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Student Visa

What is the Student Visa application fee?

​The Student Visa (Subclass 500) will cost $656.56 this includes the online payment surcharge as is paid to immigration when we lodge your visa application. 

Onshore: If you applied for your current visa (that you’re on now) from inside Australia then Immigration add on an extra charge of $700. Therefore, with the online payment surcharge you will pay $1363.64 to lodge the visa application.

Offshore: If you’re offshore there is no extra charge and the cost of the visa will be $656.56

What are the Student Visa requirements?

You need to be enrolled in an accredited CRICOS course, hold a substantive visa (Not a bridging visa) if you are already in Australia, and be covered by an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). 

Certain countries have to show evidence of fundings or English language proficiency.

Student visa 500 checklist

​​Do I need to show evidence of a certain amount of money?

Depending on your nationality and current location you may be required to show proof that you have enough money to cover the costs and expenses of your travel, tuition and stay in Australia.​ We can explain about this to you in more depth if required.

Can I add my partner to my application?

Your partner or family members can be included on your application. They will have the same work rights as you do unless you are studying a Master’s degree. In this case your partner will have full time work rights. They will also need to get an OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) and pay a visa fee at the application stage.

We can explain about this to you in more depth if required.

Am I allowed to work on a Student Visa?

Yes, once your course has started you are allowed to work part-time which is equivalent to 40 hours a fortnight. Exceptions for term breaks and school holidays students are allowed to work unlimited hours.  

Please note: There has been a temporary relaxation of working hours for international students which means that all international students can work full time before their course starts and during the term.

Can I study online or any course on a student visa?

International students must be enrolled in CRICOS registered courses to be eligible for a student visa 500. Those courses are delivered face-to-face only (exceptions made with Covid). However, on the side of your student visa course, you can take any online course you like in your free time.

Why is your service free?

How is it possible? Education agents in Australia are funded by education providers. This is why our team is committed to providing the best advice in total transparency. Zero fees and zero headaches for you. We take care of everything for free.

What is the cheapest course for international students in Australia?

The business/management type of courses are the most popular amongst international students most of the time on bank balance and social life! These courses are usually the cheapest courses for international students in Australia. Prices start from as low as $4500 for a 12 month course. Discover the cheap and popular courses.

Can I apply for a Student Visa after a WHV, Tourist Visa or Covid Visa?

Yes, all 3 visas are considered as substantive visas. This means you are eligible to apply for a student visa if you hold one of those visas and if there are no conditions on your current visa that prevent you from doing so. Working Holiday Visa to student visa is the most popular way to extend your stay in Australia.

What if my Student Visa hasn't been granted before the current visa expires?

This is very common due to current processing times which are quite long.  As long as you lodge your student visa application before your current visa expires you are all good. During the application process, you will receive a Bridging visa which maintains the same conditions as your current visa.

Do I need to get an IELTS/PTE to study in Australia?

Yes, if you want to study with TAFE or Universities. For most private VET courses in Australia, an academic English test is not required. Each school will have their own online English Placement Test, which is 100% free of charge and so much easier so don’t stress too much about it. Depending on your country of origin though, you might have to provide an IELTS or PTE test for the visa application (immigration).

Is there an age limit to apply for a Student Visa?

No, that’s the good news! There is no age limit to apply for a Student Visa in Australia. So, if you are not eligible for a working holiday visa you can apply for the Student Visa.

Can I change my course or transfer to another institution?

If you have been studying your primary course for at least 6 months you are eligible for a release. If it’s been less than 6 months then you will need approval from your education provider to transfer elsewhere. Then the decision is in their hands. You should discuss with our team if you are considering changing your course.

Can I travel and leave the country while holding a Student Visa?

Yes absolutely, the Student Visa 500 is a multiple entry visa. You are allowed to leave the country as much as you like to visit your family back home or go traveling. You get school holidays allowing you time for your travels.

How long is the process to get my Student Visa?

If you are in Australia, you don’t have to worry about the processing time as you will get a bridging visa granted as soon as your previous visa expires. When applying for a Student Visa 500 outside of Australia you will expect a processing time of 3 months on average. Your visa needs to be granted before you are allowed to come to the country.

My visa expires in 2 days. Can I get a Student Visa?

Our team is fast and reactive. Depending on your situation we will be able to take care of your last minute application and lodge your visa on time. If you have any other questions, reach out to our team anytime or book a free consultation.