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All you need to know about an Australian Student visa – Subclass 500

Why does everyone want to come to Australia with a Subclass 500 visa? With a great opportunity to adapt in an energetic and hard – working environment, high quality education system, Australia is one of the most attractive countries in the world for living, working and studying. That’s why a student visa – Subclass 500 for students obviously becomes valuable.



What is a Student visa – Subclass 500?

An Australian Student visaSubclass 500 allows applicants to visit Australia and participate in a course of study here. This visa is usually not hard to apply for, however the ongoing international borders closure due to COVID-19 has greatly affected the approval of the Subclass 500 visa.

The benefits of a Subclass 500 visa

A Subclass 500 visa brings many wonderful benefits to its applicants.


Residence benefitsStay in Australia within the expiration of your visa.
Free entries benefitsTravel to and from Australia as many times as you want before the expired date of your visa.
Working benefits
    • If you’re over 18 years old, you can work up to 40 hours every 2-week period once your course starts. However, the previous 40 hour fortnightly limit applied during study periods will not be enforced for student visa holders who are working in the tourism and hospitality industry (until further announcements). Mr Phong Cao – CEO of VEM – is a member of the Australian Migration Institute (MIA: 12648), so when working with VEM, clients will also be informed about any new changes or policies.
    • If you’re studying for a Master degree, you’re allowed to work full-time.
Education benefits

Participate in an eligible course of study in Australia.


Many international students still don’t fully understand these benefits. That’s why they tend to miss out on the opportunities to benefit from these amazing rights.


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Beneficial of a Student visa


If there’s any further questions related to the Subclass 500 visa, contact VEM for proper and detailed advice from our consultant – Mr Phong Cao who is licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877). He’s capable of giving you the most suitable advice and tips for your specific case.

The requirements of a Subclass 500 visa

To apply for a student visa – Subclass 500 to study in Australia, there are some requirements for you (applicant):


Age requirements
    • A Subclass 500 visa doesn’t have any specific age requirements for applicants.
    • If you’re under 18 years old, you must apply with a guardian. The guardian must apply for a Subclass 590 visa.
English language requirementsProvide evidence of your English language skills at the time you submit your visa application.
Finance requirements
    • Prove that you have enough money for your living and studying in Australia for the first year.
    • The applicants may ask for a financial sponsorship from another person. In November, 2020, the sponsor must be your biological parents.
Health insurance requirementsMust have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). VEM will assist you to buy this health insurance.
Health and character requirementsMust meet the health and character requirements of the Australian Government.


A Subclass 500 visa grant is attributed to different factors. Even though many applicants meet all the listed requirements, they still receive a visa rejection. The two main reasons for this are:

  • Their gap year is too long.
  • They have previously had a visa cancelled or refused.

To know whether you’re eligible for a Subclass 500 visa, contact VEM’s hotline directly for immediate consultancy.


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How to apply for a Student visa


The cost of a Subclass 500 visa


The applicants630 AUD
The accompany family member
    • Over 18 years old: 470 AUD
    • Under 18 years old: 155 AUD

Note: The fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.


Any kind of refund is impossible when your application is rejected. Additionally, when the Department of Home Affairs doesn’t approve your visa for the first time, any visa applications in the future will be much harder and much more complex.

Step by step of an Australian Student visa – Subclass 500

  • Step 1: Submit medical checkups to see if you’re qualified or not.
  • Step 2: Submit a personal statement addressing the GTE requirement.
  • Step 3: Making the application.
  • Step 4: Your application is processed.
  • Step 5: Add any additional required documents.
  • Step 6: Being granted a visa.

The successful rate of your Subclass 500 visa depends a lot on your GTE statement.

Mr Phong Cao is responsible for providing you with the most accurate and updated information about your visa application process.


This is also one of the reasons why many clients have chosen VEM’s services. They can know exactly the stages of their application process.


Therefore, having VEM by your side while applying for a Subclass 500 visa would help increase your chance of getting a visa grant.

Processing times of Subclass 500 visa

Due to the international borders closures many Australian schools have opted for online studying instead of the usual on-campus schedule. Therefore, even when you’re not able to visit Australia now, you can still participate in several online courses.

This would allow you to still stay with your family and save you a great deal of living costs.


SectorsProcessing times
Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector
    • 75% of applications in 18 days
    • 90% of applications in 52 days
Postgraduate Research Sector
    • 75% of applications in 5 months
    • 90% of applications in 9 months
Non-Award Sector
    • 75% of applications in 1 day
    • 90% of applications in 9 days
Schools Sector
    • 75% of applications in 82 days
    • 90% of applications in 7 months
Independent ELICOS Sector
    • 75% of applications in 33 days
    • 90% of applications in 4 months
Vocational Education and Training Sector
    • 75% of applications in 7 months
    • 90% of applications in 9 months
Higher Education Sector
    • 75% of applications in 90 days
    • 90% of applications in 6 months


Moreover, your application might take longer if you are misleading and do not include all the documents that are required or fill it in the wrong way. It takes the DHA longer to verify your information. Your processing could also not be done by paying the wrong application charge.

VEM will help you step by step with your documents, fees and applications. Do not hesitate to contact us for help. It is our pleasure to assist you!

What documents and papers are required for Australian Student visa – Subclass 500?

Is it hard to get a Subclass 500? Preparation is always the key!

The more carefully you prepare, the higher chance for you to get a visa. These are the some main documents you need to prepare before apply:


Identification papers
    • Copies of your certified birth certificate.
    • Copies of your certified Family Resident Registration book.
    • Copies of your certified passport (within a 6-month period starting from the beginning of your visa application).
    • 4 card images (taken less than 2 months).
Application form

An application form 157.

VEM will provide these forms and instruct you.

GTE – Genuine Temporary Entrant
    • A study plan
    • A curriculum vitae
Proofs of your eligibility
    • An offer letter from the Australian schools/universities.
    • Proof of Overseas Student Health Cover
    • A working reference letter(s) (if you are working in your country).
    • Previous school records.
    • Welfare proof: savings book, certificate of title, payslips,… to ensure your family is capable of supporting you while you are studying in Australia.


Notes for a Subclass 500 visa application

Our advice for you (applicant) when applying for a student visa – Subclass 500 is having a well – prepared for your study plan on your file is the most important thing. Moreover, this is the key leading to your success in the result. An unprepared, problematic study plan will ruin everything.

Furthermore, according to VEM experts, if you want to stay in Australia after graduated Subclass 500, you should choose your course related to a profession or job listed on the Medium and Long – term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), Short – Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), Regional Occupation List (ROL).

Contact us and our VEM experts will help you to apply for your visa.


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Notes for a Student visa application


Eligible English certificates for Subclass 500 visa


Types of certificateMinimum scoresEnglish Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students
  Less than 10 weeksLess than 20 weeks
CAE (C1 Advanced)612154147
PTE Academic423630
OETMust score a B for each skillnonenone


For more details, make sure you contact VEM now.

In addition, VEM also provides Australian-English courses that are customized to your ability and your needs.

Our course won’t be just about the language itself, but it will also give you a glimpse of the Australian culture through our teaching materials. This will definitely help you fit it easier when going to Australia.

What to do when your Subclass 500 visa expires

To continue your stay in Australia, you may consider applying for these visas.


Types of visaRequirements
A Visitor visa – Subclass 600Your Subclass 500 visa must be expired before the application for a Visitor visa.
A Temporary Graduate visa – Subclass 485
    • Used to hold or currently holding a Subclass 500 visa
    • Must complete all of the previous courses within 6 months
    • The length of your course must be at least 2 years.
Skilled Recognition Graduate visa – subclass 476Have just graduated from an engineering course


Each visa requires different requirements. That’s why you should contact VEM so that our professional consultant can provide more detailed information as well as evaluate your eligibility

A story about student visa


If your purpose is getting an Australian citizenship in the future, then you have to choose the right course. Your path must be led by a reliable, knowledgeable consultant.


Those things are very important to your future career. Without a qualified consultant , many students finish their courses and do not know what to do next, then they have to go back to their own country when their visa expires.

The VEM’s team, for example, has an experience with Dang Vu Phong Dan – one of our clients. Even though he has finished 2 master courses in Australia, he still cannot apply for a visa to stay in this country.

Facing his visa expiration, Phong Dan has found us. VEM has shown him clearly step by step and helped him to apply for his new visa. Fortunately, he has been granted a student visa the third time with the right course to stay in Australia.

Besides, he has successfully passed the skills assessment. Our VEM’s team continues to help him to complete his application for Subclass 189 visa.

Phong Dan said: “I came to VEM, and Phong Cao helped me a lot with my problems and also gave me useful advice. Without him, I could not have the right direction. Finally, I have successfully applied for a student visa – Subclass 500 for the third time. I also passed the skills assessment. Now he is helping me to complete my application form for the Subclass 189 visa.”



Please contact VEM for more detail from studying abroad to immigration. Let us help you from now. Your future, your decision!

Frequently asked questions

How can I know more information about my Subclass 500 when the visa is granted?

The final result of your Subclass 500 visa granted will be announced in written documents. It will include your visa number and the expired date of your visa.

Can I travel to Australia with a Subclass 500 visa?

Yes, you can. You can travel in and out of Australia when the visa is still valid. But the main purpose of the Subclass 500 visa is for overseas study in Australia.

If you’re intended to visit Australia for touring purposes, check out the Visitor visa – Subclass 600

Where can I apply for a Subclass 500 visa?

You can apply onshore or offshore with this Subclass 500 visa. Contact VEM for detailed instructions on what to prepare and how to apply.


If there’s still any further questions relating to an Australian Student visaSubclass 500, please leave a comment below or contact VEM through our hotline so VEM can contact you back as soon as possible.


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