Migration planning for students

Migration planning for students

If you are thinking to get an education in Australia and use it for the migration process later, this article is definitely for you.

As soon as you are getting ready to become an international student, several questions should immediately rise in your head. In this post, we will learn more about the first part of these questions.

I want to say that these questions are more than correct. Let’s break them down together!

In this article, I have prepared recommendations for you based on my own professional experience, the situation in the world, as well as the current position of the Department and educational institutions.

Where to start?

First of all, you have to learn your “rights and responsibilities”.

What the department will require from you to apply for a visa (finances, ties to your home country, strong reasons for studying, your English level) and during your education (English level again, academic performance and attendance, working rights for you and your partners/spouses, paid education for your children and your health insurance).

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How to choose an occupation?

Look carefully at the lists of occupations and answer yourself the following question: what would you like to do within the next five years?
A little clue for your internal discussion: there is no occupation for quick and easy migration. There will be one that suits you personally!

Moreover, it makes sense to think a bit deeper and probably even conduct a little research:

  • If you get scared of blood, the nurse occupation is definitely not for you, even considering it as a highly demanded profession.
  • Are you attracted to do military or government service? Sorry, the minimum requirement for this kind of job is permanent residency status
  • Working as a doctor? You have to find a serious justification to explain why you decided to study IT in Australia.

How to choose a course?

If you are thinking (reading this post, apparently you are) about a graduate visa, which in total can give you an additional 2-3 years in Australia, then you need to know some visa requirements in advance to select the right course.

You are probably expecting to find a relevant job being a student and being a holder of a graduate visa, as well as to get the maximum additional points for the Point Test. Make sure to consider different factors such as the labour market in different states and the campus location.

This planning I used to do with each of my our clients. As a migration agent, I am convinced that the carefully selected course is a mandatory minimum for your success.

Please don’t choose a course just because of “free enrolment”, “course discount”, or “many people already did it before”.

What is the best visa to enter Australia?

It is a tricky question. Honestly, if you are from high-risk country (almost all countries except for the Commonwealth and Europe), I can recommend looking at a tourist visa for entering Australia with a further transition to a student visa. It could seem like I do things more complicated, but let me explain!

Firstly, educational institutions are more likely to enrol students onshore.

Secondly, if your tourist visa is rejected, you will always have a chance to reapply with less chance of being rejected than rather you apply again for a student visa.

Thirdly, if your student visa is rejected, you could lose much more money: the first payment for the course, part of medical insurance payment, visa fees, biometrics, and medicals.

How much does it cost to study in Australia?

Unfortunately, education does not consist of a student visa fee only. The lion’s share is the tuition fee: obviously, the higher the rating of the educational institution and the academic degree, the more expensive your course will be.

You have to add to your expenses some “minimum” for you and your defendants (accommodation, transport, food, schools, and so on).

The cost of your education is not cheap at all. I recommend that you carefully consider every step you take!

How to spend your time wisely while on a student visa?

Of course, I recommend looking for a job in the field of your studies. Please don’t waste your time doing something that doesn’t move you closer to your goal. If you don’t have a proper qualification now, you have to look for a relevant job as soon as you are skilled enough.

Try to socialize and integrate as much as possible: by volunteering or helping the local community you get positive recommendations in the future and, of course, significantly expand your networking.

It is always better to study with honour and diligence. For special merit, educational institutions can give you a good discount on your course or even a scholarship.

What further steps will bring you closer to your migration goal?

It would be great to think in advance about further migration strategy that you can base on your migration journey.

As a result of a detailed consultation, our clients always receive one or more options of migration pathways. They are based on the client’s preferences, visa requirements, the client’s background, and trends in the development of migration legislation.

According to our own statistics, candidates, who follow our recommendations and do everything properly, get used to achieve permanent residency visa quicker.

What are the guarantees of obtaining Australian citizenship in the future?

There is none! I will repeat, never trust agents who give you guarantees. Only the Department officer, and in the worst case, the Tribunal or Minister, makes a visa decision.

You, your determination and your successes, your competitive strategy and planning for your migration, your ethical agent, and his honest interest in your future – all these things will bring you closer to the goal, but never guarantee you a 100% result.

In the best scenario, former students receive their passports after a few years.

In the worst scenario, they have been studying endless courses with no options for a successful migration.

Your destiny is your choice!

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