Understanding the Student Visa (Subclass 500)

The Student visa (subclass 500) visa allows you to live, work and study in Australia for a maximum of five years, in line with your course.

On this visa, you are normally allowed to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during term time and unlimited hours during study breaks. However, the Australian Government is temporarily allowing students to work over their normal limit of 40 hours per fortnight during term time across all sectors. Currently, students may also start working on arrival in Australia, and do not need to wait until their course commences.

Further information is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

As registered migration agents, we can assist you with the student visa application process for studying in Australia. The student visa process involves several important steps:

  • Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE): Once you have accepted an offer of admission from an Australian institution, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) document. This document is required for your student visa application.
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement: As part of the student visa application, you will need to demonstrate that you genuinely intend to study in Australia temporarily. This involves providing a statement outlining your reasons for studying in Australia and your future plans upon completion of your studies.
  • Financial Capacity: You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees, living expenses, and any accompanying family members (if applicable). This usually involves providing bank statements or financial documents to show you can support yourself during your studies.
  • Health and Character Requirements: You will need to undergo a health examination by a designated panel physician to ensure you meet the health requirements set by the Australian government. Additionally, you must provide police clearance certificates to demonstrate good character.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC): It is a requirement for all international students to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their stay in Australia. This health insurance covers medical expenses and hospital care.
  • Visa Application Lodgment: With the necessary documents in hand, you can lodge your student visa application online through the Department of Home Affairs website. The application requires you to complete the appropriate forms, pay the visa application fee, and upload all supporting documents.
  • Visa Decision: After submitting your application, the Department of Home Affairs will assess your eligibility for a student visa. This process may include additional checks and verification of the information provided. If your application is approved, you will receive a Notification of Grant letter with your student visa details.
  • Visa Conditions: Once granted the student visa, it is important to understand and comply with the conditions attached to your visa. These conditions may include maintaining full-time enrollment, informing the institution of any changes to your contact details or study plans, and adhering to work limitations.

As registered migration agents, we have the expertise and knowledge to guide you through each step of the student visa application process. We can ensure that your application is properly prepared, all necessary documents are included, and any specific requirements are met, increasing your chances of a successful outcome.

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