VET SECTOR UPDATE- NEPALESE STUDENT VISA COHORT

From 1 May 2019, all Nepalese citizens (both inside and outside Australia) applying for a Student visa in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector will be required to provide evidentiary documentation of English and Financial capacity irrespective of the education provider.

This means a ‘Streamlined’ student visa applicant from Nepal wishing to study a VET sector course in Australia will need to submit documents that prove their English language ability and financial capacity to pay for their studies, living expenses and dependents (if any) at the time they lodge their visa application.

The requirement to provide documentation may not yet be reflected in the Department of Home Affairs’ (the Department) online Document Checklist Tool. However, VET sector applicants are advised to submit the required documentation to lodge a complete application in addition to meeting all other visa requirements. Where this documentation is not provided with the visa application, the Department will request it. This may delay the processing of visa applications.

This requirement will apply for the foreseeable future.

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