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Student Visa is a temporary visa allows international student to stay in Australia for up to 5 years and in line with your enrolment for the purpose of full-time study at an educational institution. You can apply this visa while in Australia or offshore but you must apply at least 6 weeks before your course starts.
According to the information released by the Department; this visa enables you to
You can include family members in your application. They must be either your partner or your or your partner’s dependent child who is unmarried and under the age of 18.
Please be aware that you must be aged 6 or older to apply for this visa.
To be eligible to apply this Visa, you must
1.Be a certain age if you are a school student
2.Enrolled in a course of study
3.Make welfare arrangements if you are under 18 years
4.Meet English language requirements
|English language test providers||Minimum score|
|International English language testing system (IELTS)||5.5|
|TOEFL internet-based test||46|
|Cambridge English: advanced(certificate in advanced English)||162|
|Pearson test of English academic (PTE academic)||42|
|Occupational English test||B for each test component|
5.Have adequate health insurance
6.Have not held a certain visa
7.Have enough money for your stay
8.Be a genuine temporary entrant
9.Meet the character requirement
10.Meet the health requirement
11.Sign the Australian value statement
12.Repay all your or any family members debt to the Australian Government
13.Not have had a visa cancelled or previous application refused
14.Best interests of the child
There are two options to prove that you have enough money to support yourself, the student visa holder(s) and any children who come to Australia with you.
Option 1: You can give evidence of: deposits of money from a financial institution, government loans or loans from a financial institution or scholarships or similar financial support
Option 2: you can show us that your spouse or de facto partner who is not travelling to Australia will support you and has an annual income of AUD60,000 in the 12 months immediately before you apply.
Work out how much money you need
You must have sufficient money to pay for:
Please read the guide below provided by the Department.
Use the first 12 months of your course fees. If your course is 12 months or less, use the total cost. Deduct any costs you have already paid – you must provide evidence you have paid them, such as a receipt or Confirmation of Enrolment.
As a guide, when you calculate how much money you need, include:
At least AUD8,000 per year for each child.
However, the following conditions might be attached to this visa:
Condition 8203 & 8204
Identity documents such as current passport
Confirmation of enrolment, letters of support and acceptance form
You can find all information in relation to the cost of this visa on the Department website.
The visa costs from AUD630 for the main applicant, unless they are exempt.
For information regarding to the exception of cost please visit here.
Please be aware that other costs may applies such a health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
The length of stay granted on a Student (Subclass 500) Visa varies depending on the course you are intending on studying.
Note: guide published by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA)
|Length of course||Length of stay|
|10 months or longer, finishing at the end of the Australian academic year (November to December)||DHA will usually grant a visa stay period to 15 March of the following year|
|10 months or longer, finishing from January until October||DHA will usually grant a visa stay period of 2 months longer than the course|
|Less than 10 months||DHA will usually grant a visa stay period 1 month longer than the course|
The maximum length of stay for a student visa will generally not exceed 5 years.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) must cover at a minimum, the length of your course, the expiration of your OSHC may be considered when determining your length of stay. Your visa end date cannot be changed once granted so when you are deciding how much OSHC to get be mindful of the general guide above.
To be granted a student visa that covers to/past the end of your course you must have OSHC in place for the same period.
I.E., If your course is 3 years in length and is finishing at the end of an Australian academic year (November-December), you will most likely be granted a student visa to 15 March the following year, provided you have OSHC to that date.
Length of stay for a Postgraduate Research student is 6 months longer than the period shown in the general guide above, to allow students to remain onshore during the time their thesis is being marked.
I.E., If a Postgraduate Research student is taking a course that is longer than 10 months, finishing at the end of an Australian academic year (November-December), they will most likely be granted a student visa that ceases on the 15th of September the following year, provided they have OSHC to that date. This is 6 additional months after the usual end of stay on the 15th of March.
To protect the vulnerability of younger children, the maximum period for a student visa for a child at primary school age (6-12) is generally 3 years. However, primary school aged children can apply for another student visa before the end of their stay to continue their schooling in Australia. This is so the Department of Home Affairs can re-assess if it is in the best interest of the child to be in Australia on a student visa.
If a child is applying to finish primary school/start high school their visa may be granted for 5 years if the time in primary school does not exceed the 3 years
I.E., if a student was to enrol in year 4, 5 and 6 in primary school and year 7 and 8 in high school, the length of stay would be granted until the end of year 8.
The processing time will depend on your study sector.
|Visa||Stream||25% Of Visas Processed||50% Of Visas Processed||75% Of Visas Processed||90% Of Visas Processed|
|500 – Student visa (subclass 500)||Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector||28 days||50 days||87 days||7 months|
|500 – Student visa (subclass 500)||Postgraduate Research Sector||19 days||52 days||4 months||8 months|
|500 – Student visa (subclass 500)||Independent ELICOS Sector||12 days||28 days||81 days||18 months|
|500 – Student visa (subclass 500)||Schools Sector||26 days||49 days||5 months||9 months|
|500 – Student visa (subclass 500)||Vocational Education and Training Sector||30 days||90 days||8 months||16 months|
|500 – Student visa (subclass 500)||Higher Education Sector||12 days||22 days||76 days||7 months|
|500 – Student visa (subclass 500)||Non-Award Sector||Less than 1 day||Less than 1 day||7 days||22 days|
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