The Student visa allows international students to study full-time education and training in Australia. Students can stay in Australia during the duration of the relevant course one prefers to study. The minimum requirements include a certificate of enrolment with an Australian provider, genuine intention to complete the relevant period of study in Australia, have the required English proficiency unless exempt, have overseas student health cover for the period of intended stay in Australia and have access to funds to cover return airfares, tuition fees, and cost of living in Australia.

Depending on the risk level of the country, English language proficiency results and evidence of funds may not be required. This is how the education consultants in the Philippines and many other risk level 1 and 2 countries are advertising “No IELTS and no show money” for a student visa in Australia. Many approach agencies to apply for a student visa to Australia because of the work privilege. Student visa holders depending on the level of studies can work up to 40 hours per fortnight. “No IELTS, no show money and work” – a very tempting reason to part with your hard earned money! Let us see what the reality is.

As of December 2018, there were 433,624 student visa holders in Australia.
Source: The Department of Home Affairs

A story about Mr Vocation and his aspiration for a better life

Mr. Vocation is 29 years old and is currently working in UAE as a sales representative. He completed a one-year vocational course (Automotive) in the Philippines. He admitted that he has less than a vocation level of English but has a very high desire to improve his life for his family and himself. He responded to an advertisement from immigration and educational consultancy. Immigration and Educational consultancy accepts his evidence of a 1-year vocational course in Automotive and signs him up to study cookery in Australia. They also accept his initial deposit of approximately AU$2000 non-refundable but can be transferred to another applicant. Mr. Vocation signed a contract for a total of AU$8100.

Mr. Vocation struggled to complete the 1-year diploma and was surprised that he even passed. Student visa holders must study and pass their intended course otherwise they face the consequence of getting their visa canceled. Although English language proficiency evidence is not required for student visa applications from risk level 1 and 2 countries, the course is taught in English. If students struggled in English in their home country, it will be a struggle to successfully complete their course of study in Australia.

“No show money” – why you shouldn’t be trapped with this promise
The reason the “show money” became a requirement for student visa application is for students to have the financial capacity to pay for the first 12 months of tuition fee as well as to cover their living cost of $20, 290 (single applicant) as the student visa holders reason is to study in Australia. Most immigration and educational consultancy agencies use the “no show money” and back it with “you can work in Australia for up to 40 hours” to attract more individuals to apply for a student visa in Australia. In regard to the work privilege, it remains as is — a privilege. It shouldn’t be the main purpose of student visa applicants when they arrive in Australia. Student visa applicants must realize that it will take time to find a casual or part-time job. International students must not depend on finding a job as soon as they land in Australia. They must have funds for the tuition fee for the first 12 months. They must also not take their visa conditions lightly as they risk getting their student visa canceled if the department finds out they are breaching their visa conditions (i.e. working more than 40 hours per fortnight when the course is in session, switching from their course to other lower level courses, etc.)

Some International students on a student visa have to work to be able to afford their tuition fees and the cost of living. International students in Australia can receive permission to work part-time (up to 40 hours per fortnight) while they study).
As for Mr. Vocation, what are the prospect of success for his student visa application? His course must be closely related to passed educational qualifications or work experience or must have a strong statement to support a change of career option. If he does get his student visa approved, what is likely to happen when he gets to Australia? He already spent all his hard earned money on the student visa application and agency fee. As he arrives in Australia, he will have to pay for accommodation (approximately $150-$200 per week). He will need money for food and transportation as well as the cost of a mobile phone. It may take him a month or two to find a casual job. By then, it will be time to pay his tuition installment. He now has a choice to either pay his tuition fee or send money to his family.

Note: Under the Migration regulations, prospective students visa applicants and their family members must have access to funds in order to meet the living costs requirement of $20, 290 (contact us if you wish to learn more about the cost of living for the student’s partner and child).

Let’s say Mr. Vocation completes his studies successfully and now would like to extend his stay in Australia by applying for a further visa. The next visa that student visa holder may be eligible for is a temporary graduate visa which will require a competent score in English. If he doesn’t pass the English competency assessment, he may be eligible to apply for a temporary graduate visa and will be forced to return to his home country.

A qualified migration agent with a current legal practising certificate issued by an Australian body can provide immigration advice and help you prepare your visa application.
These are realities often not mentioned in seminars to get students to study in Australia. Consider all the requirements and the reason they are required before you decide to sign a contract with no refund facility and part with your hard-earned money. It is best to consult with a registered migration agent (RMA) with the office of the MARA (Migration Agent Registration Authority). Consumers can contact the office of the MARA if they believe the RMA has provided incorrect advice. There is no one to go to if the immigration advice is from a non-registered operator.

Do you wish to study in Australia? Book for a free assessment of your personal circumstances and qualifications today from a MARA registered migration agent. You may also watch relevant videos we posted on our Facebook page in regard to student visa application and working in Australia so you may equip yourself with more information prior to lodging your application.

Culinary arts is a niche that can well be conquered by Filipinos because of their passion for food – food dominates every life event in a Filipino setting. As diverse is the geography of the Philippines, so are the methods of cooking. Dishes normally reflect resources and methods indigenous to the region. Hence, one dish, though known by the same name, will have different flavours in the various regions of the country.

It is in this background from which an aspiring Filipino chef comes from. It is also no wonder why they aspire to be so. Armed with the requisites to become a great chef – passion for food fortified by patience and perseverance, Filipinos can become great masters of culinary arts.

However, becoming a chef takes more than being passionate, let alone becoming great. One needs to learn the techniques and tools of the trade, from food preparation to presentation. A degree in culinary arts will provide you with the basic culinary arts skills, even some exposure in the internship program built into the course but for mastery you will need much more than that.

An opportunity for bigger things await you with the QUEENSLAND HOSPITALITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (Q-HIP). Offered by Frontier Education, this 2-month culinary arts internship program will enable you to put into action your skills as you experience real international hospitality workplaces.

Frontier Education works with the leading 4-5 star hotels and resort chains and takes great care in finding the best available match between you and your host organization, taking into serious consideration your skill set or academic background, as well as industry demand.

By the end of your Australian experience you would have gained the following:

Opportunity to excel within the culinary arts sector.
Networking events / opportunities with industry professionals.
Learnedand operatedwithin global workplace standards.
Upskill in industry specific code of conduct and responsibilities.
Enhancedyour communication and customer servicing skills.
Carveda professional edge for yourself in the global workplace.
How can one pass up an excellent opportunity like this. Whether you intend to apply your skills back home or work abroad, the experience of a different culture, flavours and ingredients will be with you forever, and will enhance the shaping of your culinary trademark.

If you think your exemplary nursing school records and your professional license are your tickets success, you have another think coming. Oh, you probably know that by now. What with all the difficulties and attendant expenses you have experienced sending out your CVs with no viable prospects in sight.

Why go through unnecessary efforts, expenses and heartaches when you can get equipped with the necessary qualifications to work in Australia. Let’s get you started on a sure-fire way of getting you the job of your dreams and spare you the agony of being rejected AGAIN.

Let’s get you qualified

EPIQ or Education Program for Internationally Qualified Nurses is specifically designed for internationally qualified RNs who are looking at Australia for jobs as registered nurses. This means you have to be a Registered Nurse with work experience and have achieved a proficient score in an English proficiency test.

Completing the course will provide you with a Graduate Certificate of Australian Nursing.

What the graduate certificate will mean to you

Offered by Southern Cross University, EPIQ is fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Successfully completing the course means you will be eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Registered Nurse in Australia.

Scope of study

EPIQ combines theoretical learning with the opportunity to build on your professional practice in a wide spectrum of the nursing practice – from contextual, professional, collaborative to therapeutic practice in Australia. All these for only a period of six months with an eight week placement.

The course is offered on campus where students complete foundational theory work after which comes a consolidated professional experience placement. Assessments are done during on-campus training and appraisals given in the clinical settings.

And yes, you can work too!

As you may have gathered by now, this course will fully equip you for a rewarding nursing practice in Australia. But that’s not the end of it. Not only will you be getting your qualification via a graduate certificate after successful completion of the course, you get to work part time while you study! How cool is that!

Don’t let your lack of qualifications dampen your dream of becoming one of the successful Filipino nurses. Save yourself the time, effort and financial resources by getting there quicker than you ever imagined. Register for our seminar and be on your way to success.

One of the reasons people love to travel it it gives them the opportunity to experience another culture through its food. The unique combination of tastes and smells distinguish one culture from another. The chance of getting a culinary internship abroad is an enriching experience for anyone aspiring to make a career out of culinary arts.

Why Intern Abroad in Culinary Arts
The goal of every culinary internship is to learn another cuisine and be able to prepare it yourself. Not only will you learn new dishes to prepare, you get exposed to new techniques, cooking methods and a wider variety of flavors as well. To be able to do this, immersion is extremely necessary.

Culinary Internship in Australia
Every country offers opportunities to explore the local culinary culture. What better place to learn than from a the country that knows how to produce great master chefs and offers some of the best dining experiences. Being able to actually learn Australian cuisine and take the new skills home would definitely give you the edge that you need to make a name in culinary arts.

True to form, Australia strictly implements exacting standards on any training program offered in the country and this is no different. Your culinary internship will definitely provide you with an invaluable opportunity to gain work experience which will benefit you anywhere in the world.

Consider the career development opportunities that a culinary internship in Australia will bring you! Here’s an excellent chance of working across different food trade industry sectors at home and overseas!

Start cooking your way to success, REGISTER with us today for more information.