Australian Student Visa

Australian Student Visa Subclasses

The Australian student visas system currently has 8 subclasses:

  1. Independent ELICOS Visa (Subclass 570): 

    For international students travelling to Australasia to study on an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS). 

The Independent ELICOS (Subclass 570) student visa allows international students to enter Australia in order to study on an ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students) course.

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance onto an ELICOS course at an Australian organization, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the organization they will be studying with. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

Length of Stay

The Independent ELICOS (Subclass 570) student visa allows students to stay in Australia for the duration of their studies, plus a set period determined by the length of the student’s course, and what time of the year that it finishes:

  • Course length of less than 10 months: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus one month. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing between January and October: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus 2 months. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing in November or December: The visa will last until March 15thof the next year.

 

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

 

  1. Schools Sector Visa (Subclass 571): 

    For children travelling to Australia to study at a primary or secondary school. 

The Australian Schools Sector (Subclass 571) student visa allows international students to enter Australia to study at a primary or secondary school, including as part of a secondary school exchange program.

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance to study at an Australian primary or secondary school, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the school. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

Length of Stay

The Schools Sector (Subclass 571) student visa allows students to stay in Australia for the duration of their studies, plus a set period determined by the length of the student’s course, and what time of the year that it finishes:

  • Course length of less than 10 months: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus one month. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing between January and October: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus 2 months. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing in November or December: The visa will last until March 15thof the next year.

 

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

 

  1. Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa (subclass 572):

    For international students travelling to Australia to study towards a vocational or training qualification, such as a:
    • Certificate I, II, III, or IV 
    • VET Diploma 
    • Advanced VET Diploma 
    • Vocational Graduate Certificate 
    • Vocational Graduate Diploma

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance onto a vocational or training course at an Australian educational institution, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the organization they will be studying with. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

Length of Stay

The Vocational Education and Training Sector (subclass 572) student visa allows students to stay in Australia for the duration of their studies, plus a set period determined by the length of the student’s course, and what time of the year that it finishes:

  • Course length of less than 10 months: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus one month. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing between January and October: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus 2 months. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing in November or December: The visa will last until March 15thof the next year.

 

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

 

  1. Higher Education Sector Visa (Subclass 573): 

    For international students travelling to Australia to study towards a higher education qualification, such as a:
    • Associate’s degree 
    • Bachelor’s degree 
    • Graduate certificate 
    • Graduate diploma 
    • Master’s degree (taught/coursework based only) 
    • Higher Education diploma/advanced diploma

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance onto a Higher Education course at an Australian university or other educational institution, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the organisation they will be studying with. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

 

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

 

  1. Postgraduate Research Sector Visa (Subclass 574): 

    For international students travelling to Australia to to study towards a research based Master’s or Doctoral degree. 

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance onto a Master’s or Doctoral degree research program at an Australian university or other research centre, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the organisation they will be studying with. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

 

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

 

  1. Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector Visa (Subclass 576): 

    For international students who are sponsored by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or Australia’s Department of Defence, to study towards any type of course in Australia. 

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance onto a full time course at an Australian educational institution or training centre, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the organization they will be studying with. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

 

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

 

  1. Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 580): 

    For parents and guardians of international students under the age of 18 who are studying in Australia. In some circumstances guardians of students over the age of 18 may also be granted this visa.

Eligibility

  • Be a parent or legal guardian of an Australian student visa holder, OR; 
  • Be another relative of an Australian student visa holder, and be nominated as a custodian by the student’s parent or legal guardian 
  • Be at least 21 years old 
  • Have the means to provide accommodation, welfare, and financial support to the student while they study in Australia 
  • Plan to live at the same address as the student visa holder in Australia 
  • Have enough funds to pay for travel and maintenance costs for themselves and the student visa holder 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

Length of Stay

Student Guardian (Subclass 580) visa holders can stay in Australia for the full length of the student visa holder’s stay which they accompany, or until the student reaches 18 years of age (whichever comes sooner).

Entitlements/Work

Student Guardian (Subclass 580) visa holders cannot work in Australia without a separate work permit, but may study on the following courses:

  • An English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) for up to 20 hours per week, OR; 
  • A non-ELICOS course for 3 months or less

Students less than 18 years old

Students under the age of 18 must meet specific eligibility requirements to be granted a visa. These students must:

  • Have a parent or guardian sign their visa application. If the parent or guardian is unable to do this they can instead provide:
    • A statutory declaration letter, giving their permission for the student to travel to Australia, OR; 
    • A copy of Australian form 1229
  • Stay with a parent/guardian, or another relative over the age of 21 (who must be nominated by a parent/guardian) while in Australia. If this is not possible other arrangements can be made, but these must be agreed with the student’s education provider in Australia.

Family  members

Students can include the following family members on their visa application

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

Part-time work  for students

Student visa automatically allows students to work for up to 20 hours per week during study/term time, and full time during holidays. No separate work authorization is required.

Students under the school leaving age for the state they are studying in cannot work during study/term time. For most Australia states the school leaving age is 15.

Family members included on the student’s visa may also work for up to 20 hours per week year round.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.