As the visa applicant, you must,
- be enrolled in a course of study in Australia
- hold Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), or fall in one of the exemption categories
- must be six years or older
- prove you have a welfare arrangement if you are under 18
- You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when DOHA decides on your application.
- If you are a school student, you must be aged six or older to apply for this visa. You must also be less than 17 years old when you begin Year 9; less than 18 years old when you begin Year 10; less than 19 years old when you begin Year 11; less than 20 years old when you begin Year 12.
- You must be enrolled in a full-time course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for each course of study with your visa application.
- Meet the English language requirement set by the respective education provider and also meet the language requirement imposed by Home Affairs. If you need to provide evidence of your English language skill, you must provide evidence that you: have obtained a certain test score in an English language test that the Department has approved, OR fall into an exemption category listed in the general notes section.
- A minimum score of 5.5 in IELTS Academic or 42 in Person PTE Academic is required.
- A minimum score of 5.0 in IELTS Academic or 36 in Person PTE Academic is required, if the student is enrolled in 10 weeks of English language intensive course.
- A minimum score of 4.5 in IELTS Academic or 30 in Person PTE Academic is required, if the student is enrolled in 20 weeks of English language intensive course.
- You must have taken the English language test in the two years before you apply for a student visa.
- You and the members of your family must maintain adequate health insurance for the entire duration of your stay in Australia. You must also ensure you don’t enter Australia before your OSHC begins, and maintain your OSHC until you leave Australia.
- You must have enough money to pay for your studies and stay in Australia. Please see the General Notes section to see how much money you need to cover the cost of your studies and stay in Australia.
- You must be a genuine temporary entrant and intend to return home after studying in Australia.
- You can’t apply for this visa while you are in Australia if you have one of the following visas:
- Domestic Worker (Temporary) Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426)
- Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or consular) stream
- Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) – primary visa holder only. A family member of a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) can apply for a student visa in Australia.
- Transit visa (subclass 771)
- Visitor visa (subclass 600) in the Sponsored Family stream or the Approved Destination Status stream
- Meet all the health and character requirements
- Must not have any debt to pay to the Australian government.
- If you are 18 years of age or older, you must: have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia booklet AND sign an Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws.
- If you are applying for a student visa and you are under 18 years of age, you must have adequate welfare arrangements in place while you are in Australia. If you are 18 years of age when you arrive in Australia, you must inform DOHA as you might not need to provide some of this information.
- With under 18 applicants, it must be in the best interest of them.
Note: If you have had a visa cancelled or previous application refused, you may not be granted a Student Visa Subclass 500.
You must provide evidence of your financial capacity to cover the cost of your stay in Australia throughout your study. You must have genuine access to the money required to cover the cost of your stay in Australia.
You must have enough money to pay for:
- your travel
- 12 months of your course fees (or pro-rata fees, if your course is less than 12 months)
- 12 months of living costs for you and any family members who come with you to Australia (or pro-rata fees, if you are staying less than 12 months)
- school fees for any school-age children who accompany you (or pro-rata fees, if the child will be at school for less than 12 months)
You can show proof you have enough money to cover the costs and expenses of your travel and your stay in Australia. You could give us evidence of:
- deposits of money from a financial institution
- government loans or loans from a financial institution
- scholarships or similar financial support
Alternatively, you can provide evidence that your parents or your partner had a personal annual income of at least AUD62,222 in the 12 months immediately before you apply. If you bring family members, you must demonstrate your parents’ or partner’s income is at least AUD72,592.
If both your parents are working, their combined income can be considered for the application. Provide evidence of your parents’ or partner’s income in the form of official government documents such as tax assessments less than 12 months old. DOHA won’t accept bank statements or direct evidence from an employer.
For the purpose of this visa, 12-month living costs are set at:
- for students or guardians – AUD21,041
- for partners coming with you – AUD7,362
- for a child coming with you – AUD3,152
Use the first 12 months of your course fees. If your course is 12 months or less, use the total cost. Deduct any expenses you have already paid – you must provide evidence you have paid them, such as a receipt or Confirmation of Enrolment.
If you are including any school-age children in your application, add schooling costs of at least AUD8,296 per year for each child. You must provide evidence the child is enrolled.
You don’t have to provide evidence of schooling costs if you:
- are a PhD student and have enrolled your child in an Australian government school where the fees have been waived
- have received an Australian Commonwealth Government scholarship, including Foreign Affairs and Defence sponsored students, and have enrolled your child in an Australian government school where the fees have been waived
As a guide, when you calculate how much money you need, include:
- AUD2,000 for travel costs if you are applying from anywhere else outside Australia except East or Southern Africa (AUD 2,500) OR West Africa (AUD 3,000)
- AUD1,000 for travel costs if you are applying in Australia. If you are returning to Africa, include AUD1,500
Family members (subsequent entrants)
Family members who apply to join you later must also show us they have enough money to cover:
- the costs and expenses of the student visa holder, including any remaining portion of the 12 months school fees minus any amount already paid
- 12 months living costs of all secondary applicants, including school fees
- travel costs for all secondary applicants
Genuine Temporary Entrant Requirement
Every student visa applicant must provide evidence that they are a genuine temporary entrant (GTE). All applicants must show they are coming to Australia temporarily to gain a quality education.
You must provide a personal statement addressing the GTE requirement at the time of your visa lodgement. It is recommended that you include evidence for the information you provide in your written statement. Generic statements unsupported by evidence will not be weighed heavily in the GTE assessment.
Include as much information and evidence as possible in your GTE statement to help give a full view of your situation. This will help DOHA decide on your student visa application.
Please visit the DOHA website to understand the GTE requirement in detail.
Alternatively, you can contact us to get started with the Visa.