Overview

If you are looking to stay in Australia for an extended period of time to experience the Aussie lifestyle and learn new skills, but are not sure whether you want to migrate, then an Australian Student visa may be the best starting point for you.

A Student visa allows you to work 20 hours a week in Australia during semester and full-time during vacations. It is possible to support yourself through your work while studying. If you have a partner and he or she enrols in a Masters level course, you will be able to work full time.

On completing your Australian studies, you may be able to apply for a Graduate visa that will allow you and your partner to work full time for up to four years. You may also be able to apply for a Skilled visa that will allow you to live in Australia permanently.

The type of course and its length will determine the length of your stay and whether you can apply for a Graduate or Skilled visa.

You can include your partner and dependent children under 18 years of age in your Student visa. You need to pay the school fees for any dependent school aged children. Family members can also be included in your visa as a subsequent entrant (at a later time, separate from your application). Children over 18 or who turn 18 must apply for their own visa.

You can apply for a second and a third Student visa from within Australia if you want to continue studying.

More information about the Student visa is set out below.

Student
Visa (Subclass 500)

The purpose of the Student visa is to allow international students to undertake full-time education and training in Australia. This visa enables a student to stay in Australia for the duration of the relevant course.

With this visa you can

  • study full time in an eligible course of study in Australia;
  • travel in and out of Australia;
  • include family members;
  • apply for a second or third Student visa from Australia if you want to keep studying;
  • work up to 20 hours a week once your course starts. If you have a partner and study a masters level course, your partner can work full time.

How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa to study up to 5 years. The type of course and its length will determine the length of stay.

Travel

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.

As the visa applicant, you must:

  • Enrol with an Australian education provider as a full-time student, and obtain written confirmation of this enrolment (predominantly on-line courses are not eligible);
  • Meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement (GTE);
  • Have the required level of English language proficiency unless exempt;
  • Have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the period of your intended stay in Australia;
  • Have access to sufficient funds to cover your return airfares, tuition fees and the cost of living in Australia, as well as costs required for any dependents included in your application.
  • The exact amount of funds required by a student is set by Department of Home Affairs, and is impacted by your chosen education provider, your course of study and other personal circumstances. Please contact us for further details.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy.

Independent ELICOS Sector

  • 75% of applications in 90 days;
  • 90% of applications in 5 months.
  • Vocational Education and Training Sector

    • 75% of applications in 3 months;
    • 90% of applications in 5 months.
    • Higher Education Sector

      • 75% of applications in 90 days;
      • 90% of applications in 4 months.

You must have enough money to pay for travel, tuition and living expenses for yourself, your partner and your dependent children for the duration of your stay in Australia. Depending on your country of passport, you must either declare you have the money or show proof that you can meet the financial requirements while you are in Australia.

The visa fee paid to the Australian Government is AUD$620 for the main applicant. There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa:

  • Partner and children over 18: AUD$460;
  • Children under 18: AUD$150.

how to apply for a Student Visa

At VisAustralia we take the time to understand your circumstances and provide you with advice about your education and migration options. Our skilled education consultants have provided assistance and advice for countless students.

Step 1

Contact us. You can call, email or send us an enquiry online.

Step 3

One of our consultants will talk you through a range of study options that best suit your needs and assist you develop a study path.

Step 5

When you have a confirmation of enrolment (COE) in place, our qualified migration agents will then assist apply for a Student visa.

Step 2

We will answer your questions and assist you book an appointment to determine your overall migration and study goals.

Step 4

With a specific education provider and course chosen, we will then assist you through the enrolment process or refer you to a partner organisation.

Explore Study Options

Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,100 institutions and over 22,000 courses tailored for you.

Student Dependent Visa

If you are coming to Australia to study, you may bring your dependent family members with you. Dependent family members can be included in your first Student visa application or they can apply later after you have started your course in Australia. You must declare your family members in your first Student visa application for them to be able to later apply as a subsequent entrant.

Children over 18 or who turn 18 must apply for their own visa.

Member of the family unit (MoFU)

A member of the family unit eligible for a dependent Student visa is:

  • a spouse or de facto partner of the applicant; or
  • unmarried dependent children under 18 years old.

If you are including your dependent family members in your original student visa application, then you must include all members of your family in your original application.

If you are applying for family members to join you after you have started your course, then you must submit the following documents:

  • Form 919, Nomination of student dependants;
  • Form 157A, Application for a student visa<;/li>
  • A letter from one your teachers stating:
    – The course you are studying;
    – The length of the course and your expected completion date; and
    – If you are satisfying all the course requirements;
  • Evidence that you can financially support your dependent family members;
  • Evidence of family ties such as marriage certificate or birth certificate;
  • Evidence of school enrolment for school-aged children; and
  • Evidence of health insurance for dependants.
  • Education of school age dependents

    Should the main applicant intend to study for more than 3 months in Australia and have school-age dependents, you must provide evidence their enrolment at an Australian school. School-age dependents are defined as children who have turned 5 years of age but not turned 18.

    If the child is under 5 years of age you do not need to enrol them, but visa conditions 8517 and 8518 “Maintain education of school age dependents” will require you to enrol them once they turn 5 years old.

    Should the child be 17, they still fall under the definition of a school age dependent. If, however, it is not compulsory in them in the State or Territory you are living, evidence of enrolment is not required.

Subclass 500 subsequent entrant (student dependent visa) processing times are currently about 2 to 8 months for many people. Note that processing times can vary according to individual circumstances or visa processing policy.

You must have enough money to pay for travel, tuition and living expenses for your partner and dependent children for the duration of your stay in Australia. Depending on your country of passport, you must either declare you have the money or show proof that you can meet the financial requirements while you are in Australia.

Government charges for family members who apply for a student dependent visa are as follows:

  • Partner and children over 18: AUD$460;
  • Children under 18: AUD$150

OTHER Visa Options

There are other options for those who want to visit Australia for a holiday, to do short courses or to stay longer after finishing the studies

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