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Subclass 500 visa – a visa for study that may bring further opportunities for international students in Australia

Subclass 500 visa is among the most common options for people who are seeking education in Australia. How to prepare and successfully apply for this visa? Let’s read on to get advice from our qualified and experienced consultant.



What is a Student visa – Subclass 500?

A Student visa – Subclass 500 is a visa that allows you to come to Australia for study. This visa can facilitate you for obtaining skills, work experience and employment after completing an eligible course in Australia.


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What is a Student visa – Subclass 500?


The benefits of a Subclass 500 visa

Subclass 500 holders will be entitled the following benefits:


ResidencyTo stay in Australia within your Subclass 500 visa validity.
Study and work
    • To study in Australia.
    • For students from and over 18 years of age: Can work up to 48 hours a fortnight while studying.
    • For partners of students who are studying a master / PhD course can work full-time.
Multiple entries
    • Travel in and out of Australia within the visa validity.


The requirements of a Subclass 500 Student visa


    • No age limit.
    • If you’re under 18 years of age, you must be arranged for guardianship.
English language competencyMust meet the suitable English requirement for the course.
Financial aspectBe able to pay for your expenses in Australia.
Health careMust hold Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Health and character requirementsMust meet the health and character requirements.


You may be allowed to enroll in an English course first to meet the English requirement before entering the main course. Contact our professional migration expert for further advice according to your circumstances.


The cost of a Subclass 500 visa


For the main applicantsAUD710
For the additional applicants
    • Over 18 years old: AUD530.
    • Under 18 years old: AUD175

Note: The visa 500 fee listed above does not include a 1.4% surcharge.


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The cost of a Subclass 500 visa


In addition, you need to pay other fees for health examination, biometrics collection and police clearance checks.


Note that you will not get any refund if your visa application is refused.


Steps to apply for Australian Student visa

    • Step 1: Check if you meet visa 500 requirements.
    • Step 2: Choose university/ college/ school and major to study.
    • Step 3: Prepare the documents to apply for the course.
    • Step 4: Receive an Offer Letter from the school.
    • Step 5: Pay the tuition fee and receive a Confirm of Enrolment (CoE).
    • Step 6: Prepare the documents and apply for the Subclass 500.
    • Step 7: Provide additional documents (if required).
    • Step 8: Receive Subclass 500.


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Steps to apply for Australian Student visa


Contact VEM to be well-prepared for your visa application. Our qualified education and migration consultant (QEAC: K580; MARN: 1577877) will assist you for the whole process of your application.


Processing times of Subclass 500 visa


Visa streams50% of applications is processed within90% of applications is processed within
Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector

9 days

42 days

Postgraduate Research Sector

42 days

7 months

Non-Award Sector

Less than 1 day

17 days

Schools Sector

22 days

76 days

Independent ELICOS Sector

15 days

41 days

Vocational Education and Training Sector

35 days

3 months

Higher Education Sector

14 days

66 days


Visa 500 processing time could be longer than the time frame if your application is not logged properly. Contact VEM for assistance.


Required documents for Subclass 500 visa application


Identification documents
    • Certified copy of your valid passport.
    • Certified CV/ resume.
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate.
    • Certified copy of your registration book.
    • ID card photos.
GTE – Genuine Temporary Entrant
    • Previous study.
    • Study plan.
    • Other supporting documents.
    • An offer letter from the Australian schools/ universities/ colleges.
    • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
    • Previous study records (certificates, academic transcript, etc.).
    • A working reference letter(s)
Financial evidence
    • Saving account book.
    • Certificate of Title.
    • Payslips


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Required documents for Subclass 500 visa application


You can apply for the visa yourself, but it is recommended that you should use visa services provided by a registered migration agent.


Client’s story

VEM, with more than 12 years of experience in the migration field, had helped many clients to be granted visa 500. We’d supported Mr. Son Tung successfully got a Student visa and accompanied him along his migration pathway.

Contact VEM to be well-prepared for your visa application. Our qualified consultant – Mr. Peter Cao, a registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877), will assist you for the whole process of your application.


Frequently asked questions

Where must I be when applying for visa 500?

You can be onshore or offshore when applying for a Student visa.

Can I include my close family members in my application?

Yes if they meet the requirements of visa dependents.

What are levels of education accepted for visa 500?
  • Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector
  • Postgraduate Research Sector
  • Non-Award Sector
  • Schools Sector
  • Independent ELICOS Sector
  • Vocational Education and Training Sector
  • Higher Education Sector.

What visas can I apply for after completing my study?

After completing your study, you may be eligible to apply for a Subclass 485, 189, 190, 491, etc.


In order to get the best outcome of your visa application and further advice on your visa pathways, contact VEM for further assistance. Our registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) will legally advise and help your visa application well-prepared for the best possible outcome.


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