Australian Student Visa

Australian Student Visa: Requirements, Costs And Procedure

Discover everything you need to know about applying for an Australian Student Visa. Our expert consultant outlines essential requirements, costs, and the application procedure, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your academic journey in Australia!

What is an Australian Student visa?

The Australian Student visa is specifically designed for international students who wish to undertake a course of study in Australia. It permits holders to enroll in a registered educational program and reside in Australia for the duration of their studies.

what is an australian student visa?
what is an australian student visa?

Student visa and related visas

Student visa – subclass 500

The Student visa (Subclass 500 visa) enables international students to pursue studies in Australia. This visa grants permission to reside in Australia for the duration of their full-time course, which can extend up to 5 years, at a recognized Australian educational institution approved by the government.

Guardian visa – subclass 590

The Student Guardian visa Australia (Subclass 590) is designed for guardians accompanying international students under 18 years of age (or over 18 years requiring special care) who hold an Australian Student visa. This visa enables the guardian to provide support and care for the student throughout their studies in Australia. Applicants (guardians) must be parents, legal guardians, or relatives who meet the requirements specified for the student visa holder.

Temporary Graduate visa – subclass 485

The Temporary Graduate visa Australia (Subclass 485 visa) is designed for international students who have recently completed at least a 2-year course at an eligible Australian educational institution. This temporary visa allows holders to remain in Australia to gain work experience relevant to their qualifications.

student visa and related visas
student visa and related visas

Requirement for Australia Student visa

The requirements for the Australian Student visa (Subclass 500) typically include:

  • Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE): You must have a valid Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) for a registered course at an Australian educational institution.
  • Financial Capacity: Demonstrate that you have enough funds to cover tuition fees, living expenses, and return airfare for yourself and any accompanying family members.
  • Genuine Student (GS) Requirement: Provide evidence that you genuinely intend to stay in Australia temporarily for the purpose of studying.
  • Health and Character Checks: You must meet health requirements by undergoing a health examination. Additionally, provide police clearance certificates from all countries where you have lived for 12 months or more over the past 10 years.
  • English Language Proficiency: Depending on your nationality and the course you intend to study, you may need to demonstrate English language proficiency through tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE Academic.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC): Obtain and maintain OSHC for the duration of your stay in Australia.
  • Biometrics: Depending on your nationality, you may need to provide biometric data (fingerprints and photograph).

These requirements may vary based on individual circumstances and changes in Australian immigration policies. It is advisable to consult with a registered migration agent or refer to the official website of the Department of Home Affairs for the most up-to-date information.

requirement for Australian student visa
requirement for Australian student visa

For personalized guidance on your study abroad process in Australia, please contact VEM. Registered for practice (MARN: 1577877) and a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648), Mr. Peter Cao will assist you with tailored advice and the best possible pathway.

Cost of Student visa Australia

The Student visa Australia cost is AUD1,600 according to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). Additional applicants aged 18 years and over incur a fee of AUD1,190, while those under 18 years old have a fee of AUD390.

Steps to apply for Student visa Australia

After selecting a suitable school and course of study, international students need to complete the following procedures:

  • Step 1: Choose Your Course and Institution
  • Step 2: Apply for a CoE (Confirm of Enrolment)
  • Step 3: Gather Documents
  • Step 4: Create an ImmiAccount
  • Step 5: Complete the Application Form
  • Step 6: Pay the Visa Fee
  • Step 7: Submit Application
  • Step 8: Biometrics and Health examination (if required)
  • Step 9: Await Decision
  • Step 10: Visa Grant
  • Step 11: Prepare for Arrival
steps to apply for student visa australian
steps to apply for student visa Australian

It is recommended to consult with a registered migration agent or refer to the official website of the Department of Home Affairs for detailed and up-to-date guidance throughout the application process.

New changes on Student visa

New Requirement for Student Visa Applicants

Effective March 23, 2024, under the updated Australian Migration strategy, applicants for the Student Visa (Subclass 500) will no longer be required to submit a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Statement. Instead, a Genuine Student (GS) test will be introduced to assess applicants’ genuine intention to study in Australia.

new changes on student visa
new changes on student visa

Restrict ‘visa hopping’ onshore

Effective July 1st, 2024, holders of Visitor visa (Subclass 600) and Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485) will no longer be eligible to apply for the Student Visa Australia (Subclass 500) while onshore. 

This change aims to prevent ‘visa hopping’, following over 36,000 applications transitioning from visitor visas to Student visas between July 1st, 2023, and May 31st, 2024. The update emphasizes that graduates should either secure skilled employment and apply for permanent residency or depart Australia to comply with temporary stay regulations.

Increased English Requirements

  • Minimum IELTS score increased from 5.5 to 6.0.
  • Minimum IELTS score for the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) increased from 4.5 to 5.0.
  • No IELTS certificate required for students enrolling only in ELICOS.

Contact VEM if you need detailed consultancy for Australia study visa. Our consultant, Mr. Peter Cao, a registered migration consultant (MARN: 1577877) and qualified education consultant (QEAC: K580), ensures professional handling of your visa application, meeting all legal requirements.

By: Peter Phong D Cao – Registered migration agent

(MARN: 1577877, MIA: 12648)

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Frequently asked questions about Student visa

Is there an age limit for an Australian student visa?

No, there is no age limit for the Australian Student visa.

How long can I stay in Australia for studying?

The duration of your stay in Australia with a Student visa depends on the length of the course that you are enrolled in.

Should I enroll in a course first or apply for a Student visa first?

You need to enroll in a course first before applying for a Student visa.