Student visa (subclass 500)

Coming into effect since July 1, 2016, a student subclass 500 visa lets you stay in Australia for the duration of your study program, which is mostly up to five years. It is important for you to ensure that your visa remains valid and you abide by the conditions as mentioned on your student visa. The visa guidelines for Australian Student visa have changed and a Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) has been initiated from July 1, 2016, onwards. As per the new visa guidelines implemented by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian Government, all students planning to study in Australia need to apply for Visa under Subclass 500 with effect from July 1, 2016.

Documents required for an Australian student visa

When applying for your student visa for Australia, you will generally need:

  • Proof of enrolment (your electronic confirmation of enrolment)
  • A valid passport
  • Your visa application fee
  • Your Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement
  • Academic and work experience documents
  • Evidence of your English proficiency skills (book your place in theĀ IELTS test)
  • Evidence of financial ability (tuition fees, living expenses, expenses for dependents, return airfare)
  • Details of your health insurance policy (Overseas Student Health Cover)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Passport sized photographs

 

If you are under 18 years of age, you will also need to provide additional documents such as parental consent.

Visa fee

As an applicant from outside Australia, you will have to pay AUD575 as your visa fee.