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The student visa (subclass 500) allows you to remain in Australia for up to five years for the purpose of full-time study at an educational institution. 


To obtain this type of visa you must meet the following demand:

  • You are more than six year olds
  • You have been accepted to study at an educational institution in Australia
  • You have health insurance.


For university studies and all longer programs you will need to apply for a student visa by following the steps below:

1. Apply to a school in Australia and get a CoE

Before you can apply for a student visa to Australia you must be enrolled at an Australian school. After you have received an offer letter from a school, accepted the offer in writing and paid their tuition deposit the school will send you a CoE, Confirmation of Enrolment.

2. Create an account with the Australian immigration authorities

Nowadays you normally apply online for Australian visas. Before you start your visa application you have to create an account at https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/register

3. Make sure that you have all the needed documents in digital format

4. Complete the visa application online

You should apply for a student visa subclass 500. The application can be made at the earliest 124 days before your course starts (according to the date on your CoE).

5. Pay the visa fee and get a TRN-number

When you have completed the application you should pay the application fee which currently is 575 AUD.

6. Possible health checkup and interview

Depending on where you will study and where you live you might also need to do a health checkup and/or a visa interview.

7. Get your visa decision


Academic Documents

Typically, students must submit the following:

  • Completed Australian student visa application form (157A)
  • Paid visa application fee – currently AU$560 (~US$430) in most cases
  • Copy of passport biodata page (some students may be asked to physically provide their passport)
  • Certificate of Enrolment or Letter of Offer
  • Criminal record check results
  • Four recent passport-sized photographs

Evidence of intended study

The applicant must provide evidence of their intended study. Generally, this will mean the student should provide:

  • A Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for all intended courses if applying outside of Australia
    • A CoE or letter of offer for all intended courses if applying in Australia
    • Either way, a CoE must be provided before the visa can be granted.

Evidence of financial capacity

Depending on your choice of education provider and country of passport,you can also be requested to provide evidence of your financial capacity.

  • Proof of funds from a suitable source that are sufficient for the purpose of a student’s visa application.
  • Satisfactory fund sources are:
  1. Proof such as a loan certificate or notarised copy of a letter, from a financial institution stating that the student and / or any person hold a loan for a specified amount and with a term covering at least the chosen study period.
  2. Proof of cash deposits that the student and/or any person hold for the chosen period of time immediately before the date of application. 

Depending on the circumstances, the applicant may also be asked to provide evidence that their spouse or parents are willing to support them, and that they have an annual income of at least AUD$60,000 for single students or at least AUD$70,000 for students accompanied by family members.

Evidence of English language ability

Depending on the nationality, the applicant may be asked to provide documents that prove the applicant’s ability of using English.

The current English language test minimum scores that an applicant must achieve are:

  • IELTS –overall 5.0 unless 10 week’s ELICOS 5.0 or if packaged with 20 weeks ELICOS 4.5
    • TOEFL (paper based, specified countries only) 527, 500, 450
    • TOEFL iBT46, 35, 32
    • CAE 162, 154, 147
    • PTE 42, 36, 30
    • OET PASS mark.

Health requirements:

Some students may be asked to take a medical and/or a radiological check-up to show they’re in good health (this applies, for example, to those who intend to train as a doctor, dentist or nurse). If told to do so, you must attend an appointment with a doctor who has been approved by the Australian immigration department.


The length of stay in Australia is up to five years


The cost of applying for the student visa (subclass 500) starts from AUD560.00.


The Australian student visa (subclass 500) under the transmission of the independent ELICOS Sector requires a long processing time of 37 days and 68 days.