, if you want to get a successful Student Visa grant for the UK. This is what it covers now:
Students will have to get 70 points as per the table above
English language requirement has also been added with the new points-based assessment
Now, There’s a lot of confusion with experts in the education sector refuting statements of each other – put across.
The confusion is around – “Whether English language requirement has become compulsory?” to gain required points with new points system or, will UK still continue with the earlier policy of letting English levels be accessed by colleges and universities?
But…But..But.. if you will see it while being “hawk-eyed”, there is something else on the face of records –
Firstly, you will see that the new point system doesn’t squarely reveal or mention any English tests along with minimum score level which is similar to the earlier policy. There had been CEFR levels earlier which could be compared for required IELTS band scores!
Secondly, the English language requirement is still mentioned at a broader level in the current official document.
So, It can be concluded at least for now – that UK immigration could carry forward the similar assessment criteria, keeping in view – the similar CEFR levels as seen currently.
And yes – there’s GOOD news…
UK Immigration has decided to carry forward similar CEFR levels in the new points-based system at least for now! So, Universities and colleges are accepting admissions without IELTS even in 2021.
How can we help with Student Visa applications for UK?
There should be absolutely no doubt in your mind by now – about the benefits of studying in the UK as an international student and how you can get past the major roadblock and still get a confirmation letter from your desired university with the UK having the most relaxed norms for proving English levels.
But, if you are worried about how to take the next course of action, fret not.
Fly2Victory can guide you through a step-by-step process to eliminate the chances of student visa refusal, meet immigration formalities and secure admissions in the UK university of your choice.
The fact remains undisputed that Covid-19 again with widespread lockdown has taken everyone back by surprise – seeing the restrictive change in lifestyle, the standard of living etc.
However, Irrespective of the stringent guidelines imposed by almost all countries – Tech companies still continue to spread their wings and grow even MORE because of increasing demand for online trends…
Amazingly, Such online trends will continue to grow even after the Post-Pandemic period as also said by Forbes –
Luckily, in a post-COVID-19 world, technology will be able to help companies and people adapt to the lasting operational, behavioral and psychological changes brought on by the pandemic.
And GUESS what – Who are the major beneficiary?
None other than the test takers – who would know how to work on computers or even do basic typing. Here’s why :
They will be able to give online English tests – like the IELTS indicator or Duolingo from the “comfort” of their home
Even when lockdown is lifted, they are good to go and give Computer Delivered tests such as IELTS or PTE in dedicated test centres, and not like remote ones- we have for paper-based IELTS
Here’s the main benefit these test-takers will get– if they are able to get the desired band score ASAP?
Their FIRST stepping step towards fulfilling Immigration requirements will already be set and done.
Here’s how: the sooner you get your desired band score, the faster you should be able to move on further with your English entry requirement asked by most institutes abroad…and then, obviously- there won’t be much left to start with Visa filing application!
Also, Here’s some great news..
Online English tests like the IELTS indicator are already being widely accepted now by colleges and educational institutes in Canada, UK or Australia – the list is increasing and our most recent Facebook post with stats from the official IELTS indicator site, also testify this point ⬇️
In this post, I’m also going to show you how Online English tests are becoming increasingly popular and going to be the FUTURE for getting your Immigration process to speed up including studying, skilled migration or settling abroad.
And yes- you are getting this well-researched information from a test-taker who is none other than me – who has given all 3 tests from 2019 onwards- PTE, Computer Delivered IELTS and Duolingo in short time span and got Proficient English Score 🙂
In other words: these Computer-delivered or online tests are going to be a path breaker for the 21st century.
Now, Let’s dive now right in to know the primary reasons :
Computer Delivered Test centers have started to open now!
Test centers for both PTE and CD-IELTS are opening now in most of the cities – henceforth, your DREAMS for unlocking your global career can now be seen happening..
– Colleges shifting to online classes – Chances of educational gap, Bad habit building building over time.. – Motivational levels going down.
Reason #1: Social gathering (larger) isn’t going to be allowed sooner or later
I will start from the earlier stages when Covid-19 erupted…
Did we see any announcement by any of the developed nations including Australia, US, Canada, UK saying to allow large social gatherings even when lockdown has started to get eased?
The answer is clear – NO.
When most of the countries across the world announced lockdown – the first precautionary measures that came into effect were face coverings and social distancing so every measure is devoid of keeping larger group gathering at bay.
Logically – Recent announcements have emphasized just to not allow large group gathering as part of social distancing where most of the places or businesses which might increase the widespread by way of larger gatherings have been told strict “no”.
Henceforth, Large group gatherings will be the first thing not to be ALLOWED at any costs!
I had referred above to the country which has seen the growth rate of new coronavirus cases shrink MOST significantly and India is way ahead in terms of Covid-19 case numbers.
And even when businesses are allowed to re-open such as ones that conduct paper-based IELTS, several rules/regulations may apply which could certainly be discouraging for the test-takers who are inclined to take Paper-based IELTS…
Mostly, Paper-based IELTS is conducted at fixed places so most of the test-takers travel from distant places. So, coming from a far away place and then, seeing disappointments like test cancellation, test rescheduled would be worrying!
Will larger gatherings disallowance affect Paper-based IELTS – remote centres?
Yes – It will and here are the major reason or hurdle, in other terms –
More regulatory norms will be there..
Remote test centres for Paper-based IELTS are usually held in larger halls, preferably Hotels. Now for holding such test-type events – Hotels will need to comply with several norms put in place by the local authorities. Such rented spaces are usually chosen by the Co-owners as they can accommodate at least 300+ test-takers in one go – ever since Paper-based IELTS are deemed to be getting conducted twice a month.
And then, with lockdown imposed again in India, hotels are still not exempted from opening up. And, the irony is no one knows when this will reinstate? Now, this clearly signifies that places that might be prone to larger gatherings will not be given leverage by the Indian Govt. so quickly.
Reason #2: Duolingo (Online) English Test popularity
One will be amazed to see the increase in trend in Duolingo search volume (seen below) in just a matter of the last few months – which did not even see the light of day earlier from SO many years!
And, The popularity for Duolingo has come up after the test opened up as an “accepted” English test for several institutions amidst Covid-19…
The popularity amongst test-takers still hasn’t faded and keeps increasing day by day.
Now, here are some core reasons for Duolingo getting popular..
Now, if you see the numbers of colleges and educational institutes in Canada or the United Kingdom, already accepting Duolingo for availing “Offer Letter” – You will see astonishing figures which have certainly skyrocketed from last year 2020 since lockdown got imposed first:
The question which strikes most of the test takers specifically, when India has MAXIMUM non-native English speakers is –
“Do we have any alternative to IELTS or PTE as they are quite tough to get desired band score – usually 6+ for increasing your chances for getting admission in reputable college?”
So, Here this is – undoubtedly the real alternative which is much easier to score and then, it won’t be exhausting because the whole test gets completed in just less than 1 hour.
Duolingo vs. IELTS score comparison
To affirm the point of Duolingo being easier to score – See the Equivalency table below and you will see that if even if you score 100+ in Duolingo, You have already got the desired band score ever since it will be equal to 6+ IELTS band score – Amazing, Isn’t it?
And then – Obviously, This will make your journey easier for securing an Offer letter from renowned colleges…
Reason #3: IELTS transition to Computer-Delivered and then, to IELTS Indicator (Online) test
IELTS took everyone by surprise in 2018 when they introduced their cloud-based test – Computer-delivered IELTS (herewith referred to as “CD-IELTS”) and then, there has been no looking back – only, SURGE and SURGE in terms of technological advancements by the Co-owners.
Now, you might be wondering if there are ACTUAL tangible benefits for giving such tests on Computers? Well, there are ample benefits out of which I wish to name a few –
Speaking is going to be only different here in IELTS indicator – which will be not person to person like seen in the usual IELTS test, although, basic strategies and methodology to be deployed are going to be same for success!
Here’s the main difference – You will be simply interacting with the examiner via Zoom video conferencing.
“The Academic test is available for a limited time while IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19… ” so we can take it with much firm mindset that CD-IELTS will take dominance again over Paper-based IELTS owing to large gathering restrictions and others which I had shared earlier in this post..
How can it be said that CD-IELTS is still going to be the future?
Well – there are clear signs that offline test centres might not see their light of day so easily. Check them out below :
Seeing the current pandemic situation
Measures being taken by the Indian Government to contain widespread
No places yet being ordered to open which can invite large group gatherings
And then – CD-IELTS test centers have been constructed to accommodate around 20-50 test-takers at ONE GO so this much gathering is still being allowed on a gradual basis!
Reason #4: – Colleges shifting to online classes – Chances of educational gap, Bad habit building building over time.. – Motivational levels going down..
I know that I have added several reasons in “Single package- Reason #4” but couldn’t refrain from doing so ever since all are linked to each other.
Let me explain HOW –
Online classes linked to cover up for Educational gaps and other benefits..
Most of the colleges are almost ready whilst, some getting ready to start their fall semesters without undue delays and then GUESS what – there is government support also coming from all sphere like Postgraduate Work Permit which is referred to as “Work after study” in layman terms announced to cover the course even taken through online learning.
Such bonafide measure would squarely help the international students who are not able to make it to destination college for studying owing to border restrictions which can be either ways – origin or destination as their semesters would still remain in continuity through online learning.
Educational gap can be created..
The reason for major surge and interest in Online English tests is also to overcome the inevitable Education gap..
In case, you are not aware about the adverse consequences what education gap will bring – Read on :
Did you know that colleges and universities check for education gap aspect when reviewing application of student? And if they find that the gap is not justified with clear documentary evidences – this would cause impediment for your offer letter grant!
Educational gap going beyond one year or beyond, can certainly cause obstacles from very beginning so why to even let it happen for a chance? Why would you want your application to become :
redundant with so many statements
for the sake of justifying educational gaps, then?
Infact, Adding SO much details would also not help the college application reviewer and might have his focus diverted from other important points which would actually add credibility to your profile, making it MUCH easier for the college application reviewer to grant you Offer letter…
Chance of developing Bad habit – Procrastination
I would not go much into nitty-gritty here..
Firstly, Let’s know the meaning of Procrastination-
In the light of legit reasons given above supported with facts – there is no deniable truth that Online English tests are the FUTURE (Adding quick summary below to corroborate)
With so many colleges already accepting IELTS Indicator and Duolingo as English language Proficiency Requirements amid Covid-19 lockdown
Seeing the way, IELTS have been transformed with CD-IELTS and NOW, they are also primarily focussed onto promoting CD-IELTS as much as possible..
PTE already in place – which had origin from being Computer-based from the VERY BEGINNING..
Are you still not convinced that Online English tests will be the future? – ever since Paper based IELTS has been much more comfortable and ALWAYS popular amongst test takers.
Let me know in the comments below WHY you still feel Paper based IELTS won’t fade away 🙂
Stay strong and motivated!
It is easy to get swayed by all the negative vibes the coronavirus pandemic has caused in our everyday lives – as a result, we forget how in times of crisis there presents an opportunity for human kindness to reveal itself..
Yes! It will be accepted but do remember that you can solely give IELTS Academic with IELTS indicator. So if you are applying for a Permanent Residency or visa related to working abroad, you will require to give IELTS General for which you will require to give in remote test centres.
Yes! there is a possibility if you have an individual band score of 5.5 in 1-2 modules although, it is the sole discretion of the admission officer in specific colleges or universities.
And it would also depend upon the course you apply for.
Usually, the English language proficiency requirement is always given on the courses page on the official sites of colleges/universities under “English entry requirements”.
However, It is always appropriate to have a minimum 6.0 band score which is also mentioned for the popular Student Direct Stream (SDS) program by Canada for a study permit.
There are several points to support this standpoint such as
Writing – Word count + No handwriting worries+ Easy to edit = this is the NICHE advantage..
No page flipping
Personalized settings on computer for easy viewing
Although, It is more about personal preferences as to which test taker prefers as the content (difficulty, time frame, number of questions, question types etc) are similar in both – IELTS computer-delivered – herewith referred to as “CD-IELTS” and IELTS paper-based.
Yes, You can ever since all the official immigration sites – Australia, Canada or United kingdom are already accepting Online Visa Applications.
Well – It is more about asking your “Inner instincts” and ask these questions to yourself:
What it is going to be be studying abroad?
How it will raise your learning experience?
Why is it essential for your future?
How study abroad will uplift your employment chances?
And – If you are getting a positive response – go Ahead or, if you are unsure currently, get your profile accessed for now and then, apply for future intakes i.e.when the conditions are favourable.
It is actually easy to get distracted or overwhelmed during such unprecedented times of Covid-19.
Firstly, Do not get overwhelmed or put too much pressure which could even result in anxiety. Instead, Keep the end goal into mind and remember that acing this test is one of the most important stepping stone for immigration pathways.
Then, Practice self-compassion which is extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering. You should not get carried away by negative vibes.
Follow a structured study plan by enrolling with us which already has the ingredients to get 80% results with 20% efforts.
As of currently, Canadian educational institutes have outnumbered others. Already 139+ institutes in Canada are accepting the online Duolingo test.
Yes, The major surge in popularity has been due to it being way easier than other equivalent English language Proficiency tests and then, it can be given from the comfort of your home. Not to forget, it is very cost-effective in comparison with IELTS/PTE
No. Not at all! In fact, It is the easiest amongst all other English tests, subject to you being able to handle a bit of complexity because you will face questions coming from all four modules – Reading, listening, speaking and writing at one go…
Yes, As many times, however, why take a chance and spend a hefty amount by retaking it again and again? Also, You cannot expect DIFFERENT results if you are committing similar mistakes again and again with no proper review or improvement upon them.
Instead, We always prefer to have you get the desired band score in one go by:
Following structured study plan even for online english tests
Not repeat similar mistakes again and again after referring to stats and VALUABLE data from score analyzer made precisely for this purpose.
Precisely know your strong and weak areas for each module types.
Make it easier for our trainers to work on the weaknesses with score insights, checklists and assessments
With COVID-19 taking the world by storm, it must have also put a pause on your international study dreams to study in world class study destinations such as Australia, United Kingdom or Canada..
And there could be several worrying questions:
Is Visa application even being processed during such uncertain times?
Is admission process being stalled due to ongoing border restrictions?
Will I get scholarship assistance with strong academic profile?
Will Post graduate Work permit take into account – if I enroll for online course study?
What bonafide measures are Governments taking to instill confidence for international students?
or even more might be popping up in your mind…
In this post – Have made references or cited specific examples to support varied standpoints however, do see that certain references may differ for other countries..
While your concerns are genuine and undeniable however, be ASSURED that they have mostly stemmed from purported rumours and misleading information you may be reading or hearing.
I am going to uncover and debunk [expose the hollowness] of varied baseless myths which are being circulated further in this blog post – however – before that :
Let me exhibitstats from surveys which clearly shows that “Vast majority of Indian students are still keen to study abroad in near future”
This certainly asserts the fact that most of the aspirants are STILL willing to go against the tides in order to fulfill their ambitions after recognizing that pros outweigh cons such as way better employment opportunity, diversified exposure, and a higher standard of living etc…
So, regardless of we living through unprecedented Covid-19 times – Insane myths are going to be busted sooner or later…
But, If you are expecting to still WAIT for the right moment with all-in-one solution where there is ALL positive news – you are in for illusive mindset and that won’t actually help.
And then, trust me – Things would get TOUGHER if you keep delaying because eventually, time doesn’t come back for anyone..in the last, you will left solely with REGRETS!
International education represents a significant economic benefit to Canada, with international students contributing $21.6 billion to Canada’s GDP and supporting nearly 170,000 jobs in 2018
A new study finds that a single annual cohort of international graduates will contribute more than £3 billion to public finances in Britain through taxes and other remittances
Henceforth, Educational institutes are unlikely to ban admissions in view of the inauspicious impact…
MOREOVER – Most countries are working in true spirit on extending complete support to their international students and then – the countries certainly remain oriented towards “Projected growth” shown below:
“International students contribute significantly to universities’ ability to be world-class. They augment domestic student revenue significantly, but they also help us compete with other countries for the global talent pool that fuels the knowledge economy.” – Victoria University Vice-chancellor Grant Guilford Source
And then, there is some extensive support for current International students or new intakes – already in limelight..
To name a few :
The Deakin University of Australia has offered fee waivers, easy exit options and initiate full refund for international students, to provide some assurance to students and their parents who may be unfamiliar with online learning
International students who hold a valid study permit granted before or on March 18, 2020, are allowed to travel to Canada to pursue their studies.
So, considering the above monetary influx coming through international tertiary education and then, prominent educational institutes are offering several lucrative benefits including fee waivers, IELTS relaxations, online classes or provisional admissions to lure international students :
It would be completely unwise to stand firm with the above myth..
Myth#2 : Study Visa applications are being rejected due to Covid-19
This is completely FALSE…
This is The truth -
Infact, The below screenshots taken from official Immigration sites – Canada, UK – clearly portrays that even amidst Covid-19, Most of the countries are STILL very much accepting online Visa applications – and ever since, all of them are developed nations – well equipped with latest technology trends, You can be at EASE and not worry about your application being rejected atleast due to reasons stemming from Covid -19.
Yet – If someone beloved might have told you this VAGUE Covid-19 reason for refusal, Do ask him to give it in writing. Guess what? He will vanish after you say this 🙂
As a matter of fact – These nations had invested heavily in new digital systems and strategies for application processing and will continue to do so like announced by Canada recently..
If still astonished by your Visa refusal which I am sure could be other unearthed reasons:
Myth#3:Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Applications won’t take online semester study into account…
This is FALSE…
This is The truth -
Infact – taking Canada higher studies for instance, International students enrolled in fall 2020 batches can complete up to 50% of their course online if they are unable to travel to Canada. This time for online coursework will not be penalized or deducted from the period of their future PGWP.
Now – that SOUNDS great if you are getting PGWP application – taking the online course study duration also into consideration..
And – Yes, Such initiatives have been taken for the FIRST TIME where online course duration is also being considered for PGWP.
Wishing to know in context with advantages related to PGWP, Check out facts which are being unfolded in next myth [..the MOST tangible advantage – Post graduate work permit]
To add “icing to the cake” – UK has already confirmed that overseas students will remain eligible for post-study work rights after graduation even if they take online classes in 2020-21 academic year.
Myth#4:Students Unable to Attend In-Person Classes will Have to Forego Their Admission
This is FALSE…
This is The truth -
Infact, To overcome the inevitable situation – Many universities across Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand and others are offering online classes for summer and fall 2020 semester and deploying all systems, processes with needed measures to ensure that the coming intakes don’t suffer due to any sort of shortcomings.
Harvard University has announced a hybrid approach – international students can opt for both online and campus classes this fall semester.
And then, here – you have the MOST tangible advantage – Post graduate work permit :
Attending online classes through distant learning would be counted as part of course study which was not the case prior to COVID-19 and most of universities and educational institutes have already adapted well to the technological development and continue to do so..
If your program was 2 years or more, Canada Immigration may give you a PGWP that’s valid for 3 years. Almost, Similar criteria apply for Australia, UK graduate route .
Majorly, to sum it up – Your course study from online classes would also be counted for Post Graduate Work Permit [PGWP] – Canada PGWP reference
Myth#5:Universities will No Longer Provide Scholarship Assistance to International Students
This is FALSE…
This is The truth -
Even amidst Covid-19, Universities are working out ways to provide some kind of monetary relief to their overseas students. Moreover, Many universities are also refunding or reducing fees for students who opt for online courses.
Henceforth, Students who were hoping to get a scholarship or monetary assistance from foreign universities upon admission need not worry – subject to profile assessment…
Now, talking particularly about some renowned universities:
LaTrobe University, Australia has come up with various scholarship plans for undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate research students.
Myth#6:International Student Support and Welfare, not materialized..
This is FALSE…
This is The truth -
Well..Well..Well.. – The concerned authorities of developed nations are more concerned that even beyond our thinking process owing to economic development – International students bring onboard?
Here’s how Countries have been responding spontaneously:
In due course – The tertiary education sector from these nations, catering to international students have already deployed proactive measures and are working hard to support the health, well being, and academic success of international students, even during these hard times..
And, you won’t believe that for this purpose specifically to safeguard best interests of international students – Governments have prudently created portals highlighting updates and measures, they have been taking from time to time.
And then, the support doesn’t just extend from national level – Support packages have also been created from state levels also in countries like Australia.
Here’s few references –
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – The Red Cross will also work with tertiary institutions to provide $150,000 in ACT Government support to international students who have been impacted by COVID-19 and fallen onto financial hardship.
South Australia – A new $13.8 million support package for international students as part of the Community & Jobs Support Fund has been launched to support international students currently residing in the state and facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
Likewise, These support packages have been designed to support the international students facing hardships during such unimaginable times.
Such hardship fund have been engineered to help keep vulnerable international students afloat during the crisis.
With coronavirus infections dramatically down and plans afoot to significantly open the Australian economy, the Australian government has announced a pilot project to bring back international students to some universities as soon as July.2020 [Source – ICEF]
Unfavorable impacts if you fall prey tomyths and misinformation..
Firstly – there isn’t any medicine or VACCINE discovered till date to cure negative vibes or falling prey to “unworthy” myths – only you can CONTROL it yourself by changing your mindset and most importantly, trust your “inner instincts”
Just think in this manner as the pandemic unfolds – What will happen if you fall prey to these myths?
Let me answer this – it could be detrimental to your education and career goals or to put it in absolute term – future prospects!
Here’s how :
1. Changing Immigration Rules and Regulations may Turn Unfavourable
After the onset of COVID-19, many countries are introducing immigration-friendly policies for economic revival. You could miss this opportunity if you delay or call off your plan to study abroad, maybe – for another year or even later…
For instance, I wish to cite some examples supporting the above viewpoint:
A complete overhaul of how Canada processes immigration applications is in the works as the government braces for post-pandemic demand for migration to Canada. – Source
2. Educational Gap
Are you ready to take a one-year hiatus in your education journey? Would you be fine to see your peers move abroad for higher studies and leap forward to new milestones while you stay back in India? If your answer is no, then you need to rethink your decision.
3. Procrastination shaping up with prolonged time..
Today it is COVID-19, tomorrow it could be some other issue. If you keep putting off your decision to explore international study opportunities when things get better, you are losing valuable time – which would OBVIOUSLY not come back..
Do you know that still 91% of Indian students are firm with their original plan to study in an international university and move abroad within the next 6-10 months?
So – Get going with pursuing world-class studies taking long term BENEFITS into consideration..and don’t wait for MUCH better opportunity or panic monster as shown above – might catch hold of you 🙂
Now, the question is whether you are among this 91% or the rest.. If still not, Would love to hear your thoughts in the “comment section” below..
How to Power Your study abroad dreams?
Before even delving further with this topic, I would like to ask you –
Would you want to study and bring your career prospects to the NEXT level while also, having a sense of being – the safest on the planet and not confront deadly virus diseases?
If yes with moving to the NEXT level – Read further :
Let me bring these important facts which would certainly level up your mindset to know that you would be LANDING in one of safest nations in the world who have done a commendable job with flattening the Covid-19 curve subject to choosing them as your preferred study destination :
Australia has been declared as one of ‘Safest Place in the World’ as the nation has already managed to contain pandemic with some states having flattened the curve to “NULL” stage and the Govt. is already planning to open borders for International students as early as July.20
New Zealand declared itself to be Virus-Free although, some few -2-3 cases have sprung up quite recently but still considering the magnitude of cases across other nations – It is really QUITE safe..
Now – you need to make the best of the opportunities available to you at present, albeit even slowly and gradually till the border restrictions also get lifted with time and then, aligning with the myth busters..
1. Get past – First stepping stone for Immigration pathways
Yes – You heard it right! IELTS or PTE English proficiency tests are ACTUALLY the stepping stone to head your Visa application in right direction..
And getting minimum band scores is the key for smooth immigration pathways – as these widely recognized tests are the “first pre requisite” to get an offer letter from college/university or to be eligible for Study Visa requirements.
You can appear for these tests and speed up your visa process to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other countries. Book your consultation for online test preparation now!
And then – Usually, it would usually take around 1-5 months to prepare seamlessly for IELTS or PTE although, time frame for preparation would depend upon varied factors outlined in quora answer given by us.
2. Eligibility check
In view of Covid-19 border restrictions – Visa application processing times are certainly longer than usual so meanwhile, you can always have your documents organized after having your eligibility checked by us ..
Thereafter, You can relish concierge service – Watch your documentation, drafting, and rest of the process being done, ensuring everything to be clear of common mistakes — a dedicated team member from Fly2victory will help make sure your forms and documents are being set alright!
And then – As per 21st century trend, We will file your application online after rigorous proofreading on timely basis. Always remember that constructive documentation, drafting and proofreading is a time consuming and complex process..
In simple terms : Faster the Visa filing, more the chances for “Acceptance”
This would enable to not deter your file with DELAYS and then, get lost in pile of papers at a later stage not serving any tangible purpose as the Case officer would pay much attention after “Quota” for specific year – international students has been attained..
Applications being accepted in the early SLOTS have higher chances of acceptance owing to a fixed quota system which has been decided on prior basis by immigration departments.
3. And then, powering your Study abroad dreams would lead to..
Making your pathways LUMINOUS for Permanent Residency..
“International students are also often excellent candidates to apply to remain in Canada permanently, with nearly 54,000 former students becoming permanent residents in Canada in 2018.” – Forbes
Henceforth, Considering the above stats from 2018 – the figures for more International students becoming permanent residents are bound to grow, thereby, giving you permanent exposure to the vibrant and developed economy..
Connecting the dots : Here’s how studying abroad will get you ready for Permanent Residency?
Permanent residency road map usually starts with student visa 》going over towards attaining Post graduate work permit 》making way easier to get the desired points for the invitation to apply for Permanent residency with foreign work experience..
And then – not to forget, Your application will resonate more with local employers in developed countries if you gain foreign experience..
“An international experience will make you a confident, social, understanding individual with great organisational skills…and that means people will want to hire you!”
And no matter your current circumstances, it’s never too late to adjust your mindset and bring positivity at the very outset- you need to take to become a high achiever and live an enriching life..
So, Where’s the wait…then?
Our tie-up with MARA agent will make your visa filing process easy and uncomplicated with seamless documentation. We will ensure that your application is strong and convincing enough for the case officer to grant you a successful visa for Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the UK.
Nonetheless, You can always take advantage of favorable immigration rules, in force amidst Covid-19, and start with your Study Visa application – apply for Winter intake -2021 when it is strongly anticipated that border restrictions will be lifted for the particular student segment by then..
As, Some universities are even giving international students the option to defer their courses to the next semester or year.
Incase, Your mind refute the facts put across by me – let me know in the comment section below and I would be glad to clarify any sort of doubts
If you are planning to start with your Visa application process OR
If you’re getting overwhelmed /frustrated after getting refusal with your Student Visa for Australia OR
If the visa of your dependent has come to a standstill.
To add to all the above, you might be facing obstacles in your further decision-making process now due to the unexpected “Covid-19 pandemic period” as there could be reasons such as border restrictions troubling you…
You can’t escape from hearing about 7 alarming refusal reasons for Australia Student Visa- this blog post has to convey.
Because you would be able to get your application filing for an Australia student visa in the right direction- from the very BEGINNING if you are with me till the end of this blog post…
And this even goes for reapplying after refusal!
But do remember – Constructive and planned approach also plays an important role to get success with your Visa grant!
Also to attach strings for refusal reasons – I would also be covering PROVEN ways as to how you can not be victimized by refusal with reasonable solutions. All these reasons and solutions come after reviewing several refusal letters for Australia student visa.
After analyzing recurrent problems with supporting applications/grounds stated in such refusal letters – I have come to realize that a cohort of applicants hascommon grounds for refusal HOWEVER, they are still unable to figure out the obvious!
So here, in this extensive post, I’ll show you:
What are the most common reasons for refusal?
How is the Department of home affairs, Australia distinguishable with their screening process?
Why had the refusal rate skyrocketed in 2019 for International students from India?
So, If you want to ACTUALLY find success with Visa Grant and not contrarily, jeopardize your chances for pursuing “World-class” higher studies in Australia, you’ve come to the RIGHT PLACE.
And yes – you cannot go WRONG with a Registered Migration Agent from Australia whom we have tied up with, to make your Visa filing process easy and uncomplicated with seamless documentation/drafting – ensuring that your application is convincing for the Case officer at FIRST SIGHT!
Reason#1. Inconsistences in information being provided or false/bogus documents..
Do you know that there are still several student aspirants who still prefer the “instant gratification” route? And they forget that this is actually the dangerous route to achieve their goals/dreams quickly…
When chasing the instant gratification route – they resort to all sort of false activities like providing bogus documents or misleading statements etc. to satisfy their gratification route and get a Visa grant (at any cost).
Here’s why resorting to false activites won’t work:
You won’t get past the scrutiny levels…
Even if you can (by chance) get away from the high-level scrutiny measures which are usually backed by forensic testing, by the Department of Home Affairs, Australia – you are certainly under WRONG assumptions.
Scrutiny levels as said above are pretty detailed and closely done! And stats from 2019 are here to prove this…
Some of the past stats from 2019 have shown rejections at a much larger scale- even, putting India to assessment level-3 – high-risk category.
Therefore, with this level of background check, it becomes really tough to evade the scrutiny process!
By going through the source site above, you must have got a clear idea as to why refusal rates skyrocketed for International students from India in the past.
And then, here’s more to add to the stats :
In Australia last year, 28,000 students were refused a visa – that’s 8% of all student visa applications. [Source]
So, Certainly – Bogus or invalid documents will not take you much far and instead, on the opposite, will land you into trouble!
Reason#2. Application not backed by appropriate evidence
Again, This is one of the most common reason for rejection.
The student applicant is required to support his/her statements in application with particular documents.
In layman terms – You are required to prove your claims made in the application with evidentiary documents. So, justification is the key here to get your statements be proven right!
As shown in the above picture (screenshot) where one of the common conclusions is stated, the case officer had not been satisfied after weighing all the factors as outlined in Genuine temporary entrant requirement, therefore, the rejection.
And this happens usually due to bad drafting or not adding appropriate documents to prove your statements, as and when required!
Then – To name a few where, The case officer might not be convinced if you are unable to prove:
How you intend to align your intention to study for a specific course/program based upon your academic profile, to date?
How you intend to show the value of the program you wish to pursue with your professional career ahead?
What constructive work have you done or initiative was taken during the interim (gap) period if there had been an educational gap?
Ultimately, If there aren’t sufficient documents to back up your statements and put weight on them- refusal will come to hurt you!
Reason#3. Inserting all the eggs in one basket
Well, You must have guessed by now as to what I mean here. If not, Read on –
Based upon my experience whilst working with our affiliated Registered migration agent where we had gone through several statement of purpose (SOP) of applicants..
Our initial findings concluded the biggest mistake :
The primary applicant had left NO stone unturned by adding WHOLE nuclear family to file at ONE GO!
This meant that filing an application on a concurrent basis for both – applicant and spouse (including dependant children)
Firstly, See the expenses that will skyrocket at the beginning itself!
And then – there are major problematic strings attached with doing all this :
Calling the unheard information – Suppose, Your spouse had a Visa refusal in the past 10 years. Now, That might cause an impediment for you (the primary applicant) even if you have a clean profile with good academic records. This is when your application was good to go for a successful grant.
Remember: the Case officer most of the time, extend his /her reach to go through all documents of applicants whose names appear in some way or the other in the filing.
Financial information complexity – Yes, Financial documents and transactions to establish the financial capacity for the whole nuclear family would increase to a great extent i.e.almost just DOUBLE the amount of what you would have shown if applying solely.
You will make your file COMPLEX for the Case officer with so many details added as that would call for more in-depth scrutiny.
Ever since you will put all your resources into doing one thing. And if it fails, see the consequences- you will have no alternatives or options left after that.
Instead, I strongly recommend applying for Visa for every close family member on a sequential basis meaning – one by one, and that too, after the primary applicant secures a part-time job, gets settled whilst pursuing higher studies on Student Visa.
Don’t get misguided by this notion which might come by your “lucky” agent – if you could have already applied for your Student Visa application, where the “lucky” agent had given you a lucrative offer of “Fees after Visa” 🙂
This is what such agent might say to convince and get your Case –
Apply altogether and all of you will FIND success in Visa Grant – while I will also charge less if you are willing to give me concurrent applications to file together – Your “Beloved” Agent 🙂
And then, Guess what usually happens?
Apart from Visa being refused – A refusal letter will not outline such narrow reasons because the case officer who accesses your file doesn’t have that MUCH adequate time neither are they obligated to do so – as they have to see several files…
So, eventually, you could face a tough time with refusal coming for not just one family member but everyone.
The detailed findings related to reasons for refusal in such case can solely be told by competent professionals in the immigration field.
Reason#4. Hiding some crucial information in application
Now – This is a serious offence and can lead to grave consequences including Visa cancellation or ban up to 10 years leaving no ground for appeal too!
Concealment (hiding) of crucial information- including past refusals from another country/s is unacceptable by the Visa authorities. In fact, you are required to incorporate refusal for a similar Visa type if refused in the past – even from other countries.
Even, you are required to show your travel history, too.
This specific clause is even mentioned in the Genuine temporary entrant requirement.
And yes, as outlined earlier – Even if you intentionally or with ulterior motive try to hide important information, the immigration department, Australia can eventually catch hold of your moves even at a later stage.
In fact, on the contrary, we always recommend being GENUINE and state a clear/concise explanation, devoid of fluff. The case officer will appreciate your integrity and honesty if you follow this route.
And then, you might be wondering if only your file will get affected by doing all this?
No – It could result in Consequential Cancellation meaning –
If Your Visa Is Cancelled, Your Family Member’s Visa May Too Be at Risk too
Reason#5. Inappropriate Character or health grounds
If you are found as per assessment by the Department of Home affairs that you would present a risk to the Australian community or a segment of that community or he or she believes that you may not pass the character test – You may be refused Visa at that very moment.
Although, under such circumstances – The discretionary officer may get back to you to know as to why your visa application should not be refused on such grounds.
But remember – this doesn’t happen ALWAYS.
Reason#6. Failure to meet English Language Proficiency levels
Since English is the primary language of instruction and communication at all Australian Educational Institutes – you must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English for which preparing for English proficiency tests and securing required band score is mandatory.
Non-native English speakers from countries like India are required to submit IELTS, PTE or TOFEL scorecard as part of the English proficiency test requirement (ELP).
Failure in doing so or even submission of scores below minimum score requirements can result in your Visa application being rejected.
Alternate option with band scores near threshold
If you have given your IELTS or PTE test and struggling to get the desired band score, Contact us and we can explore many viable and seamless opportunities with foundation/pathway programs being offered by renowned colleges/universities in Australia.
Reason#7. No proper Financial documents to corroborate your financial well-being to support for at least 12 months
Well, This is the major prerequisite (requirement) which is even outlined in the Genuine temporary entrant criterion and without showing your clear access to funding sources – your application will go for a toss!
You are required to PORTRAY yourself to be financially sufficient and show that you can manage your financial expenses including travelling, tuition fees for 1 year, accommodation, and misc. expenses for at least up to 12 months.
Now – the financial proofs here for tuition fees don’t get relaxation but yes, you usually get leverage to pay tuition fees. Most of the time- you have to pay upfront: 1-semester fees for availing Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from a particular college or university.
Contact us today to such options where you can get tuition fee relaxations.
Here’s why connecting the funding source is important?
Case officers will examine your previous financial and employment history thoroughly and the source of income for your studies and expenses when you apply for a Student visa – whether it is a bank loan or cash assets or any other fixed assets?
If you have relied on a financial loan, those funds must be deposited into a bank account before you apply. You’ll need unrestricted access without any chance for obstructions and prove you can meet the loan repayments over a longer period.
And yes – It can be a bit crafty or tricky to provide evidence of funds to corroborate your financial side – as you are required to support your claims with documents. Documents here should be self-explanatory to prove your statements.
Now, in case you have relied on financial support from a close relative – you need to ensure that there’s genuine access to funds. In a nutshell, you have to get it right by proving :
Evidence of the relationship
History of financial support
And yes, you would be at an advantage if the similar person had funded someone earlier also for a similar Visa type!
Not being added in a lump sum just for the sake of exhibiting them as “Proof of funds”
Yet, you get an advantage here..
Yes – you heard it right. Irrespective of higher scrutiny levels, You get the advantage in comparisons with other nations like Canada –
There is no mandate to purchase an account for an Australian Study Visa – which blocks your amount for another 9-12 months and is mandatory in nature as it is there with Canadian student visa where you have to get GIC done!
Further problems with Visa Refusal or Cancellation…
Here, I will outline some of the bad effects if your student visa gets refused.
Your morale level will go down with time as you get Visa refusal..
Then, You will be indeterminately made to run from pillar to post in pursuit of getting to know the EXACT grounds resulting in your Visa refusal.
Refusal letters are usually vague and typically outline generic statements. So, Digging out “Complete story” can be an uphill task for you.
And then, “fear factor” will creep up whether you would be again eligible again to apply or not?
Hard-earned money paid till date will go down the drain ever since, Visa application fees is non-refundable along with other charges.
Then, If the Visa outcome comes after prolonged time – Would also result in the educational gap which you would need to justify in future applications.
And then – always be aware that having a visa application refused, or even cancelled, would require you to inform about this in all future visa applications– even for other countries.
Planning to hide or suppress? Not a great idea! Case officers from other countries will still get to know about your immigration history including refusals, ever since everything is digitalized so all countries have shared data access now.
Consequently, This could also somewhat impact your eligibility for grant of a visa to another country.
How we can get your student visa right from DAY ONE and even help if you have already got refusal..?
We will retrospect your refusal letter and related application documents starting with Statement of purpose, then moving on to review related documents..
We will find the reasoning behind the grounds for refusal by going line-by-line in all such integral documents and get to extract the concise reasons.
Also, After reviewing the available remedy – We would prefer to choose the most appropriate approach after in-depth discussions with you.
First things first (before anything else) –
All the ingredients for GTE requirements will be incorporated in the Statement of purpose – known as the KEY DRIVER to make your application cogent for the Case officer.
The genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement is an integrity measure to ensure that the student visa programme is used as intended and not as a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia.
To put it in a simple perspective –
Is your statement of purpose aligning with what the Case officer is looking for? If not, you are getting it ALL WRONG, making yourself to be prepared for the worst scenario – “refusal.”
Infact, you can be left “clueless” after that because refusal letter doesn’t spell out each and every point very clearly!
Successful Grant would be subject to discretion of the case officer for which your statement of purpose (SOP) will form the main foundation – will “make” or “break” your chances so it needs to be very well drafted leaving no sign of confusion or raising suspicious eyes for the officer. Read my answer from Quora in context to get a fair idea
Wait! there’s more reason for facing refusal:
Apart from the reasons above – which can result in unforeseen refusal, do you know that you can even be victimized by refusal due to filing for Visa under the wrong category type?
And yes, selection of the wrong category type might not be intentional! It could be that the student visa type might have been reclassified and gone under another category.
Remember: Australia immigration rules or reforms keep constantly changing…
Let me explain this point with an example –
Regional Visa recently got changed to Subclass 491 and the ones to get such insider immigration updates, even before anticipated information reached the general public are Registered MARA agents.
And we already have our strategic tie-up, in place.
Then, there have been regular changes coming from all spheres, affecting almost all Australian visa types in view of adjustments with Covid-19 uncertain times.
This is again where we can help :
Professional expertise being imparted from knowledgeable people in the Immigration industry would matter here – who can actually head your file in the right direction – under the most appropriate Visa type category for the most FAVORABLE outcome.
And then, Timing also affects Visa acceptance rates.
The faster your application goes into the pool… the more the chances for a Visa grant!
Early applicants always get edge over others! – here’s why :
That’s all due to a fixed quota system which has been decided on a prior basis by the Department of Home Affairs, Australia.
In this – they have already set “definite number” of applications which will be accepted for a certain period.
And why would they not keep it this way? Australia is a popular study destination for Indian international students so they are aware that there is substantial demand!
Due to such popularity, the visa officers get huge pile of Student visa applications.
Thus, applications arriving late have more chances to be rejected when the “quota system” for international students gets exhausted for the specific year/term period as decided.
And yes, we have seen good profiles also being rejected due to this VERY reason.
If you are still avoiding to get the Professional Help…
Read the answer below which would make you feel content – as to why availing our professional services would help you, not just to get your application to go in the right direction.
But also even, help you choose the right course which would align with your long term employment opportunities in Australia.
Preparing and applying for Student Visa can undoubtedly take lot of time and efforts coupled with extensive knowledge you would require to gain from research and then, applying the right course of action with changing immigration rules and regulations/requirements is also needed..
To sum it up – It is simply BEYOND OFFICIAL CHECKLIST process: the checklist which you can get from Immigration and citizenship site..
And, we have seen most of refusals happen for one MAJOR reason –
The applicant is not aware that most of the times – he/she has to go beyond usual requirement checklist to make his/her application convincing for the Case officer – at first sight!
While not hiring competent professionals can help you save sufficient money but if you see the end road towards success (final visa grant) – it will be something else:
You could face a disastrous journey making you run from pillar to post with a refusal letter, resulting in big headaches or frustrations…
…And doing it all ALONE at least for an Australian student visa isn’t appropriate- for the major reason: there’s a lot of documentation and application work involved!
Not to forget- lot of documentation will invite you to do as much proofreading also…
Yet if you plan to give it a “go”, there could be a time when you will go continuously with the “insanity rule”.
Because, most of the time – several aspirants are seen using templates and free resources which doesn’t resonate so well with the Student Visa Requirements for Australia.
Every application requires a different set of statements and documents to complement the statements.
You are required to tailor all such statements in a personalized manner, after taking all the factors in your profile. You cannot simply copy+paste from anyone else’s statement of purpose as that is clearly prohibited by all immigration departments!
Then, as told earlier about Proofreading: this is something you will have to do very closely…
Because even a small mistake where you have OVERLOOKED like for example: not aligning the course with your academic profile or the graduate outcome or even, funding source not connecting well can result in refusal!
Now – Over to you:
What’s your #1 key takeaway from the reasons or solutions stated?
Or maybe you could be thinking about some question “in context” to what all has been stated in this blog post
Either way, Would love to hear what you have to say. Let me know in the comment box below.
You get lot of perks with an international degree.
The biggest one which resonates with most international students is Post-study work rights…which allows options like stay back, privileges’ to look for work in the country after you graduate and even, create your PR pathways!
And then, there’s more for you with Post study work rights…
The post-study work rights bring several benefits to international students such as:
Gaining easy access to the employment market in the study abroad destination
Bridge the future pathways to Permanent Residency (PR)
Boost career prospects through international job experience
Recoup financial expenses incurred in international education
Avail work rights also for dependents (spouse)
So, It is simply implausible (failing to convince) by now seeing the benefits above, as to why Post-study right is SO important…
I know that Post-study work rights are always eye-catchy for most student aspirants owing to several benefits you get…
But are you taking the right steps to reach the stage when you will get Post-study work rights Visa or still blindly following catchy headlines or visuals: such as “Study in Australia and get 4 years work visa.”?
Here’s why you need to know the “fine prints/details” i.e. appended rules and regulations tied to such Visa type so that you don’t struggle at a later stage. I will cover all this in this blog post.
So, let’s get started…
At the very outset – Australia has 2 types of post-study work rights options originating from a temporary graduate visa.
And with these 2 types, you get the dawned advantage to not portray: work experience, English language requirement, Financial requirement when applying, although conditions may vary from case to case!
Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
This Visa type is one of the most popular visa options for international students after you graduate. Now, here’s two different streams – Graduate Work Stream and Post-Study Work Stream.
Graduate Work Stream
Temporary visa up to 18 months
Primarily applies to vocational courses
But, With this Visa stream – alongwith the easy leverages, here comes the most crucial aspect : Work must be related to the course you studied.
In a nutshell, This visa is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that are relevant to specific occupations i.e. which are in demand by Australian labour market.
Also, you would be required to assessed by a relevant assessing authority in regards to skills being suitable for the respective occupation.
Post-Study Work Stream
Goes for a duration of 2 to 4 years, depending upon your location and on the highest educational qualification they have obtained
Graduates from regional institutions get extra 1-2 years over the usual duration
Must have completed undergraduate or postgraduate level studies at a CRICOS-registered institution
Now, this Visa is mostly opted for by most Indian international students.
And then, Australia recently announced that it will extend post-study work visa rights to foreign students who have studied and lived in regional areas (outside Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) wef 2021.
Here is a snapshot glance of region-wise categories for more clarity:
Fine prints review
Although the Australian Government has kept the Post-study work rights policy intact and consistent over the past several years with no such withdrawals, there are certain limitations that could put you at a disadvantage if you don’t do your planning in a proper way…
Here’s the points to be taken care off :
You are required to complete a minimum of two academic years of study which is defined as 92 weeks of study by the Department of home affairs, Australia
Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher is solely considered for the Post-study work stream and not diploma or trade qualifications. Although, you always have the option of doing packaged/combined courses for completing a tenure of 92 weeks as mandated. Example: Starting with the diploma course which provides a pathway into undergraduate programs for students who would otherwise not meet the entry requirements of the undergraduate program.
English language courses or foundation programs cannot be counted towards 92 weeks of academic study.
How the opportunity lies in Australia for your best graduate outcome?
One cannot escape the fact of wage factor which is the GREATEST OPPORTUNITY after you complete your study in Australia:
Yet, I know that a cohort of international student aspirants with some, relying on myths say that Australia is too tough with their PR policies.
But, I would suggest seeing it from another perspective: Australia’s Migration Program settings are designed to ensure that migration is beneficial for the current and future economic and social development of Australia.
You will see that the migration population has increased over the years in Australia.
This is all due to overseas skilled workers playing an important role in the economic growth of Australia.
So, Australia plans to take it big with increasing overseas migration population in the near future also!
Henceforth, you can always reach your PR goal through Post-study work rights until and unless you are well equipped with all information such as: which course type/location etc would be most appropriate etc?
Also, if you are not paying attention to the above information/extract being cited above (just an example) and not even doing research on your own about future employability prospects related to the course you plan to pursue- you are aiming to get TOSSED from the very beginning.
I have pulled some important statistics from a popular report in the example above!
There are several example like the one above. All it takes is adequate guidance or advice from competent professional if you are unable to do it yourself.
Here’s how you should actually aim to seek opportunity :
You should always plan to graduate by going for a course being aligned for future professional prospects in which the current/future occupation trends or possibilities could be seen.
Instead, you should not be more FOCUSSED towards:
Saving money in the initial phase itself, where most of the students attempt to bring down tuition fees by studying in any XYZ institutions.
Relying on short-sighted half baked information with unreliable limited course options, where you are being shown easy pathways just for the sake of getting a student visa grant and not being shown viable graduate outcome out of a specific course/program!
Or, You could be VICTIMIZED by staying unemployed or not finding suitable employment, to recoup your financial implications made so far – ever since you blindly relied upon some random advice and did not even attempt to make efforts towards doing research at your end.
On the contrary, Aim for :
Quality education/appropriate course mapping with work-integrated learning
University/college offering further options to become job-ready with career development centres alike Bond University
Double degree programs making you more versatile with dual skillsets to rely on and much more..
Pursuing a course with the most appropriate education provider that offers its students to just help you find, not just a job, but a meaningful, rewarding and challenging career.
Most important: Hiring a professional consultant/agent for an end to end services including course mapping etc who can actually provide results. He/she should be the one who can actually bring in more money than they cost.
Always remember : Getting a degree is only half the story: infact, you have to work appropriately and seamlessly keeping a progressive approach to transform your qualifications.
For transformation of qualifications into well-defined employment with PSWR and PR: you should answer few questions below and see if you actually get more realistic answers:
Did you opt for the right course/program which is future career-ready?
Does the course align with the demand forecast for a specifically skilled workforce or medium-term occupation list or any other occupation list being published from time to time?
Have you learned to navigate the labour/employment market?
Don’t move ahead with just your student visa application until and unless you get realistic answers.
This homework will go a long way in defining you to be the professional you want to become!
Although, question-related to navigation of labour/employment market can be taken at a later stage also when you start off with your studies in Australia.
Lastly, Australia is a thriving economy with education ranked#1 in the world. The country offers many opportunities for international student graduates to gain valuable work experience on completion of their studies.
Well – Canada has the most versatile and FLEXIBLE post-study work rights program, which goes on to be extended for even short courses like diploma or certificate programs and not just bachelors or masters
Even 8 months duration course from the undergraduate or postgraduate program can make you eligible to apply for 1-year PGWP (herewith referred to as Post study work rights)
Canada offers a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) to its international students who have completed at least an 8-month duration graduate study program from a recognized Canadian institute. You have to apply for PGWP within 180 days after receiving the final marks. You can read more about the PGWP application process and criteria here.
Interestedly, Canada has the highest count for providing opportunities for eligible graduates to attain permanent residence.
As you have to know about Post-study work rights for both Australia and Canada, let me quickly enlighten you with the ACTUAL importance and tell you why it has always worked well to attract several international students:
As a result, the number of Indian students attending UK universities underwent a dramatic decline, from just under 30,000 in 2011-12 to just over 16,000 in 2016-17.
And then, now see what happened when UK restored this policy back?
The above facts and figures had clearly signified the adverse impact with degrowth which went on for several years with curbing down of such crucial rights, and thereafter, the current UK govt. had decided to restore the policy with introduction of Post study work visa for 2 years
And yes, International student applicants have literally skyrocketed after that for UK – even amidst Covid-19
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that Indian nationals accounted for 17 per cent of the total 299,023 sponsored study visas granted by the UK Home Office in the year ending March 2020, with the number more than doubling from 2019 to hit a total of 49,844 grants a continuous rise since 2016. – Indian express
So – At BROADER level, All the major study destinations have an option to work after graduation in their country, and not just this, All such countries have introduced reforms for covering online study duration towards work visa now, still making it the core reason to study abroad!
Post study work rights is going to live on for another couple of years – as a result…
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