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Subclass 590 visa – without worries leaving your young children by themselves while studying in Australia

Subclass 590 visa brings opportunities for parents or guardians to be with their children in Australia to support and care for them during their study. Let’s learn about the benefits, requirements of visa 590 and get advice from our qualified and experienced consultant.



What is a Student Guardian visa – Subclass 590?

Student Guardian visa – Subclass 590 is a visa that allows a guardian (parents or eligible family member) to come to Australia to provide care and support for their child during their study.

The child must be under 18 years of age and currently holding a Student visa, or over 18 years of age if they’re under exceptional circumstances.


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What is a Student Guardian visa – Subclass 590?


The benefits of a Subclass 590

Subclass 590 visa holders will be entitled the following benefits:



To stay in Australia for as long as the student stays.

StudyTo attend an English course – ELICOS, or take another course for up to three months.
Multiples entriesTo travel in and out of Australia within the visa validity.
Visa lodgement & visa grantCan be in or outside Australia when applying for and being granted visa 590.


The requirements of Student Guardian visa



Be a parent, custodian or an eligible relative of the child who is from and over 21 years of age.

    • Be able to financially support themselves during the stay in Australia.
    • Have no debt to the Australian Government.
Health and characterMeet the health and character requirements.


The Department of Home Affair (DHA) may change the requirements of visas from time to time.


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The requirements of Subclass 590 Student Guardian visa


Contact VEM for updates. Our qualified education and migration consultant (QEAC: K580; MARN: 1577877) will assist you.


Steps to apply for a Student Guardian visa

    • Step 1: Check whether you meet the requirements.
    • Step 2: Prepare the documents and apply for the 590 visa.
    • Step 3: Provide additional documents (if required).
    • Step 4: Receive the Subclass 590.


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Steps to apply for a Student Guardian visa


It is recommended that you should use visa services provided by a registered migration agent who is qualified to help your visa process smooth.


Required documents for a Subclass 590


Identification documents
    • Certified copy of your valid passport.
    • ID card photos.
    • Certified copy of your identification.
    • Certified copy of your marriage certificate.
    • Proof of legal name change (if necessary).
    • Proof of relationship to the student.
Proofs of your eligibility
    • Proof that you can financially support yourself during your stay.
    • Tax assessments.
    • Evidence of adequate health insurance.
    • Police check.
    • Temporary entrant documents (A return air ticket, proof of property in home country, a letter confirming you’ll leave Australia, etc.).


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Required documents for a Subclass 590


To be granted the visa in the earliest possible time, your visa application should be processed properly and as a “ready make decision”. Contact VEM for further assistance.


The cost of a Subclass 590 visa application


The main applicantsAUD710
The additional applicantFree of charge

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


It’s best to be well-prepared as you may not get any refund if your visa application is refused.


Subclass 590 visa processing time

According to the latest information provided on the DHA’s website, 90% of visa 590 applications will be processed within 4 months.

The processing time of visa 590 could be longer than the time frame if your application is not lodged properly. Contact VEM for further assistance!

Our registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) and member of Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648) will legally advise and help your visa application well-prepared for the best possible outcome.


Responsibilities of a Subclass 590 visa holder

    • Must provide care and support for the child.
    • Must not work during the time you stay in Australia.
    • Must buy health insurance for yourself and for the student.
    • Must comply with all Subclass 590 conditions and Australia laws.
    • Must not leave Australia without the student visa holder.


Frequently asked questions

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

You can stay in Australia for as long as the Student visa holder stays or when they are 18 years of age.

Can the applicant be a friend of the Student visa holder?

No. The applicant must be a parent/ custodian or an eligible relative of the child who is from and over 21 years of age.


We accompany our clients for their whole immigration journey. Contact VEM for further assistance.


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