March 26, 2024

Your Guide to Australian Student Visas: 7 common reasons for Australian Student Visa rejection

Your Guide to Australian Student Visas: Common Refusal Reasons with Expert Help


Are you dreaming of studying in Australia? Navigating the process of obtaining a Student Visa can be daunting, especially with the possibility of rejection. With the right knowledge and guidance, you can avoid these common mistakes and increase your chances of success. 

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the 7 common reasons why Australian student visa applications get rejected and show you how our Immigration Specialists can help you overcome these challenges every step of the way. 

7 common reasons of Australian student visa rejection


  1. Failure to meet the Genuine Student (GS) requirement: All applicants applying for a Student visa need to demonstrate their intentions for coming to Australia by answering a set of questions.The Department of Home Affairs takes into account your personal circumstances when evaluating your status as a Genuine Student. As an applicant, it’s advisable to provide a written statement in English addressing the specific requirements. This not only showcases your English proficiency but also creates a positive initial impression. Our experienced Education & Migration Team can provide you with excellent guidance so that you meet this requirement effortlessly.
  2. Failure to meet English requirements: For many international students, proving English proficiency is a major requirement for Australian student visas. It doesn’t matter if English is your native language or not – being able to show your proficiency is super important.Prepare for a recognised English language tests like IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE. Scoring at least 6.0 in IELTS or the equivalent score in PTE or TOEFL is the minimum requirement. If you fail to achieve these scores, your visa application is likely to be rejected.
  3. Failure to meet Academic Qualification: Ensure your qualifications align with your chosen course. To obtain a student visa, applicants must fulfill the required academic standards. Each education provider sets specific academic criteria corresponding to the chosen course of study.Failure to meet these requirements may lead to visa refusal. Moreover, if a student has a less-than-ideal academic background, they should provide a statement outlining their future academic aspirations to align with Australian education standards. Our Education & Immigration Team will help you understand and meet Australian academic standards.
  4. Incorrect or Incomplete documents: Avoid the mistake of incomplete or incorrect paperwork. The documents provided during the visa application process must be genuine. Failure to submit all required documents or submitting fraudulent documents will cause significant problems and eventually result in the rejection of the visa application, and you may be banned from future applications. Our Education Migration Team is meticulous in reviewing your documents to ensure every detail is correct. 
  5. Financial Stability: Proof that you have sufficient funds to pay for your travel, tuition fees, and living expenses while you’re in Australia. Currently, student visa applicants will need to show they have a minimum of AU$24,505 in savings to cover annual living costs. This can be substituted by showing that you have someone to sponsor you, e.g. your spouse or your parents.Submitting bank statements is a requirement, or if financial support comes from relatives, providing related documentation is necessary. We can guide you through the financial criteria to meet Australian immigration requirements.

    7 Common reasons for Australian Student visa rejection - Financial Stability

  6. Reasons and Intention for Choosing Australia: Students should clearly articulate their reasons for choosing Australia as their study destination over their home country. They may highlight factors such as the quality of education and facilities offered by Australian institutions as determining factors.Australian officials assess these statements to ascertain that students have genuine intentions. You will benefit greatly from our personalised assistance and addressing any possible issues to the satisfaction of the case officer.
  7. Criminal Record Disclosure: If you have a criminal record, you may face additional scrutiny or even outright rejection of your visa application. Australian immigration regulations mandate a character evaluation, which includes disclosing any past criminal involvement.To maintain transparency, applicants should disclose their background, including any minor criminal occurrences, in their application. Our immigration lawyers can advise you on how to navigate complex issues and provide support as well as advocacy when presenting your case to immigration authorities. 


In conclusion, obtaining an Australian student visa can be a complex and time-consuming process. With the right preparation and guidance, your visa will be a success. 

We offer advice and assistance with your student visa application. We are a team of Education Agents, Registered Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers. We assist our clients from start to finish, including course enrolment. We can also support you with the appeal procedure at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Trust our expertise to navigate the process smoothly. Contact us today for personalised support on your visa and immigration journey.


24 Replies to “Your Guide to Australian Student Visas: 7 common reasons for Australian Student Visa rejection”

  1. Natalie Ramez says: March 26, 2024 at 7:12 pm

    Hello Auspire Immigration.
    My Student Visa was refused. Can you help me?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: March 27, 2024 at 2:41 am

      Hi Natalie,
      Sorry to hear about your visa refusal.
      Yes of course, we can assist. We offer a range of services. For example, we can assist with appealing the decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Or we can also assist with applying for a new student visa.
      Book your consultation here for advice & assistance.
      Speak soon!

  2. Eva Labovic says: March 29, 2024 at 11:40 am

    Hello Auspire Immigration,
    Thank you for this article! I am from Eastern Europe and have a criminal offence on my record from 2018.
    Can I still apply for a Student Visa?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 2, 2024 at 8:05 am

      Hi Eva!
      Thanks for your comment. With regards to your criminal record – it does depend on the type of offence.
      We have helped many clients with this kind of issue and they were able to secure a visa despite their issues from the past.
      We recommend to book a consultation with our legal team of Immigration Lawyers, Registered Migration Agents and Education Agents.
      We can then assess your case and provide you with a personalised success strategy!

  3. Samuel Wayd says: March 30, 2024 at 7:50 am

    Good morning Auspire Immigration!
    It is my dream to study in Australia. Can you recommend a university or college? I am interested in helping people, especially kids and young adults. Any ideas?
    Thank you!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 2, 2024 at 8:12 am

      Hi Samuel,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Yes we can give you recommendations and assistance with enrolment – we work with education providers around Australia.
      Best you make an appointment for a consultation so we can give you advice about what to study, and where. Of course, we can also assist with the Student Visa application!

  4. Jona Spesz says: March 30, 2024 at 8:04 am

    Good day Auspire Immigration,
    My sister wants to study in Australia but she does not have the required English scores. How can you help her?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 2, 2024 at 8:19 am

      Hi Jona,
      Yes of course, we can help your sister!
      For example, we can provide her with a personalised strategy for her visa and immigration in Australia. She can get a student visa without high English scores – there is always a way! Here is the link for the consultation with our Education & Migration Team

  5. Manon Bijou says: April 1, 2024 at 8:55 am

    HELP!! Please help. My student visa application was refused. What can I do now? Can you help, please?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 2, 2024 at 8:26 am

      Hello Manon,
      Sorry to hear about your visa refusal.
      Yes, we can assist. For example, we offer advice and help with the appeals process at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
      We can also help with a new application.
      The next step is to book a consultation with our Immigration Lawyersbook here

  6. Georgy Rohsan says: April 1, 2024 at 10:55 pm

    Hi Auspire Immigration,
    I want to study in Australia, but I don’t have much money. Do you know about scholarships for international students, and do you offer assistance with this?
    Thank you!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 2, 2024 at 8:33 am

      Hello Georgy,
      Yes we understand, the financial requirements for international students can be a challenge.
      Some of the universities and colleges offer scholarships. In fact, right now is a good time to apply for financial support!
      Book a consultation with our Education and Migration Team – speak soon!

  7. Susan Weddley says: April 1, 2024 at 11:12 pm

    Hi Auspire Immigration,
    Is there an age limit for the Student Visa? I am 47 and want to make a fresh start. I am from the UK.

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 2, 2024 at 8:37 am

      Hi Susan,
      Great news – there is no age limit for the Student Visa!!
      We have helped many clients over 40 to get their visa approved.
      We can assist with the course enrolment and visa application.
      Book an appointment with our Education and Migration Agents – we look forward to assisting you!

  8. Kylie Mensy says: April 3, 2024 at 3:14 pm

    Hello Auspire Immigration,

    I would like to engage your services for my student visa. My previous visa application was refused.
    Can you also help with course enrolment?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 4, 2024 at 3:58 am

      Hi Kylie,

      Yes of course, we can assist with both enrolment + student visa application.
      No worries about the refusal. We can navigate around this.
      Please book a consultation with our Education and Migration Team!
      We look forward to helping you.

  9. Marcus Reves says: April 3, 2024 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Auspire Immigration.
    I am an international student on the Gold Coast. I want to change my course. Can I do that? What happens to my visa?
    Thanks for your help!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 5, 2024 at 5:53 am

      Hi Marcus.
      Yes of course, you can change your course. There are a few things that need to be considered so you are not in breach of your student visa conditions.
      We can provide you with advice and assistance – book your consultation here

  10. Zoe Hubert says: April 5, 2024 at 5:40 am

    Good day Auspire Immigration Australia!
    My boyfriend and I want to come to Australia. We are thinking to get a student visa. Do we both have to get a visa? How does it work?
    We follow you on Instagram – love your content. Thanks!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 5, 2024 at 5:58 am

      Hi Zoe,
      That’s great to hear – we highly recommend Australia as a study destination. It’s a high level of education and during your study breaks you can explore this beautiful country, or work and earn money. With regards to your question: As a couple, only one of you needs to apply for the visa. The other person can be added as the spouse. However, there are a few requirements that you need to meet.
      You can book a consultation with our Education & Migration Team here

      Speak soon!
      Thanks for the follow on IG 🙂

  11. Stephanie Brugal says: April 8, 2024 at 4:05 am

    Hello Auspire Immigration,
    I’m studying in Brisbane holding a Subclass 500 Student Visa. I am planning on living in Australia long-term.
    Can I sponsor my mother to live with me in Australia?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 8, 2024 at 10:54 am

      Hi Stephanie,
      That’s great to hear you want to make Australia your forever home.
      What are you studying? And which College or University?
      There are pathways to sponsor parents. However, you need to have your permanent residency in Australia.
      Best you book a consultation so we can discuss in detail and provide you with advice. Book your appointment here

  12. Renee Bronzey says: April 8, 2024 at 4:26 am

    Hi Auspire Immigration,

    I applied for a student visa and it was refused. What can I do? Should I fight it, or just apply again?
    Please help! Thanks.

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 8, 2024 at 10:59 am

      Hi Renee,

      Sorry to hear about your visa refusal.
      The next step depends on the reasons for the refusal and also if you have been given review rights.
      Please book a consultation with our immigration team and we can assist you with everything you need.
      Speak soon!

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