With this visa you can
- participate in an eligible course of study in Australia
- travel in and out of Australia as many times as you want
- work up to 40 hours every 2-week period once your course starts
- apply for a different temporary or permanent visa, if eligible
How long you can stay
This is a temporary visa. The type of course and its length will determine the length of stay
Primary school children enrolled in years 1-4 can only be granted a student visa for a maximum of 2 years.
To continue studying in Australia, you must apply for a new Student visa.
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. Explore your visa options.
You can include family members when you lodge your visa application. For student visas, your family member is:
- your spouse or de facto partner, or
- your, or your spouse or de facto partner’s dependent child who is unmarried and has not turned 18 years of age.
You must declare your family members in your student visa application even if they do not plan to travel with you to Australia. If you do not do this, your family members will not be eligible for a student visa to join you in Australia.
Your family members can also apply as a subsequent entrant (at a later time, separate from your application) in ImmiAccount.
The visa costs from AUD575 for the main applicant, unless they are exempt.
There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and if we grant your application.
You can apply to take 2 or more courses on your Student visa where one course clearly leads to the next. We call this course packaging.
You must either:
- give us a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for each course, or
- show us that no CoE is required for a 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.
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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
We can't process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case.
You and your family must meet all visa conditions and follow Australian laws.
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.
It will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.