About this visa
A Student visa (subclass 500) is for clients who intend to study with an education institution in Australia, especially for more than 3 months.
To lodge a valid application, the applicant must:
- complete form 157A (only online)
- pay the visa application charge (VAC)
- provide evidence of enrolment
- a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for each intended course of study; or
- an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES) form; or
- a letter of support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Department of Defence, containing details of the intended course of study
- evidence of welfare arrangement for all students under 18 years of age
- dependent family members (children and partner), except for children born after an application is made, can only be included at time of lodgement
Key requirements for the grant of a Student visa (subclass 500) are:
- Satisfying the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement
- Enrolment in a registered course of study
- Financial capacity and English language proficiency
- Health and character
- Health insurance
- Age requirements for school students
Your passport country and education provider will determine the immigration risk and also your evidentiary requirements. Applicants will be able to get details about the documentation and evidence requirements online from the Department of Home Affairs website.
See: Student visa (subclass 500)
What can I do with this visa
- you can study in Australia
- your dependant family members may accompany you to Australia under limited circumstances
- you and your family will be allowed limited or unlimited work rights depending on your course type and unlimited work rights during scheduled course breaks
- your partner (if eligible to accompany you to Australia) can study 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 visa (subclass 500)
How do I apply for this visa
Before lodging a Student visa (subclass 500) application, applicants must access the online Document Checklist Tool from the department’s website to learn about the documentation and evidence that will need to be included with their visa application.
- Student visa (subclass 500) > Document Checklist Tool
PLEASE READ the information below before you apply, as these are the most commonly identified issues that delay the processing of student visa applications:
- Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
You must include information on CoE for each intended course of study.
Course commencement date: Please ensure that your course commencement date has not passed at the time of lodgement.
Gap between courses: If you are applying for packaged-courses, please ensure that no more than 2 calendar months elapses between
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Start date: All applicants should obtain OSHC that commences at least a week prior to the date their course commences.
End date: OSHC should cover at least the full period of your proposed study in Australia or more.
- Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Criteria
The GTE requirement is measure designed to ensure that the student visa programme is used by students, not as a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia. You must provide a written statement addressing how you would satisfy this requirement in your application and attach any evidentiary documents to support your statement in your visa application.
For detailed information on GTE please refer to the website below.
See: Student visa (subclass 500) > Eligibility > Genuine temporary entrant
- Completing the online application form
Completing your application form with incorrect information may delay the processing of your application.
⇒You must record your personal information including your name and date of birth correctly in your online application form.
⇒A question on Citizenship must be answered correctly.
For instance, if you hold a passport issued by Japanese government and you are a citizen of Japan please answer YES to the question
‘Are you a citizen of the country of passport?’.
⇒You must record the correct dates of OSHC coverage as mentioned.
- Health examination
Undertaking health examination before you lodge your application or immediately after the lodgement of your application may assist in faster processing.
However, note that undertaking a health examination itself does not warrant visa grant. The Department is not responsible for your health examination costs regardless of decision on your visa application.
- Photocopies and translation
- All documents included in the application must be scanned copies of the original documents
- All documents not in English must be translated by an accredited (http://www.naati.com.au) or professional translator. The translation must be either on company letterhead or must have the translator's official company stamp/seal and must include their contact details.
A Student visa (subclass 500) application can only be applied online through the Department of Home Affairs website.
- Online application
- Create an online ImmiAccount if you do not have one already
- Start your online application
See: Student visa online application
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you attach your supporting documents to your online visa application at time of application.
If you need to provide subsequent supporting documents after the lodgement of your online application, you can attach them to your online visa application via ImmiAccount.
Please ensure that the size of each file does not exceed 5MB and we recommend clients to attach files in PDF format.
See: Attach documents to an online application
- Checking progress and enquiries
- You can check progress of your application through your ImmiAccount
- The department's visa service standards can be found on the Global visa and citizenship processing times page. Please note that the processing times are indicative only. The processing time of individual cases may vary depending on individual circumstances and the complexity of each case. We do not provide progress updates if your application is still within the processing time for 90% of applications. You will be notified by the processing office if further information is required and once a decision has been made on your application.
- The Visa Section is unable to answer enquiries for Student visa applications processed by another processing office. If your application is processed by a processing office in Australia, you will need to contact the office directly.
- Visa decision
- You will be notified of a decision by email (if you have agreed to electronic communication) or by post.
- Australian visas are recorded electronically so a visa label is not placed in your passport.