The student visa allows you to stay in Australia while you are studying. You can stay as long as your educational course lasts and often approximately a month after the last day of your course. You need to be at least 6 years of age when making the application.
You will need a student visa if you wish to do the following:
- Study a language course (for example General English, Preparation for an English Test such as IELTS, etc.)
- Undertake a professional course such as Vocational Education & Training or VET Courses)
- Pursue a degree such as a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s degree or your PhD
For your Student Visa to be approved you will have to undertake a course that is accredited by a registered Australian Education Provider, College or University. You will also need to have a COE, a Conformation of Enrolment from your Education Provider when you apply for the student visa.
Student Visa Requirements
- have a Confirmation of Enrolment certificate
- meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria
- have sufficient funds for your course fees, airfare and living costs in Australia
- meet health and character requirements
- hold an Overseas Student Health Cover
The Visa you will need to apply for is Student Visa Subclass 500 visa. If you are a parent of a student under the age of 18 and wish to provide care for him/her, you can apply for the Student Guardian Visa Subclass 590.
Bring a dependent
Did you know you can bring a family member or partner as a dependent on your student visa? Find out more about it here.