Student Visa (subclass 500)
Student Visa Requirements & Rules
An Australian student visa allows international students to study & work in Australia for the duration of their course, or package of courses. Being enrolled to study in Australia is not a guarantee that you will be granted your student visa.
To apply for the student visa, you must be fully enrolled in your course(s) and have a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for each one (ie. 1 for English + 1 for the bachelor).
When assessing your student visa application, the Department of Home Affairs will decide whether or not you are a good candidate for the student visa.
How do they do this? There is a list of requirements that you must demonstrate, the most important of these is being the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria. This basically means that you are coming to Australia to study your course, and will be returning to your home country, or another country, at the end of your student visa.
Of course, many international students will be eligible to apply for another visa at the end of their studies (such as the Temporary Graduate Visa). However, for the purpose of the student visa, the sole purpose of coming to Australia is to study.
Upcoming 2023 Student Visa Changes
Please be aware that the student visa system is currently under review (as of Sept 18, 2023).
We are expecting updates on new procedures by the end of 2023, and will update our content on the topic as we learn more.
Please click on the links below to learn more about the 500 visa.