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Student Visas

From 1 July 2016 the Department of Immigration has streamlined the student visa program into one visa, the subclass 500 Student visa. Student guardians will apply for the new Student Guardian visa (subclass 590).


The Department of Immigration emphasises that the student should be certain that he or she will have enough money to set up house in Australia as well as to pay for air fares (including the return trip), course tuition fees, overseas student health cover (OSHC) and all general expenses during the stay in Australia. The assessment factors will review the student’s financial resources in this regard.

There are strict conditions attaching to the visa when issued, the most common being that:

  • The student must satisfy attendance and/or course requirements and maintain a valid enrolment for the chosen course of study – set out in new visa condition 8202
  • The student and members of the family unit must not work unless granted permission after the course of study has commenced
  • The student must remain with the education provider with whom the student enrolled for the first 12 months of the course (or for the duration of the course if the course lasts for less than 12 months) – save for in exceptional circumstances
  • The student’s residential address (and any changes) must be notified to the educational provider within 7 days of arrival in Australia (or of any move)
  • It should be noted that breaching any student visa condition might result in the visa being cancelled.

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The contents of this page are necessarily an abbreviated overview of a very detailed subject. The situation may change as the law can alter quickly and we therefore strongly recommend that you take professional advice about your personal circumstances before placing any reliance on the contents of the website.

Choice Migration Australia Pty Ltd can be contacted by email on, by telephone in Australia on 07 5571 0456 (ask for Mofid Bebawy), or by writing to us at PO Box 2121, Southport BC, QLD, 4215 Australia.