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Australian Student Visa: Nomination of Student Dependants

Australian Student Visa: Nomination of Student Dependants

Posted by to Help and Advice | March 22nd 2013

Australian Student Visa: Nomination of Student Dependants

A person who becomes a member after the student lodging their application and before it is decided is eligible for entry provided the student should inform the department in writing of that member’s personal particulars and provide evidence of their relationship to the student. Periods of stay granted to members of the family unit will generally be the same as the student’s period of stay. Family members should ensure that they always hold a valid visa while in Australia. The student’s partner will have a condition on their visa that limits their period of study in Australia to a maximum of 3 months. If the student’s partner wants to undertake a course of study beyond this period they must apply for a student visa in their own right and this application for change of status from family unit member to student can be made in Australia. 

Under the migration legislation, a person is a member of the family unit of a Student (Temporary) (Class TU) visa holder if the person is:
  • A partner (spouse or de facto) of the visa holder; or 
  • A child of the student visa holder, or of that partner, who is unmarried and has not turned 18; or
  • An AusAID or Defence sponsored student.
An AusAID or Defence sponsored student should contact AusAID or the Department of Defence for procedures.
 

How to Nominate?

After filling the form 919 send it, along with the documents that are required to provide, to the dependant(s) and they should complete form 157A Application for a student visa and lodge it, together with form 919 Nomination of student dependants and the documents the student has provided, at an Australian mission overseas.
 

What are the Documents to Provide?

Certified or notarised copies of all pages of the student’s passport, including the page containing their current Student (Temporary) visa and the student’s personal details
  • An original letter from the student’s education provider mentioning:
    • The course the student is studying
    • Duration of the student’s course and the probable completion date
  • Whether the student is satisfying the course requirements; evidence of, and/or declaration of access to, funds to support their nominated dependants:
    • Original bank statements
    • An original letter from the student’s financial institution confirming the status of their bank account
  • Proof of the student’s relationship with their dependants like original marriage or birth certificate(s).
  • Proof that sufficient arrangements have been made to study in Australia for the student’s school aged dependants (children/child) and where the projected period of stay is more than 3 months.
  • Proof of payment of the Overseas Student Health Cover premium in favour of each nominated dependant and where ever stated, original documents must be provided. Where copies of original documents are required, the copies provided should be certified copies. A certified copy in Australia is one certified by the Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner for Declarations or a person before whom a statutory declaration should be made under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959.
 

Charges

The student dependant’s completed student visa application form, along with the correct visa application charge and this nomination, can be lodged at an Australian mission overseas.
The visa application charge is not refundable and the fees may be subject to adjustment at any time. The visa application charges are subject to adjustment on 1st July each year which may contribute to the increase of visa cost. The students can check the visa application charge at their nearest office of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (the department) in Australia, or from form 990i Charges, which is available in the department’s website
 

Integrity of Nomination

The department is dedicated to uphold the reliability of the visa and citizenship programs. Students should be aware that if they provide fake documents or claims, it may result in processing delays and possibilities of their nomination being refused. The information collected will be used for assessing the eligibility of your dependant(s) for a Student (Temporary) visa to travel to and enter and/or remain in Australia, to watch the conduct of migration agents, and for other reasons relating to the administration of the Migration Act. The information collated may also be disclosed to agencies that are authorised to receive information relating to business skills, citizenship, adoption, education, health assessment, health insurance, border control, payment of pensions and benefits, superannuation, health services, law enforcement, taxation, review of decisions and registration of migration agents. 
 
It will also be disclosed to any agency of the Australian Government, or of a state or territory that is accountable for or otherwise concerned with the regulation of education providers. The information on this form, including the results of any tests for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), will be used to measure the student’s health for an Australian visa. A positive HIV or other test result will not necessarily lead to a visa being denied. The student’s result(s) may be disclosed to relevant Australian Government state and territory health agencies.
 
In addition, the relevant registered education provider(s) may be told whether or not the student’s visa has been granted. The collection, access, storage, disclosure and use by the department of the information they provide in this form is governed by the Privacy Act 1988 and specifically by the 11 Information Privacy Principles. The information from form 993i Safeguarding your personal information gives details of agencies to which the student’s personal information might be disclosed. 
 
The department is authorised under the Migration Act 1958, in definite circumstances, to gather a variety of identifiers including facial image, fingerprints and signature from noncitizens, including student visa applicants. The department needs personal identifiers to help in assessing the applicant’s identity. The department is authorised to disclose the students’ personal identifiers, their name and other relevant biographical data to a number of government agencies including law enforcement and health agencies and to other agencies who may require these to verify the students’ identity. 
 
When the department obtains the students’ personal identifiers, those will become part of their official record with the department. The students need to know that the department is involved in international information exchanges with countries like the UK, the US, Canada and New Zealand. The international information exchanges may need the students’ personal identifiers, inclusive of facial images and fingerprint data which are collected by immigration agencies to match the information upon exchange and if any immigration abuse/offence or any criminal history information relevant to immigration purposes are discovered your visa application will be under scrutiny.
 
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