A student visa enables overseas students to come to Australia to undertake full-time study in registered courses.
In order to apply for a Student Visa, you must first be accepted to study full time in a registered course offered at one of Australia schools, technical colleges or universities.
The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provides a list of courses available for overseas students.
Applying for a student visa
These are the type of student visas available:
- Independent English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Sector visa (subclass 570)
- Schools Sector visa (subclass 571)
- Vocational Education and Training Sector visa (subclass 572)
- Higher Education Sector visa (subclass 573)
- Postgraduate Research Sector visa (subclass 574)
- Non-award Sector visa (subclass 575)Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector visa (subclass 576).
Student visa check list
- Acceptance to study full time in a registered course
- Financial capacity to cover living costs in Australia:
- Tuition fees
- Travel costs
- Living costs
- Financial capacity to be able to support any visiting / accompanying family members
- Proficiency in English
- Level of education
- Understanding of visa conditions and potential breaches
Student visa conditions
There are rules and regulations associated with each student visa type:
- Student visa holders must not undertake work until the main student visa holder has started their course in Australia.
- Student visa holders are limited to 40 hours work per fortnight while their course is in session, but might work unlimited hours during formal holiday periods.
- Holders of a Postgraduate Research (subclass 574) visa who have started their course have unrestricted permission to work.
- Student visa holders who breach these conditions might be subject to visa cancellation.
Family members' visa conditions
Family members of student visa holders must meet certain conditions:
- Family members have permission to work up to 40 hours per fortnight once the main student visa holder has started the course of study.
- Family members of student visa holders can work unlimited hours if a student visa holder is on a Higher Education Sector (subclass 573) visa, Postgraduate Research Sector (subclass 574) visa or a Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector (subclass 576) visa and have started a masters or doctorate course.
- Family members aged 18 years or over might only study for up to three months. If they want to undertake a course of study that exceeds three months, they must apply for a student visa in their own right.
- School-age family members, children aged 5–18 years, who join the student in Australia for more than three months must attend school. The student must meet any associated education or tuition costs for that child.
- A student's child aged 18 years or over cannot apply for a student visa as a family member. If they want to study in Australia, they must apply for a student visa in their own right.
Can I apply for the student visa before I have been accepted into an Australian university?
You have to have been accepted by an Australian university to study full time before you apply for the student visa. Find out more
Key people for Student Visas
Senior Migration Agent
Registered Migration Agent Number: 0961986
Peng is a migration agent at Migration Solutions specialising in general skilled, employer sponsored and student
Practice Manager / Executive Migration Agent
Registered Migration Agent Number: 0641294
Nam is the business operations manager and a senior migration consultant at Migration Solutions, responsible for the day-to-day business operations of work undertaken.
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