You must first be enrolled in a full-time course at an Australian education provider and obtain written confirmation of your enrolment (CoE) from that provider. We will then prepare and lodge your visa application with the Department of Home Affairs. The main criterion is that you meet the requirements referred to below, the exact nature of which will depend upon your passport nationality and the education provider requirements. You must also meet the relevant health and character requirements.
Student Visa subclasses
Student Visa (Subclass 500)
If you are an international student and want to study in Australia, this visa is for you. You will be able to stay in Australia for the duration of the course. It allows you to travel multiples times back and forth to Australia until your validity of your student visa. Your members of the family unit can also accompany you.
Whilst studying, you must work no more than 40 hours per fortnight whilst your course is in session, and for your initial visa only commence work once your course has commenced. Different work provisions apply to higher education research Master and Doctoral level courses please discuss with us if appropriate. You should also check the work allowance for any dependents on your application if appropriate.
The exact requirements for this visa will depend upon the level of risk assigned to your application (the ‘Immigration Risk’), which is a combined immigration risk assessment determined by the risk rating of the education provider and your passport nationality.
As the visa applicant, you must:
- enrol with an Australian education provider as a full-time student, and obtain written confirmation of this enrolment
- genuinely intend to complete the relevant period of study in Australia
- have the required level of English language proficiency unless exempt
- have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the period of your intended stay in Australia
- have access to sufficient funds to cover your return airfares, tuition fees and the cost of living in Australia, as well as costs required for any dependents included in your application.
The exact amount of funds a student requires is set by the Department of Home affairs (the ‘DoHA’), and is determined by your chosen education provider, your course of study and other personal circumstances. Please contact us for further details.
Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 590)
If you want to send your child to study in Australia who is under the age of 18 years, you will be able to apply for Student Guardian Visa for yourself.
This visa only allows one parent to join the student and parent can also have one other dependent to accompany in Australia who is under the age of 6 to join them during their stay. This visa does not allow the visa holder to work in Australia.
As the visa applicant, you must:
- be EITHER the student’s parent or legal guardian OR a relative who is at least 21 years old
- be able to provide accommodation, general welfare and other support to the student, and to any other members of your family who are under 18 years old
- genuinely intend to reside in Australia with the student
- not have any dependent children under six years old (unless there are exceptional circumstances)
- have made adequate arrangements for health insurance during your stay in Australia
- have access to sufficient funds to cover your return airfares and the cost of living in Australia.
The exact amount of funds you will require is set by the Department of Home Affairs.
Please contact us for further details.
The student whom you intend to accompany to Australia must:
- EITHER be under 18 years old OR have exceptional reasons for requiring you to reside with them in Australia (e.g. need for medical care, or established religious/cultural grounds)
genuinely intend to reside with you in Australia
The student whom you intend to accompany to Australia must either hold a valid Student visa or apply for a Student visa at the same time as (or before) you lodge your visa application.
When the student’s eligibility has been established, we will prepare and lodge your visa application with the Department of Home Affairs. The main criterion is that you meet the requirements referred to above, the exact nature of which will depend upon the chosen education provider and student’s passport nationality. You must also meet the relevant health and character requirements.
Once the Department of Home Affairs has granted your visa, you may accompany the student into (or remain with the student in) Australia. You may not work whilst in Australia.
This is general information only and specific information relevant to your circumstances should be confirmed with us before taking any action.
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