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Australia Student Visas

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Students from other countries have a range of options to study in Australia and thousands of students visit Australia each year to enjoy the top quality education that is offered. From the first grade through postgraduate studies Our team is able to assist you in getting the most value from your time in Australia.

Australian Student Visa Subclasses

The Australian student visa system currently has eight subclasses:

  • Individual ELICOS Visa (Subclass 570):For international students who are traveling to Australasia to pursue one of the English Language Intensive Course for Students from overseas Students (ELICOS).
  • Students Sector Visa (Subclass 571):For children who are traveling to Australia to attend the primary or secondary level.
  • Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa (subclass 572): For students from other countries who travel to Australia to pursue the completion of a training or vocational degree For example, a:
    • Certificate I, II, III, or IV
    • VET Diploma
    • Advanced VET Diploma
    • Vocational Graduate Certificate
    • Vocational Graduate Diploma
  • Higher Education Sector Visa (Subclass 573): Students from other countries who want to go to Australia to pursue an advanced degree For example, a:
    • Associate’s degree
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Graduate certificate
    • Graduate diploma
    • Master’s degree (taught/coursework solely based on)
    • Higher Education diploma/advanced diploma
  • Postgraduate Research Sector Visa (Subclass 574):For international students who are traveling to Australia to pursue the research-based Master’s or Doctoral.
  • non award sector visa (Subclass 575):For international students traveling to Australia to complete an unaward-based foundation course or another full-time courses that do not give them any Australian award.
  • Foreign Affairs and Defence Sector Visa (Subclass 576):For international students supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Australia’s Department of Defence, to take any study in Australia.
  • student Guardian Visa (Subclass 580):For parents and guardians of international students who are under 18 years old that are in Australia. In certain circumstances, guardians of students who are over 18 are also eligible for this visa.

Independent ELICOS Visa (Subclass 570)

A self-contained ELICOS (Subclass 557) student visa permits students from abroad to go to Australia in order to take classes in one of the ELICOS (English Language intensive course for overseas Students) program.

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Eligibility

To get this visa, students must:

  • Offer proof of acceptance into an ELICOS course offered by an Australian organization, for example an electronic confirmation of Enrolment code or confirmation of Enrolment letter or Letter of Offer.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover the tuition, travel and other expenses for themselves and any family members in their application.
  • Attain the standard in English Language proficiency set by the organization they are studying with.
  • Be in compliance with various health requirements such as having health insurance.
  • Meet the requirements for character This usually is a criminal record check
  • It is important to assure Australian officials with assurances that they will not be able to overstay their visas. This is called the Genuine Temporary entry condition.

Students younger then 18

Students who are younger than 18 must meet certain qualifications to obtain an entry visa. They must:

  • A parent or guardian to sign the visa application. Should the person who is the parent isn’t able to do this , they can alternatively provide:
    • A formal declaration letter giving the permission for their student to visit Australia, OR;
    • A version of Australian Form 1229
  • You must stay with a parent/guardian or any other relative who is who is over 21, (who has to be identified by the parent/guardian) during their stay staying in Australia. If this isn’t possible, other arrangements are possible but they have to be negotiated with the institution that the student is studying with in Australia.

Length of Stay

The independent ELICOS (Subclass of 570) student visa permits students to reside within Australia during the course of study, with a period of time dependent on the length of the course and the time of the year it ends.

  • Course duration of under 10 monthsThe permit will run for for the entire duration of the course and one additional month.
  • Course duration that is 10 or longer beginning between January through OctoberThe visa is valid for all the time of the course plus two months.
  • Course duration of 10 or more months, and ending in December or NovemberThe visa is valid until the 15th of March 15 of the year following.

Family

Students may include the relatives listed below on the visa application

  • Partners
  • Dependent children (including partners’ dependent children)
  • Dependent relatives (including partners’ dependent relatives)

Work

This student visa automatically permits students to work 20 hours or more each week during term time or study and at full-time during the holidays. A separate work authorization is not required.

Students who are not yet at the age of leaving school in the state they are studying in can’t take part in study/term time. In most Australia states, the school leaving age is 15 years old.

Family members on the student’s visa can be employed for as long as 20 hours per week , all year all year.

Schools Sector Visa (Subclass 571)

Australian Schools Sector (Subclass 571) student visa Australian Schools Sector (Subclass 571) student visa permits students from abroad to go to Australia to attend an elementary or secondary school and as part of the secondary school exchange program.

Eligibility

To get this visa, applicants must

  • Offer proof of acceptance to attend one of the Australian Secondary or primary school for example Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment number Confirmation of Enrolment Letter or Letter of Acceptance.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover the tuition, travel and other expenses for themselves as well as any family members listed in their application.
  • Reach the required level that is required for English Language proficiency set by the school.
  • Have all the health requirements met such as having health insurance.
  • Meet the requirements for character This usually is a criminal record check
  • Make sure to satisfy Australian officials with assurances that they will not exceed their visa. This is called the Genuine Temporary Entry condition.

Students younger that 18

Students who are under 18 must meet certain qualifications to obtain an entry visa. Students must meet the following requirements:

  • If you are a parent or guardian, they must verify the visa application. Should the person who is the parent isn’t able to sign the visa, they may alternatively provide:
    • A legal declaration letter giving permission to students to go to Australia, OR;
    • A version of Australian Form 1229
  • You must stay with a parent/guardian or another family member over 21, (who must be approved by a parent or guardian) during their stay living in Australia. If this isn’t possible, alternative arrangements are possible however these need to be approved by the school that is providing education to the student in Australia.

Length of Stay

The Sector for Schools (Subclass 571) student visa permits students to reside on the mainland of Australia during the course of their studies with a time frame that is determined by the length of the course, and at what is the time of year the course ends:

  • Course duration of under 10 monthsThe Visa will be valid for for the entire duration of the course and one additional month.
  • Course duration at least 10 months beginning between January to October:The visa is valid for all the time of the course plus two months.
  • Course duration of 10 months or more and ending in December or NovemberThe visa is valid until the 15th of March 15 of the year following.

Family

Students may include the below family members on the visa application

  • Partners
  • Dependent children (including partners’ dependent children)
  • Dependent relatives (including partners’ dependent relatives)

Work

The visa allows students to work 20 hours or more each week during term time or study as well as full-time on holidays. There is no separate work authorization required.

Students who are not yet at the age of leaving school for the state in which they are studying in can’t be employed during term time or study. In most Australia states, the school leaving age is 15 years old.
Family members in the student’s visa could be employed for as long as 20 hours a week all year all the time.

Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa (subclass 572)

A Vocational Education and Training Sector (subclass 572) student visa permits students from abroad to come to Australia to pursue the vocation or in a training course that can lead to the following distinctions:

  • Certificate I II, III and IV (Not including ELICOS We invite you to visit the Independent ELICOS Visa page for information for more informationon the courses)
  • VET Diploma
  • Advanced VET Diploma
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate
  • Vocational Graduate Diploma

Eligibility

To qualify for this visa for students, applicants must

  • Acceptance proof must be provided for the vocational or training program within the Australian school, for example an online Confirmation of Enrolment number or Confirmation of Enrolment letter or Letter of Offer.
  • Are able to afford the tuition, travel and other expenses for themselves as well as any family members listed in their application.
  • Reach the required level that is required of English Language proficiency set by the institution they’ll be studying with.
  • Be in compliance with various health requirements such as having health insurance.
  • Meet the requirements for character This typically is a criminal record check
  • It is important to assure Australian officials to ensure that they do not be able to overstay their visas. This is called the Genuine Temporary Entry condition.

Students younger that 18

Students who are under 18 must satisfy specific conditions to qualify for an entry visa. Students must meet the following requirements:

  • If you are a parent or guardian, they must to sign the visa application. Should the person who is the parent is not able to sign the visa, they may substitute:
    • A formal declaration letter giving permission to students to go to Australia, OR;
    • A duplicate of Australian Form 1229
  • You must stay with a parent/guardian or another family member over 21, (who must be approved by an adult or parent) during their stay living in Australia. If this is not feasible, alternative arrangements are possible however these need to be approved by the school that is providing education to the student in Australia.

Length of Stay

It is the Vocational Education and Training Sector (subclass 572) student visa permits students to remain for a period of time in Australia throughout the length of their education, with a time frame that is determined by the length of the course, and at what dates the course ends:

  • Course duration under 10 monthsThe permit will run for all the time of the course and one additional month.
  • Course duration at least 10 months and completing between January to October:The visa is valid for all the time of the course plus two months.
  • Duration of the course of 10 months or more and ending in December or NovemberThe visa is valid until the 15th March 15 of the following year.

Family

Students may include the below family members on the visa application

  • Partners
  • Dependent children (including partners’ dependent children)
  • Dependent relatives (including partners’ dependent relatives)

Work

The visa permits students to work 20 hours or more per week during term or study time and at full-time on holidays. There is no separate work authorisation required.

Students who are not yet at the age of school leavers in the state they’re studying in are not allowed to take part in study or term time. For the majority of Australia states, the school leaving age is 15 years old.

Family members on the student’s visa can also work up to 20 hours a week all year all the time.

Higher Education Sector Visa (Subclass 573)

Students who are in the higher Education Sector (Subclass 573) student visa is the most popular option to get into Australia for students from abroad who wish to pursue a degree at one of the Australian university. To be eligible for this visa, applicants need to be accepted on a course offered by an Australian university, which can lead to the following award:

  • Associate’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Graduate certificate
  • Graduate diploma
  • Master’s degree (taught/coursework only on research-based studies, please visit the Postgraduate Research Sector Visa page)
  • Higher Education diploma/advanced diploma

Eligibility

To qualify for this visa, Students must:

  • Offer proof of acceptance into an higher Education program within An Australian university or another educational institution, for example, an electronic confirmation of Enrolment code or confirmation of Enrolment letter or Letter of Offer.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover the tuition, travel and maintenance expenses for themselves and any family members listed in their application.
  • Reach the required level that is required of English Language proficiency set by the organization they are studying with.
  • Have all the health requirements met such as having health insurance.
  • Meet the requirements for character This typically involves a criminal background check
  • It is important to assure Australian officials to ensure that they do not exceed their visa. This is called the Genuine Temporary Entry condition.

Students younger that 18

Students under 18 must satisfy specific qualifications to obtain the visa. They must:

  • A parent or guardian verify the visa application. Should the person who is the parent isn’t able to sign the visa, they may substitute:
    • A formal declaration letter that gives permission to their student to visit Australia, OR;
    • A duplicate of Australian Form 1229
  • Stay with a parent/guardian or any other relative who is older than 21, (who has to be nominated and approved by a parent or guardian) during their stay living in Australia. If this isn’t feasible, alternative arrangements may be made however, they need to be approved by the school that is providing education to the student in Australia.

Length of Stay

It is the Vocational Education and Training Sector (subclass 572) student visa permits students to reside for a period of time in Australia during the course of their studies and for a period that is that is determined by the length of their course and the date it is finished:

  • Course duration not more than 10 month:The Visa will be valid for for the entire duration of the course with the exception of one month.
  • Course duration that is 10 or longer and completing between January to October:The visa is valid for throughout the entire duration of the course plus two months.
  • Course duration of 10 months or more and it will end in December or November:The visa is valid until the 15th of March 15 of the year following.

Family

Students may include the below family members on the visa application

  • Partners
  • Dependent children (including partners’ dependent children)
  • Dependent relatives (including partners’ dependent relatives)

Work

The visa allows students to work at least 20 hours a week term or study time, as well as full-time on holidays. There is no separate work authorization required.

Students who are not yet at the age of leaving school in the state they are studying in cannot be employed during term time or study. For the majority of Australia states, the school leave age is 15 years old.

Family members on the student’s visa can be employed for as long as 20 hours per week , all year all the time.

Postgraduate Research Sector Visa (Subclass 574)

It is the Postgraduate Research Sector (Subclass 574) student visa permits postgraduate students from abroad to come to Australia for the purpose of pursuing an academic Master’s degree or doctoral degree/PhD.

For information about visas for students who are enrolled in a coursework or taught master’s degree, please visit the Higher Education Sector Visa (Subclass 573) page.

Eligibility

To get this visa, applicants must

  • Offer proof of acceptance into the master’s degree or Doctoral degree research program at an Australian university or research institute, like the electronic confirmation of Entry code or Confirmation of enrollment letter or Letter of Offer.
  • Are able to afford the tuition, travel and maintenance expenses for themselves and any family members listed in their application.
  • Attain the standard that is required of English Language proficiency set by the institution they’ll be studying with.
  • Be in compliance with various health requirements In addition, you must have health insurance.
  • Meet the requirements for character This usually involves a criminal background check
  • It is important to assure Australian officials to ensure that they do not exceed their visa. This is called the Genuine Temporary entry condition.

Students younger that 18

Students who are under 18 must satisfy specific conditions to qualify for the visa. They must:

  • If you are a parent or guardian, they must to sign the visa application. In the event that the guardian or parent isn’t able to sign their visa, they could alternatively provide:
    • A formal declaration letter giving the permission for their student to visit Australia, OR;
    • A version of Australian Form 1229
  • Stay with a parent/guardian or any other relative who is older than 21, (who must be designated by a parent/guardian) during their time staying in Australia. If this isn’t feasible, alternative arrangements are possible however these need to be approved by the institution that the student is studying with in Australia.

Length of Stay

This Postgraduate Research Sector (Subclass 574) student visa permits students to remain within Australia during their study and for a time frame dependent on the duration of the course, as well as the date of the year it ends. The additional time granted in this visa is to permit students to finish master’s and Doctoral thesis:

  • Course duration of not more than 10 month:The permit will run for all the time of the course plus seven months.
  • Course duration at least 10 months with a conclusion between January to October:The visa will run all the time of the course plus eight months.
  • Course duration of 10 months or more and ending in December or November:The visa will be valid through September 15 15 of the following year.

Family

Students may include the below family members on the visa application

  • Partners
  • Dependent children (including partners’ dependent children)
  • Dependent relatives (including partners’ dependent relatives)

Work

The visa permits researchers to work an the entire duration of their studies each week, once their work is officially started. There is no separate work authorisation required.

However, students who are under the age of leaving school in the state they are studying in are not allowed to be employed during term time or study. In the majority of Australia states, the school leave age is 15 years old.

Family members on the student’s visa can work up to a maximum of 24 hours per week when the student’s studies have officially started.

Non Award Sector Visa (Subclass 575)

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The non Award Sector (Subclass 575) student visa permits international students to travel to Australia to take a full course – for example, foundation studies that do not award or even individual modules of a course that are not able to earn an award like an academic degree, diploma or certificate.

If students intend to complete an unaward-related course as a mandatory component of a course which does offer the award (such in the case of a base course that is required to start the degree course) they must apply for the visa that is appropriate for the course at a higher level.

Eligibility

To qualify for this visa, students must:

  • Offer proof of acceptance to take a course that is not awarded or the components or modules of a non-award program in any Australian school, for example Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment Code or Confirmation of enrollment letter or Letter of Offer.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover tuition, travel, and other expenses for themselves and any family members in their application.
  • Reach the required level that is required of English Language proficiency set by the organization they are studying with.
  • Be in compliance with various health requirements such as having health insurance.
  • Meet the requirements for character This typically means the need to pass a criminal background check
  • Make sure to satisfy Australian officials to ensure that they do not be able to overstay their visas. This is called the Genuine Temporary Entry condition.

Students younger that 18

Students who are under 18 must satisfy specific conditions to qualify for the visa. Students must meet the following requirements:

  • A parent or guardian to sign the visa application. In the event that the guardian or parent is not able to sign the visa, they may alternatively provide:
    • A legal declaration letter giving the permission to their student to visit Australia, OR;
    • A version of Australian Form 1229
  • You must stay with a parent/guardian or another family member over 21 (who is nominated by a parent or guardian) during the time they are living in Australia. If this isn’t possible, alternative arrangements are possible but they have to be negotiated with the institution that the student is studying with in Australia

Length of Stay

This Student visa for the Non Award Sector (Subclass 575) student visa permits students to remain within Australia during the course of their studies and for a period that is that is determined by the length of the course, and at what point of the year the course is over:

  • Course length not more than 10 month:The Visa will be valid for all the time of the course and one additional month.
  • Course duration that is 10 or longer beginning between January through OctoberThe visa will run all the time of the course plus two months.
  • Course duration of 10 or more months, and ending in December or November:The visa will be valid until the 15th of March 15 of the following year.

Family

Students may include the relatives listed below on the visa application

  • Partners
  • Dependent children (including partners’ dependent children)
  • Dependent relatives (including partners’ dependent relatives)

Work

The visa allows students to work maximum 20 hours per week in their study/term time, as well as full-time on holidays. A separate work authorization is not required.

However, students who are under the age of leaving school for the state in which they are studying in are not able to take part in study or term time. In the majority of Australia states, the school leave age is 15 years old.

Family members in the student’s visa could work up to 20 hours per week , all year all year.

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