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The Australian Government always pays attention to the best interest of a child, especially children under 18. Parents with children studying overseas will be less worried if they can look after their kids themselves. Understanding this, the Australian Department of Home Affairs has brought out the Student Guardian visaSubclass 590.

So how can you apply for this visa in 2023? Keep reading this article for more details.



What is a Student Guardian visa – Subclass 590?

This visa is for applicants with kids under 18 or kids over 18 but require special treatment. It allows applicants to visit Australia and support a child who holds a Student visa – Subclass 500.

The applicant must be the biological parents of the child or an eligible family member.


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What is this Student Guardian visa for?


The benefits of a Subclass 590 visa

With this visa, applicants can receive several benefits including:

  • Residence benefits: stay temporarily with an international student in Australia.
  • Travelling benefits: travel to and from Australia within the visa duration. You must be accompanied by an international student when leaving Australia.

For more information about the benefits of the guardian, contact VEM today. Our professional migration consultant who is licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877) will support you to make the best use of these benefits.

The requirements of an Australian Subclass 590 visa


Relationship with the student visa holder
    • Parent of the student visa holder.
    • Person who has custody of the student.
    • Relative of the student, aged 21 years or older, nominated in writing by a parent or person who has custody of the student.
FinanceMust be able to provide accommodation, general welfare and support to the student.

Have no debt to the Australian Government.

Health and characterMust meet the health and character requirements of the Australian Government.
Where to lodge for a visaOnshore or offshore
Where to receive the visa grantOnshore or offshore


Moreover, you must provide evidence that your spouse, who is not coming to Australia as a guardian will support you and has an annual income over 72.592AUD or more within the immediate 12 months before you apply.


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Requirements for applying a Student Guardian visa


Step by step of a Student Guardian visa – Subclass 590

  • Step 1: Check to see if you’re qualified or not.
  • Step 2: Gather necessary documents.
  • Step 3: Making the application and paying the visa application fee 6 months before the student visa holder’s course begins.
  • Step 4: Your application is processed.
  • Step 5: Add any additional required documents (if needed).
  • Step 6: Being granted a visa.


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The process of a Student Guardian visa


What documents and papers are required for a Subclass 590 visa?

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 passport.
    • Copies of your ID card.
    • Card images.
    • Proofs that you have changed name before.

An application form 157D.

VEM will provide these forms and instruct you.

Proofs of your eligibility
    • Proof that you can financially support you and the student during your stay.
    • Proof that you have registered for the Australian Medicare.
    • Proof that you stay in Australia temporarily:
      • A return air ticket.
      • A proof of property and other valuable assets in your country.
      • Evidence of your immediate family members in your country.
      • A living plan in Australia.


To enhance your chances of getting a Subclass 590 visa grant, book your appointment with VEM today. Mr Phong Cao is also a member of the Australian Migration Institute (MIA: 12648). He’s always updated the latest changes relating to all Australian visas. Your application will surely be sufficient and abide by the laws.


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How to apply for a Student Guardian visa – Subclass 590?


The cost of a Subclass 590 visa


The applicants630 AUD
The accompany family memberFree of charge

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


There will be other costs for a police check and health check.

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.

Processing times of Subclass 590 visa

According to the information provided on the DHA’s website


75% of applications4 months
90% of applications9 months


Responsibilities of a Subclass 590 visa holder


Support the student visa holderMust be living with the student and supporting the student.
WorkMust not work during the time you stay in Australia.
Buy health insuranceMust buy health insurance for yourself and for the student.
Follow the lawsMust not violate the Australia laws by all means.
Leave AustraliaMust not leave Australia without the student visa holder.


Frequently asked questions

What is a Subclass 590 visa?

This visa is for applicants with kids under 18 or kids over 18 but require special treatment. It allows applicants to visit Australia and support a child who holds a Student visa – Subclass 500.

How long can I stay in Australia with a Subclass 590 visa?

Student guardian visa – Subclass 590 is a temporary visa which helps you to stay with your child. You can stay in Australia until your specific expired date on your visa. In specific, the length of your visa depends on the student’s visa or when they turn to 18.


Having another family member by their side may help ease the culture shock experienced by many overseas students.

If there’s any further questions about the 590 visa, leave a comment below or call our hotline and VEM will contact you as soon as possible.


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