CRICOS and visa information for international students
What is CRICOS?
The ESOS Act requires providers of courses to international students to register their institution and the courses they offer with the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) through the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).
This register is called the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
VRQA approve registration before a code is allocated and the details recorded on the CRICOS register. Providers and their agents must not promote a course to overseas students unless it is registered on CRICOS.
If you wish to study in Australia you must have a valid student visa.
The Australian Government issues student visas for full-time study on the understanding that you study on-campus and have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of your time in Australia.
To apply for a visa, contact the most convenient Australian Diplomatic Mission (i.e. Australian Government office) in your home country. The Australian Government office in your country may be an Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or Consulate-General. For a reader-friendly list of Australian Government offices around the world, please visit the Australian Diplomatic Mission website.
To secure a student visa, it is important to check carefully the individual visa requirements relevant to your country of origin, plus the education sector in Australia or visa type (subclass) for which you are applying (more details follow).
Here are the items you need to check
If you already hold a visa, it is important to be aware that you must comply with all your visa conditions in order to retain it. You may be reported and your visa may be cancelled for:
Usually you must complete your studies before you can apply for Permanent Residency in Australia. There are exceptions, however, for students who apply on the basis of marriage or refugee status or for students in certain courses continuing their studies at a higher level.
If you obtain permanent residency status while you are studying at Monash, one of the issues is that you may apply to transfer to a Government funded or local fee-paying place.
There are a number of considerations. If you are enrolled in a Government funded place you contribute to the cost of your education, while the Australian Government contributes significantly by paying around three quarters of the cost.
If you transfer to a government-funded place, you may have to compete for a university place in the local quota for Australian and New Zealand residents. Obviously, this means that it is possible that you could miss out on a university place.
For more information about permanent residency (PR), including basic requirements you must meet to qualify for PR under the skilled migration program, the points test and list of skilled occupations.
All student visas are granted with work rights attached, allowing international students to do a limited amount of paid work.
As an international student, you can work a maximum of 20 hours per week while the course is in session.
You are welcome to bring your children with you to Australia. However, you should know that if they are of school age they must attend school andyou will be required to pay school fees for them.
If you receive an Australian Government Scholarship (IPRS or AusAID) you may be eligible for an exemption on your children's school fees. For full details check with the nearest Australian Diplomatic Mission, or check with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, telephone +61 3 9637 2202.
With any issue relating to a visa, Monash University is happy to help. We have specialists with extensive experience regarding visa applications and information. Please contact us.