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Australia: Visa Guides

Nigerian students applying for an Australian student visa

Practical advice for Nigerian students applying for a student visa in Australia


Australia is the third most popular international student destination in the world after the United Kingdom and the United States and has seven of the top 100 universities in the world. Although the visa application may seem like another exam in your life, the Australian system is rather straightforward and we hope our guide will give confidence to Nigerian students planning to apply.


Australian Student Visa Types


Students from Nigeria can apply for one of the six types of students visas currently available for education in Australia:


For shorter periods of study, you can apply for a Visitor (Subclasses 600, 601, 651) Visa for a maximum of 3 months study; Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) for those aged 18 to 30 years for a maximum of 4 months course, and Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485), which allows eligible students who have completed an Australian education to stay in Australia to gain work experience for 18 months and up to 4 years.


Australian Student Visa Procedures


The visa application fee is currently A$550 (£300) paid at the time of the application submission. Nigerian students should remember that visa application charges are reviewed on 1st July each year. For any dependents joining on your visa there will be additional fees. Processing time is normally within 4 weeks or earlier so waiting should not appear too stressful!


Appointment at the Australian Mission in Nigeria

The Australian Government does not provide visa services at the Australian High Commission in Abuja. However, their commercial partner Teleperformance Ltd does management of their visa application centres in Nigeria with visa centres in Abuja and Ikeja. Online application lodgement is quick and can be made at any time of the day.


Supporting Documents


Your chosen course of study will define the type of visa and documents needed for an application. However, you can find typical key requirements below:


  • Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate issued
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement met - get tips on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (opens in a new window) website
  • Sufficient funds for airfares, course fees and living costs
  • English language proficiency
  • Health and character requirements met
  • Acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).


Tip: The DIBP website provides detailed information on student visas. It also has a Visa Wizard to help you identify which visa you might be eligible for.


Overseas Student Health Cover


Australia has a special system of health cover for international students called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). It will help you pay for medical or hospital care while studying in Australia and contribute towards the cost of most prescription medicines and an ambulance in an emergency. Hopefully, you will not need the OSHC at all, but as a requirement of your student visa you shall maintain OSHC for the duration of your time on a student visa in Australia and that of your family.


Further Questions


Nigerian students can check their visa details with Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) at any time while in Australia. It is best to keep a record of your visa expiry date as breaching the rules will prevent you from extending the visa for further studies or re-entering Australia. On a student visa you will be able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during term, and full time in holidays. The visa will automatically be issued with permission to work, although you are not allowed to begin working until your course has started. Work that is a formal, registered part of your course and that is voluntary is not included in the limit.


Australian Student Visa Dates


Nigerian students can arrive in Australia on a student visa up to 90 days before their course starts. Your student visa will last for the duration of your studies (including holiday periods) and will allow you some time to remain in Australia at the end of your course. This can range from one to three months, depending on the length of your course and the month in which it ends. Most importantly, all students shall remain enrolled in a course registered on CRICOS ( and maintain satisfactory attendance on the course and make satisfactory progress for each study period. There is no doubt that Nigerian students known for their scholarly aspirations will find this final requirement easy to follow.

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