Student Visa

Student Visa

The Subclass 500 - Student Visa allows international students to study and live for up to five years in Australia, in line with their enrolment. The Department processes student visas for the below sectors:

  • Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector
  • Postgraduate Research Sector
  • Non-Award Sector
  • Schools Sector
  • Independent ELICOS Sector
  • Vocational Education and Training Sector
  • Higher Education Sector

Benefits of Student Visa

Full Working Rights

Allows for travel in and out of Australia

No Age Limitation

Can apply for Scholarship for Fee Reduction

Pathway to Graduate Visa

Include Family in your Application

Student Visa Eligibility

To be eligible for a Subclass 500 application, you must:

    • Be enrolled in the course of study;
    • Meet the English Language Requirement unless you meet one of the exemption criteria;
    • Must be covered by Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) from an approved Australian health insurance provider for the length of your stay in Australia;
    • Have adequate financials to support your stay in Australia;
    • Be a genuine temporary entrant; and
    • Meet health and character requirements

Intakes for Student Visa

Australian universities have three general intake timelines:

Semester 1

This intake begins in February/March and is the major intake for students.

Semester 2

This intake begins in July/August and is the second major intake for students.

Summer Semester

This intake begins in October and is smaller than the rest.

Post Student Visa Work Opportunities

The Subclass 485 visa enables overseas student graduates to stay back in Australia with unlimited working rights to contribute to the Australian economy. The Subclass 485 stream includes:

Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa – Post Study Work Stream

This stream allows International students who have completed a Bachelor’s, Masters, or Doctoral degree in Australia on a student visa to work in the country to gain international work experience. The length of your Subclass 485 – Post Study Visa will depend on the level of your Australian qualification.

  • Bachelor’s degree (including honours): 2 years
  • Masters by research and masters by coursework: 3 years
  • Doctoral degree: 4 years
  • Hong Kong and BNO passport holders with a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree: 5 years


Subclass 485 – Graduate Work Stream

Students may be eligible for this stream if they have graduated with the skills related to an occupation in the Skills Occupation List. 

Graduates can usually stay on this visa for 18 months. However, the stay period has been temporarily increased from 18 to 24 months for visas granted from 1 December 2021.

In addition to this, Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders may stay up to 5 years.

Matters to outline in
your GTE Statement

To be granted a Subclass 500 visa, you must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement. The GTE assessment is an integrity assessment to ensure that the applicant’s presence in Australia is genuine (i.e. to study) and temporary (i.e., the student will return to their home country once the study is complete).

Your Family and Personal Circumstances

This may include details about:

  • Your hometown
  • Parents
  • Partner
  • Children; and
  • Siblings

Your Education and Work Experience

You need to mention your education and work experience, namely the courses you have enrolled, the duration of your studies and certifications you hold. You must also outline employment that you have undertaken, and how it has supported your career development.

Reasons why you choose to study in Australia

Always make sure you outline your research to potential courses that you had looked into and provide specific details on how the course you have chosen will benefit your career. Additionally, you would also need to justify why you chose Australia over other countries.

Your Immigration History

Your Immigration History must include a list of visas you have obtained to any country, including any incidents of refusals/cancellations/overstaying your visa in any country.

Intention to return home after study

This can include strong ties to family members, friends, employment opportunities or financial ties that require your return to your home country, once your course is complete.

Your future circumstances in Australia

You must provide adequate details on exactly how your Australian courses will improve your future career including your potential new career opportunities, and higher positions within companies in your home country.

Values of your intended course to your future

You must outline how your long-term objectives and how these studies will help you achieve them

Financial Capacity

You need to outline how you will be financially supported in Australia including living, tuition fees and travel expenses. 

Steps to apply for a Student Visa

Apply for Enrolment 

To begin your student visa journey, you start by researching suitable courses based on your resume and securing an enrolment with an eligible institution.

Apply for Visa

Once you have secured an enrolment, our Agent will begin processing your visa application and essential documents such as your GTE, financial records, and health insurance. 

Undertake your Health and Police Checks

Once your visa application is submitted, our Agents will assist you in completing your health and police checks. 


Something else ?


    We are happy to answer
    any queries you may have

    Do I need a travel ban exemption if I have been granted a student visa?

    You do not require a travel ban exemption if you have an approved student visa to travel to Australia.

    Can I work full time?

    Yes! ​​​​​​To​ assist with Australia’s COVID-19 recovery, the Australian Government has allowed student visa holders to work full time. However, the change is temporary and is likely to change in the coming months.

    Can I study at any course I wish?

    You must be enrolled in a full time course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

    Can I be exempt from English Language Requirement?

    You do not need to provide evidence of an English test score with your visa application if one of the following applies:

    • you are a citizen and hold a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland 
    • you are an applicant who is a Foreign Affairs or, Defence sponsored student or a Secondary Exchange student 
    • you are enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), a course registered to be delivered in a language other than English, or a registered post-graduate research course
    • you have completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
    • in the 2 years before applying for the student visa, you completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while you held a student visa.
    Where should I obtain my health insurance from?

    You must be covered by Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) from an approved Australian health insurance provider

    What evidence should I show to prove that I have adequate financials?

    You must provide either:

    • sufficient funds to cover your travel costs and 12 months of living and tuition fees for you and your accompanying family members and school costs for any school aged dependants, or
    • evidence that your spouse or parents are willing to support you
    • an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students form for secondary exchange students only
    • a letter of support from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Department of Defence.

    Summary of cost estimates
    for your application

    We have summarised a cost estimate for a Student Visa application as below.



    Varies based on institutions.


    AUD 630

    Health & Police


    Paid directly to the agency that conducts your health and character checks

    Processing Times Postgraduate Research Sector

    75% of applications are processed in: 85 days
    90% of applications are processed in:8 months

    85 Days
    8 Months

    Student Visa and COVID-19 Concessions


    Due to current workforce shortages, the Government is temporarily removing the limit on working hours for Student visa holders across all sectors. The changes will be reviewed in April 2022.


    From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated international students can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

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