Applying for a Study Visa (Subclass 500)
Applying for a student visa is a very important step as this type of visa will allow you to live, work and study in Australia for a maximum of five years, in line with your course. A student visa could also help you get ready for a Post-study Work Visa (Subclass 485).
To apply for a visa, you will need to provide:
- Your Letter of Offer.
- Your CoE which is the proof that you are registered in your declared course.
- Proof of English Proficiency IF English is not your first language.
- A Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement. You will be required to write a statement proving that you are genuinely going to Australia to study and will not overstay your visa. Our Education Counsellors will assist you with this.
- Proof that you have enough funds to support yourself throughout your stay. You have two options:
- You can provide bank statements and evidence of grants/scholarships or
- You can supply proof of your parent’s or partner’s annual income which must be AUD 62,222 (around £ 35,000) in the year before you apply (if a family member will be joining you the income must be higher).
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your stay. On acceptance and payment of your first tuition amount and OSHC, the university will arrange health coverage for the anticipated length of your student visa. However, OSHC is offered by several providers, so you also have the option of choosing a different provider.
- A medical certificate: you might need to undergo a health examination.
- Proof that you are of good character which means that you will need to pass a character test.
Please be aware that we are not immigration consultants therefore if you have specific immigration queries you should get the support of a registered Australian migration agent.
Working in Australia on a Student Visa
You will normally be allowed to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during term time and unlimited hours during study breaks. However, due to current workforce shortages, the Australian Government is temporarily removing the limit on student visa holders' working hours. This applies to all sectors of the economy and will be reviewed in due time.
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