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Student Visa (subclass 500)

Student Visa (subclass 500)

A Student Visa allows the holder to study in Australia for up to five years (depending on the length of their course of study). Upon approval of this visa, the holder can travel in and out of Australia and work up to 40 hours per fortnight.

Conditions for applicants

  • If a school student, you must be of a certain age
    • You must be over 6 years old to apply for this visa
    • If in secondary school, then you must be
      • less than 17 years old when you begin Year 9
      • less than 18 years old when you begin Year 10
      • less than 19 years old when you begin Year 11
      • less than 20 years old when you begin Year 12
  • Be enrolled in a course of study and provide evidence of such
  • Make welfare arrangements if you are under 18 years
  • Meet English language requirements
  • Have adequate health insurance
  • Have not held a certain visa
  • You cannot apply for a Student visa if you hold any of the following:
    • Domestic Worker (Temporary) Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426)
    • Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or consular) stream
    • Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) – primary visa holder only. A family member of a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) can apply for a Student visa in Australia
    • Transit visa (subclass 771)
    • Visitor visa (subclass 600) in the Sponsored Family stream or in the Approved Destination Status stream
  • Have enough money for your stay
  • Be a genuine temporary entrant
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
  • Best interests of the child, whereby a visa might not be granted if it is not in the best interests of a child under the age of 18

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