The Australian Student Visa (Subclass 500) is the pathway for international students aspiring to study in Australia, allowing them to stay, work, and study within the validity period of Student visa.
Student Visa Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for an Australian Student Visa (Subclass 500), applicants must meet the following requirements:
Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE)
Applicants must have received an offer of enrollment or Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) from an Australian educational institution registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
Financial Capacity for Student Visa
Applicants must demonstrate sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, living expenses, and any dependents accompanying them during their stay in Australia. The Australian Department of Home Affairs provides specific financial requirements that must be met.
Health and Character Requirements
Applicants must undergo a medical examination to meet the health requirements set by the Department of Home Affairs.
Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) as a Student
Applicants must demonstrate that your intention to study in Australia is genuine and that you intend to return to your home country upon completion of your studies.
English Language Proficiency
Depending on your country of origin and educational qualifications, you may need to prove your English language proficiency by taking an approved English language test, such as IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE.
Student Visa Application Process
The application process for an Australian Student Visa (Subclass 500) involves the following steps:
Course and Institution Selection
Choose a registered course and educational institution that align with your academic goals and interests.
Gather Required Documents
Collect all the required documents, including a valid passport, CoE, evidence of English language proficiency, proof of financial capacity, health insurance, and other relevant documents.
Create an account on the Department of Home Affairs’ ImmiAccount portal and complete the online visa application form. Attach the supporting documents and pay the visa application fee.
Applicants may be required to provide your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) at a designated collection center. Additionally, undergo a medical examination from an approved panel physician to meet the health requirements.
Wait for a Student Visa Decision
The Department of Home Affairs will assess the application and notify the applicant of the visa decision. The processing time varies and can take several weeks to months. You can track the progress of your application through your ImmiAccount.
Granting of the Student Visa
Upon successful assessment of the visa application, the Department of Home Affairs will notify the applicant of the Student visa grant. The following aspects come into effect:
Student Visa Grant Notification
The applicant will receive a Student Visa Grant Notice specifying the visa conditions, the period of stay allowed in Australia, and any additional requirements.
Student Visa Conditions
The Subclass 500 visa carries specific conditions, including the requirement to maintain enrollment in a registered course, obey Australian laws, and maintain adequate health insurance coverage.
Travel to Australia on Student visa
Once the visa is granted, the student can travel to Australia within the specified visa validity period. The visa allows multiple entries, enabling students to leave and re-enter the country during their study period.
Maintaining Student Visa Compliance
Students must comply with all visa conditions, maintain valid health insurance, attend classes regularly, and make satisfactory academic progress.