Are you interested to study in Australia? Overseas international students planning to pursue a course in Australia (more than 3 months) must get an Australian student visa. There are a number of visa subclasses to choose depending on age, occupation, duration of stay and purpose. But, in most of the cases, international students who are planning to study in Australia should go for Australian Student Visa, Subclass 500.

With this visa you can

  • participate in an eligible course of study in Australia;
  • travel in and out of Australia; and
  • work up to 40 hours every 2-week period once your course starts

This visa is only for students who wish to study in Australia.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

To apply for the Australian student visa, subclass 500, the student must meet the following criteria:

Genuine Temporary Entrant Criteria

The new easy student visa outline vigorously focuses on the genuineness of the student to make sure whether the purpose of stay in Australia is for study purpose or to stay temporarily. The requirement demands student immigration history and circumstances in home country.

Financial Status
Financial solvency is very important for student visa. The student must show the financial ability to cover the tuition fees and living costs. The Department of Home Affairs have the thorough rights to ask for strong evidence that demonstrates your financial capacity.

Certificate of Enrolment in a registered course of study

At the time of application submission, you will be required to submit a Certificate of Enrolment provided from a registered academic institute in Australia. Students who are sponsored from foreign affairs or defense exception are considered approved for this obligation.

English Language necessity
Some students do not need to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for example: IELTS, TOEFL, etc. If the academic institute relaxes this requirement for the student, then there is no need to submit any English test score. However, the ones with higher immigration risks must provide evidence of their English language ability with a satisfactory test with their visa application.

Welfare arrangements for the students younger than 18 years of age

If you are under 18 years of age, you need to attach all the evidences of your welfare arrangements in Australia.

Health and Character Requirement

Students submitting for this visa must be of good character and go through some important medical tests to fulfil some requirements of the application. The students must also obtain Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) to get the visa granted.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Australian student visa (subclass 500) process

  • You must be accepted for a full-time course: you must contact with an Australian academic institute which is well recognized and listed in CRICOS. The institute will provide you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) once you have been accepted. You must also clear essential fees.
  • Prepare your online application: When you have your documents such as your CoE, IELTS, financial documents, Passport and other required documents, you can now proceed with the online application through the
  • Pay the fee: when you pay the fee for your application you’ll receive a transaction reference number (TRN).
  • Attend a visa interview: You might be requested to attend a visa interview at the Australian embassy. This could be done by the university at an early stage or the embassy.
  • Decision: the DHA will provide you the outcome of your application in writing along with any reasons for refusal.
Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia
  • Identity documents – Your passport, Birth certificate, National ID, Photograph and other
  • Confirmation of enrolment, letters of support and acceptance forms
  • Documentary Evidence that you have enough money for your stay
  • Documentary Evidence of your sponsor if someone is providing you all financial matters.
  • Evidence you are exempt from paying a visa application charge (VAC):
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • Genuine temporary entrant documents
  • Student visa English language requirements
  • Partner documents, if your partner is accompanying with you
  • Documents of dependents under 18
Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The visa costs from AUD 620 for the main applicant, unless they are exempt. You must also consider medical costs and other costs might include biometric, notarization and police clearance.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Working with a subclass 500 student visa –

If you are holding Australian student visa, you can work in Australia once the course has taken place. You can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight, and unrestricted hours during university breaks.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia