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How to apply for an Australian student visa

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Australia is the third most popular destination for international students in the world, with five of its cities among the best student cities in the world. The facilities at Australian universities are also impressive.

There are many reasons why Australia is considered with world-class higher education. But before you can embark on your study trip to Australia, you should know more about what you need to do to get your student visa before your arrival.

Benefits of an Australian student visa

With an Australian student visa, you can

  • participate in an eligible course of study in Australia
  • travel in and out of Australia
  • work up to 48 hours a fortnight when your course of study or training is in session (students studying for masters by research or doctoral degree, and their families, have no work limit).

How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa to study for up to 5 years. The type of course and its length will determine the length of stay

Primary school children enrolled in years 1-4 will generally only be granted a student visa for a maximum period of 3 years.

Stay longer

If your Student visa will expire before your graduation you might be eligible for a Visitor visa (subclass 600). You will need a letter from your education provider with the date of your graduation.

If you hold or held a student visa and completed specific qualifications in Australia in the last six months, you might be eligible for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).

If you are a recent engineering graduate of a recognized institution you might be eligible for the Skilled Recognition Graduate visa (subclass 476).

If you want to stay longer for other reasons, you must apply for a new visa that suits your circumstances.

Cost

The visa costs AUD710.00 for the main applicant unless they are exempt.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa.

Students who were unable to complete their course within their original student visa validity due to COVID-19 and need to apply for a further student visa to complete their studies may be eligible for a fee waiver. See COVID-19 and the border – Student visa.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates, and biometrics.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the other costs.

Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when we decide on your application.

Packaged courses

You will need to give us a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for each course. The last course you take as part of the course package is your main course of study. We use your main course of study to work out what financial and English language skills evidence you must give us.

If your visa application includes a package of courses, course gaps must be less than two calendar months, unless the first course finishes at the end of the standard academic year and the next course commences at the beginning of the standard academic year.

For example, the academic year generally ends in November and starts again in February the following year, three to four months is an acceptable gap between courses.

Standard visa grant periods apply to packaged courses.

Your application can take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

Your visa can’t be processed if you do not pay the correct visa application fee .you will be notified if this is the case.

Travel

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.

Visa label

Your visa will be digitally linked to your passport. You will not get a label on your passport.

Before you apply

Outside Australia – Apply for your visa at least 8 weeks before your course starts.

In Australia – Allow plenty of time to apply for your next visa, avoid waiting until the last day your current substantive visa expires in case of unexpected complications, as we may not always be able to help you.

Gather your documents

To see what you will need to provide evidence of, use the Document Checklist Tool.

Enter your country of passport and education provider to get an accurate document checklist. Choose the option ‘I have not decided on a provider yet’ in the tool if you have not yet chosen a provider.

The tool will tell you what you will need to provide evidence of. If the tool says you need to provide evidence of a certain thing, select ‘Show steps’ to see what kind of evidence we might accept.

Re-check the document checklist based on the country of passport and education provider just before you submit your application to be sure you have the most current list. The Document Checklist Tool is updated twice a year on 31 March and 30 September.

Apply for the visa

You must apply for this visa online. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply.

You should submit a complete and decision-ready application. Applications that are lodged without relevant documentation may be refused or delayed. The application form in ImmiAccount tells you what documents to attach.

After you apply

See what you can and must do after you apply.

You should respond to any requests for information promptly. You do not need to wait until the deadline to respond to a Departmental request for further information.  You should also regularly log into your ImmiAccounts to check for messages from the Department and respond promptly.

You should avoid booking travel before your visa has been finalized.

Visa outcome

you will be notified in writing about your visa application status. you will be given:

  • your visa grant number
  • the date your visa expires
  • your visa conditions

Keep a copy of the decision with you when in Australia.

You will be notified if your visa application is refused and if you have a right to a review of the decision.

The application fee will not be refunded if your application is refused

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