Australian Embassy

Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 590)

1. About this visa

2. What I can do with this visa?

3. How to apply for this visa?

 About this visa

A Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) is for clients who intend to stay in Australia as the guardian of a student and is a parent or close relative (over 21 years of age) of an applicant or a current Student visa holder who is under 18 years of age.

In most circumstances, if you are applying for a Student Guardian visa and you have a child under the age of 6, you will not be eligible for the grant of this visa. However under very limited circumstances, you may be eligible for a Student Guardian visa if you satisfy the following:

  • you are able to demonstrate compelling and compassionate circumstances as to why you should be granted a Student Guardian visa; and
  • you meet all other requirements.

Applicants will be able to get details about the documentation and evidence requirements online from the Department of Home Affairs website.
See: Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)


What can I do with this visa?

If granted: 

  • You cannot work
  • You can live in Australia for the same length of time as the student for whom you are guardian or until the student turns 18 years of age, whichever happens first
  • Bring dependent children with you to Australia, but only if they are under six years of age and meet specific eligibility requirements
  • You can study in Australia for up to 20 hours per week in an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS).
  • Study in a course other than ELICOS in Australia for up to three months.

Further information on what you can do with this visa can be found at the department’s website.
See: Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)


How do I apply for this visa?