Overseas students need to hold a valid student visa during the whole time of their staying in Australia.
Before July 2016, student visa was categorized into multiple types depending on the personal situation of applicants. For example, the visa type for high school overseas students is different from the visa type for university overseas students. After July 2016, the immigration office has simplified the process and aggregates all student visas into just one class.
Here below is a brief introduction of the current Student visa (subclass 500).
Who can apply this visa?
Overseas students who have enrolled to study in a registered full-time course at an educational institution in Australia can apply for this visa.
Educational institution includes but not limited to:
- High Schools and Colleges
- Vocational Training Institutions
What requirements apply to this visa?
The basic requirement of a student visa is the confirmation of enrollment of full-time study in Australia. Other requirements include but not limited to:
- Appropriate welfare arrangement for the duration of staying
- Language requirement
- Health requirement
- Personal character requirement
How much does the visa cost?
As at the day of this site is constructed, the basic application fee for student visa (subclass 500) is $550. However, this may not the final cost to applicants. There maybe service fee to pay to migration agents (if applicable) or additional charges for special situation such as having additional applicant(s) in one application.
Please visit the website of Australian Government – Department of Immigration to obtain more detail information about student visa for overseas students.