A student visa enables overseas students to come to Australia to undertake full-time study in registered courses.

At Migration Solutions, you’ll find a Migration Agent experienced in supporting students to gain a visa to study in Australia. If you have family members who would like to join you, then we will help them too. Gaining the right advice on the appropriate visa for your family member is important, as visas come with restrictions that may impact the lifestyle you are aiming for in Australia.

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.

The types of student visas have been simplified by the department to just one; subclass 500.

  • Acceptance to study full time in a registered course
  • Genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily
  • 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
  • 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 may work unlimited hours during formal holiday periods.
  • Student visa holders who have commenced their study, towards a Master’s degree by research or Doctoral degree, have unrestricted permission to work. 
  • Student visa holders who breach these conditions might be subject to visa cancellation.

Family members of student visa holders must also meet certain conditions:

  • Family members of student visa holders:
    • Have permission to work up to 40 hours per fortnight once the main student visa holder has started the course of study.
    • Can work unlimited hours if the main student visa holder has started a masters or doctoral course. 
    • If 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.

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Shashe Selladurai

Migration Agent

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Nam Hoang

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