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VISA

Student visa (Subclass 500)

All of the following types of study are included on this visa. For more information about student visas, visit Department of Home Affairs:

  • independent ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students)

  • schools (primary and secondary)

  • secondary school exchange program

  • vocational education and training (VET)

  • higher education

  • postgraduate research

  • non-award courses

  • international students sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs or Defence.

Other visa options

For shorter periods of study, you can apply for a Visitor or Working Holiday Visa. There is also a visa option specifically for student guardians.

Visitor Visa (Subclasses 600, 601, 651)

  • Maximum 3 months study.

  • Intention to visit Australia is genuine.

  • Meet health and character requirements.

  • Sufficient money to support yourself during stay in Australia.

Read more about Visitor Visas on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417 and 462)

  • Maximum 4 months study.

  • Aged 18 to 30 years and hold an eligible passport.

  • Principal purpose to holiday in Australia.

  • Enter or remain in Australia as a genuine visitor.

  • Meet health and character requirements.

  • Sufficient funds for airfares and personal support for stay in Australia.

Read more about Working Holiday Visas on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Student Guardian (Subclass 590)

  • Provides for certain persons to reside with a student in Australia, where the student requires a guardian, ie: the student is under 18 years of age.

  • Study up to 3 months or study ELICOS for 20 hours per week for duration of visa.

  • Meet Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

  • Sufficient funds for airfares and living costs.

  • Meet health and character requirements.

  • Acceptable health insurance.

Read more about Student Guardian visas on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485)

  • This visa allows eligible international students who have completed an Australian education to stay in Australia to gain work experience.

  • You can work in Australia for a period of 18 months and up to 4 years, depending on your qualification.

  • This visa does not restrict the type of work you may do or the number of hours you may work.

  • Applications for this visa must be made in Australia and you must hold an eligible student visa in the last 6 months.

  • You must meet Australian study, English proficiency, health insurance, health and character requirements.

  • You must meet the specific requirements of the stream in which you are applying for this visa.

Read more about Temporary Graduate visas on the Department of Home Affairs website.