It is very common to see students with doubts regarding the whole process of the exchange program.
That’s why we gathered some testimonials of stories that might help you clarify your thoughts.
On the post of this week, we interviewed Beatriz Gonçalves, who had her student visa denied to Australia in 2017 due to a mistake on her application made by another exchange agency.
How was the process of your student visa?
I started the process in 2017 while I was in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The exchange agency was located in Brisbane and we did the whole process through e-mails and some phone calls for around six months.
It was very hard considering the timezone between Brazil and Australia. Yet, my brother, who was already in Australia, did his process with the same agency and we were confident that everything would end up well.
How did you receive the notification of refusal visa?
Two weeks after the application, I received an e-mail from the immigration department of Australia with the notification of refusal for a student visa (subclass 500).
At first, I was in shock since we always have high hopes and expectations about a dream that it is about to happen.
The reason explained in the letter of refusal was that there weren’t sufficient documents provided in the application. Also, the “lack of evidence” didn’t match everything I said in the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE).
Meaning that my Bachelor’s Degree, employment data, educational history, and every other document that is basic to the immigration department were not attached to the application.
“I have considered your personal, educational, and professional ties to your home country. However, you did not provide documents to prove these matters.”
This message appeared many times in the refusal letter and it was a huge surprise to me because I sent everything to the agency during the process.
Basically, the exchange agency didn’t attach any relevant document to my visa application and this caused the refusal.
How was the procedure after the visa denied?
After the negative outcome, I received some part of the money back (the visa application value is non-refundable).
In the meantime, it happened that my mother made an urgent surgery. So, I decided to postpone the dream of living abroad to be close to my family.
Six months later, I decided to apply again with another exchange agency and explained my situation at that moment.
We were very careful with documents, proofs, and everything related to the bureaucracy of applying to a student visa for the second time.
Fortunately, everything went well on the second application and I received the good news almost two months later.
There was a delay in the process but I believe that everything happens for a reason. Also, maybe I wasn’t supposed to go to Australia in the first attempt.
What are your recommendations to students that are willing to go to Australia?
My advice for future students is to take care of every step of your exchange program.
Keep in touch with the educational counsellors, be mindful of your documents, and research about the reputation of the exchange agency.
If this is your dream, you also have a big responsibility regarding it. Besides, don’t give up easily.
Thankfully, in my case, the problem was solved in a matter of time. However, some scenarios may be more difficult and demanding.
In the end, for me, it was a lesson learned.
Our team at Connection Australia is always ready to help you throughout the process before and after arriving in the land of kangaroos. If you have any questions or concerns, get in touch with us here.