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Do you know how much it costs to study in Australia?

Study in Australia

Australia is one of the most popular study-abroad destinations in the world. In 2017, there were around 624,000 international students in Australia.

However, studying in Australia can easily drain one’s finances. As part of the Student Visa requirements, applicants are needed to furnish $20,290 per year as the living costs. Tuition fee varies from University to University.

What is the tuition fee for international students?

As per Study Move, international students need to spend $30,840 for an undergrad degree. For students pursuing post-graduation, the cost is around $31,596.

As per the Study in Australia website, the tuition fee for a Masters program ranges between $20,000 and $37,000. PhD degrees may cost between $14,000 and $37,000.

Medical or Veterinary courses can cost significantly more.

Australian Universities calculate the tuition fee per unit and not per year. There is a different fee band for different units. Students usually study a combination of different units which fall in different fee bands. Hence, the tuition fee may vary from student to student, as per Top Universities.

Some Universities in Australia publish the estimated fee on their websites. For example, for Australian National University (ANU), the cost of an undergrad degree in Arts may cost up to $36,400. For a Bachelors degree in Medical Science, the cost is around $43,680.

What is the cost of living for international students?

While applying for a Student Visa you need to furnish $20,290 as proof of funds. However, if you add additional applicants to your Visa application, like a spouse or children, you will need to furnish funds for them too. For a partner, you will need to show an additional $7,100. For each child, you will need $3,040 extra.

As per the Study in Australia website, international students should budget between $85 and $440 per week for accommodation. Of course, this totally depends on the type of accommodation that you live in.

Here are some of the other expenses that you should take into account:

  • Eating out and groceries: Between $80 and $280 per week
  • Gas and electricity: Between $35 and $140 per week
  • Phone and Internet: Between $20 and $55 per week
  • Public Transport: Between $15 and $55 per week
  • Car (after purchasing): Between $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment: Between $80 and $150 per week

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The state nomination program for QLD, Australia is now closed

state nomination program for Queensland in Australia

The state nomination program for Queensland in Australia is closed for 2018-19. It will re-open in the new financial year beginning on 1st July 2019.

The announcement was made through the BMSQ (Business and Skilled Migration Queensland) website. The closure is effective from 8th February 2019.

The BMSQ will no longer issue any new invitations. However, it will continue to process all applications which were submitted prior to 8th February. Applications will continue to be processed till the quota is filled.

The BMSQ website has stated that the state nomination program will re-open in the new fiscal year. It has also asked new applicants to submit an EOI once the new occupation lists have been released in July. No new EOIs will be accepted till then, said the website, as per SBS News.

The state nomination program (Subclass 190) is run by Queensland to attract skilled migrants. The occupation list of Queensland has a variety of occupations as per the skills need of the state.

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These scholarships can help you study in Australia

scholarship

There are a large number of scholarships that the Australian Govt. and Australian Universities provides to international students. These scholarships can help you ease the financial strain of studying abroad.

Here are some of the scholarships that can help you study in Australia:

Scholarships by the Australian Govt.

  1. Australia Awards Scholarships

These are long-term development awards which are administered by the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade. These scholarships are awarded to students from developing nations. Students can take up an undergraduate or post-graduate study full-time. The studies can be done at participating Universities or TAFE institutes. The benefits of the scholarship include:

  • Tuition fee
  • Return air ticket
  • CLE (Contribution to living expenses)
  • OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover)
  • Establishment allowance
  1. Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards

International students pursuing Masters or PhD in Australia can apply for these scholarships. The benefits included in these scholarships are:

  • Tuition fee
  • Travel allowance
  • Health and Travel Insurance
  • Establishment allowance
  • Monthly stipend
  1. International Postgraduate Research Scholarships

These scholarships help international students pursue postgraduate research studies in Australia. It helps students gain valuable experience with leading researchers of Australia.  It covers the tuition as well as health cover expenses.

Australian University Scholarships

  1. University of Sydney International Research Scholarships

International students who are pursuing the below at the University of Sydney may apply for this scholarship:

  • Masters by Research program
  • Postgraduate Research Degree

It covers the tuition fee as well as living expenses for up to 3 years.

  1. Macquarie University International Scholarships

Outstanding students pursuing an undergrad or postgraduate degree at Macquarie University are eligible. The scholarship amount varies up to $10,000.

  1. University of Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to high-achieving students-domestic as well as international. The benefits included are:

  • Tuition fee
  • Living costs
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • Relocation grant
  1. Adelaide Scholarships International

The University of Adelaide awards this scholarship to high-calibre international research students. The benefits cover tuition fee, health cover, and living expenses, as per Scholars4dev.

  1. Flinders International Postgraduate Scholarships

Students pursuing a full-time research degree at Flinders University can apply. The benefits include:

  • Tuition fee
  • Living allowance
  • Airfare
  • Relocation cost
  • Establishment allowance

 

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Which state in Australia needs more skilled migrants?

Steven Marshall

Steven Marshall, the Premier of SA, says that South Australia needs more skilled migrants. He called on the PM of Australia to consider the requirements of the regional areas.

Mr Marshall said that unlike Sydney and Melbourne, the needs for states like SA, Tasmania, and NT are different. He feels that the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) should be extended to these states as well. This will help bring in skilled migrants to those regions in Australia which need them the most.

In order to fill in the labour shortage, Mr Marshall plans to put in place incentive plans for international students. He also wants to encourage local residents to live and work in South Australia. However, as per data, about 5,000 locals leave SA each year, as per SBS News.

Simon Kennedy runs a pipe fabrication business in Port Adelaide in South Australia. He says that he puts out advertisements regularly for new recruits. But most of the times, he is unable to find local Australians to fill in these jobs. He says that there are not enough skilled tradesmen in South Australia. With the coming defence boom, there is a greater need for more skilled migrants.

Nigel McBride, the Chief Executive of Business SA, says that many employers in SA share a similar view. He feels that the immigration policies are only responding to the complaints of Melbourne and Sydney. The current immigration policies of Australia do not recognize the needs of the regional areas across Australia.

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Migrants in Australia should beware of tax scammers

Migrants in Australia should beware of tax scammers

ato

Scammers in Australia are targeting vulnerable migrants by posing as people from the ATO (Australian Tax Office).

As per reports, the scam is similar to the one that surfaced last year. In this scam, unsuspecting migrants were tricked into making cryptocurrency payments for bogus tax debts.

The scam had become so rampant that Kath Anderson, Asst. Commissioner of ATO had to issue a warning. As per Anderson, the ATO became aware that scammers were asking for Bitcoin payments last year. More than $50,000 in Bitcoin payments have been made so far for fake tax debts. Payments made in cryptocurrencies are impossible to get back since they operate in the virtual world.

Many new migrants in Australia have limited English skills. They are also unfamiliar with Australian laws. These people fall easy prey to such scammers and hence they should be on their guard.

ATO Officials never contact anyone asking for cryptocurrency payments. However, scammers often use phone numbers which appear to be genuine.

As per SBS News, ATO received over 80,000 reports of the scam in 2017. Almost $2.4 million was lost to scammers who claimed to be ATO officials.

Almost one-third of the victims paid over $900,000 worth of iTunes gift cards to scammers. Apple is now including a warning on the iTunes gift cards. ATO officials hope that people will realize that the ATO does not accept iTunes gift cards as payment.

More than half of the victims were scammed into making payments into third-party bank accounts. These victims thus lost almost $1.2 million in 2017 this way.

ATO has requested the people in Australia to beware of tax scammers. They should report such requests to the local authorities immediately.

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Queensland in Australia removes 4 occupations from its SOL

Queensland has recently announced that it is temporarily suspending 4 occupations from its SOL. The occupations have been removed from the SOL as of 1st February 2019.

As per the official immigration website of Queensland, the quota for the 4 occupations has been filled. The occupations will no longer be issued Invitations to Apply.

The occupations which have been removed from the Queensland SOL are:

  1. 261111- ICT Business Analyst
  2. 233213- Quantity Surveyor
  3. 133111- Construction Project Manager
  4. 225113- Marketing Specialist

The Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) website notified that no new invitations for these occupations would be issued. However, if any of those who have been invited do not timely respond, then these occupations may be opened in future.

Queensland has also removed 2 occupations from its offshore QSOL list. These occupations are:

  1. 232511- Interior Designer
  2. 224111- Actuary

With effect from 1st February 2019, these 2 occupations are no longer available on the offshore QSOL list.

They are, however, available on the onshore QSOL list, as per SBS News. Applicants who are already working in Queensland may be still able to apply for these occupations.

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Visa for Indian traveler cancelled on his way to Australia

Source: SBS

Daivik Jitendra Patel, a 25-year-old Indian, was on his way to Melbourne when his visa was cancelled. He was not allowed to board a connecting flight to Melbourne after a month of having his Visitor Visa issued.

Daivik boarded the Ahmedabad-New Delhi-Melbourne flight of Air India on 18th January 2019 after completing the immigration check. He was removed from the queue at the Delhi airport while he was waiting for the security check. He was told by airport officials that they had received a message from Australian authorities to disallow him from boarding the flight to Australia.

Daivik’s Visitor Visa to Australia had been granted on the 8th of December 2018. He claims that he checked his Visa status online on the day he boarded his flight and the Visa was valid until then. It was until later that day that the Dept. of Home Affairs cancelled his Visa.

While submitting his visa application, Daivik had mentioned himself as self-employed. He stated that he runs his own wooden door production unit in Naroda, Gujarat. He had written the name of his unit as “Prakruti Wooden Industries” in his application.

However, discrepancies were found in the information provided by Daivik. When officials of the Dept. called his unit, the phone was answered by a man. He identified himself as Daivik’s cousin. He said that he runs another business “Aakruti Wood Products” at the same address. He also claimed that Daivik was his business partner. He also claimed that Daivik has been a part of his business since he started it 10 years ago. Yet, he was not able to elaborate on Daivik’s role in the business.

The Dept. of Home Affairs was concerned that both the businesses were being run at the same address. In fact, they even had the same telephone numbers.

The Dept. also called Davik’s partner in his business-Prakruti Wooden Industries. However, the partner did not know about his remuneration. He was even unaware of the leave approval letter which was submitted by Daivik. The leave letter was allegedly signed by the partner. The business partner was also not aware of the number of days Daivik was on leave.

Daivik said that his partner was not actively involved in his business. That was why he was not aware of the details. He says he was not given a chance to submit evidence to prove his claim. He also says that he has lost money on his air tickets and hotel bookings in Australia. Daivik also says that he felt humiliated by the whole incident.

As per SBS News, Daivik now plans to appeal against the decision.

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Australia among the top 10 nations for Quality of life & Citizenship

The latest survey by US News and World Report reiterates the status of Australia as one of the best nations for immigrant aspirants. In this survey, Australia has been ranked among the 10 nations globally for Quality of life & Citizenship.

Australia has always been an attraction for individuals seeking PR Visa and Citizenship in an advanced nation. It has time and again proved to the best nation for obtaining Permanent Residency status.

The US News and World Report hold a survey annually. This is into 80 nations globally and interviews 20,000 plus citizens. The survey ranks the nations based on several parameters of human life. The Land of Kangaroos is, in fact, the 3rd best nation globally for a comfortable retirement, as quoted by the SBS.

The Land Down Under is ranked 7th globally for Quality of life and 8th for Citizenship. This demonstrates its position as a favoured nation for immigrants for PR Visa and settlement.

The top ranking is also vital to understand specifically when we discuss the latest immigration policies and stance of the Australian Government.

The federal Australian Government has attempted streamlining the immigration process. It has also taken some tough decisions in this regard. Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that the nation continues to remain a top overseas destination for PR Visa. It is clear from the latest ranking that large numbers of individuals continue to prefer Australian Citizenship.

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Sydney held the largest citizenship ceremony on 26th January, Australia Day this year. 16,212 immigrants obtained their Australian citizenship in the ceremony. There was a 35% increase in the numbers as compared to last year. The new citizens of Australia came from more than 146 countries across the globe.

52-year old James Golestani from Iran said that he had dreamt of moving to Australia since he was a little boy. He was very proud to have become a part of the lovely and adorable country, Australia.

Babandeep Singh Kamboj from India moved to Australia in 2008 along with his family. He said that Australia was a great and peaceful country. He had always wanted to become an Australian citizen and he now feels very proud to have obtained the same.

Among all the new citizens of Australia, 27.1% were from India. Iraq and China followed with 6.7% and 5.8%. South Korea had a 5.3% representation while Pakistan had 4.9%.

Andrew Wilson, Mayor of Parramatta, said that 1,450 new citizens were welcomed by the City of Parramatta in 2018. He says that they feel honoured to have organized the largest citizenship ceremony ever.

Mayor Wilson also said that Parramatta has always been very inclusive and a multicultural city. It has a large immigrant population and is a melting pot for various cultures and ethnicities. Thus, it is the perfect location for such an enormous event.

Martin Alato fled the Iraq war and came to Australia on 25th November 2011. He became an Australian citizen after marrying his Australian wife.  Speaking to SBS News, Martin said that becoming an Australian citizen was a proud moment for him.

In January 2019, the Australian government made revisions to the citizenship code. It has now become mandatory for all councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day. The new code will also enforce a strict dress code for new citizens.

Since the introduction of citizenship more than 70 years ago, Australia has welcomed more than 5 million new citizens.

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