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Student Visa Australia

Want to study in Australia? We can help!
Speak with an accredited consultant about your student visa options and requirements. A student visa to Australia allows you to work part-time and even sponsor your family to come stay with you.

Contact UIS Australia’s consultancy today for more information.

Australia’s student visas are your opportunity to enjoy world-class education and achieve internationally recognized degrees (check out the Best Places to Study in Australia). The unique cultural experience, student clubs, housing options, scholarships, and career opportunities make Australia one of the most ideal places to acquire high-quality education.

If you are pursuing an academic degree in Australia, you have 4 different student visas: The Student Visa – Subclass 500, The Temporary Graduate – Subclass 485, The Recognized Graduate – Subclass 476, and the Post-Study Work Stream (see below).

Why Study in Australia?

Australia is one of the most popular destinations in the world for international students. Australia’s universities are internationally known for their exceptional reputation, premium training facilities, student support services and overall efficient education system. The education system is carefully regulated by the Australian government to ensure that it maintains its high standards.

Save On Expenses

Living expenses and tuition fees in Australia are significantly lower than they are in the United States or the United Kingdom, not to mention the available scholarships that will further lower the cost of your tuition fees (see Study Assist). These benefits make enrollment into Australia’s universities much easier for international students, allowing them to live, study and work in Australia while maintaining a good quality of life.

Take Advantage of Academic Opportunities

You will find a wide range of courses and degrees in top academic programs in science, chemistry, biology, geology, zoology and wildlife, accountancy, engineering, mathematics and more. You can take vocational studies and English language training as well. With such diversity it might even be difficult to choose!

Australia’s academic institutions are overall designed to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and develop your skills to help you succeed in your field.

Discover Paths to Future Careers

Considering Australia’s reputation, having an Australian qualification can attract potential employers in Australia or any other country in the world. Many vocational courses and degrees provide paths to internships and hands-on experience that will help you grow your professional network. Once you complete your studies, you might become eligible to live and work in Australia permanently.

Make Social Connections Easily

If you’re concerned about being the “odd man out” – you can take a breath of relief. Australia welcomes hundreds of thousands of international students every year (over 700,000 in 2019!), so you will definitely find your place in the crowd.

Enjoy Exciting Outdoor Activities

Australia is the place to go on an exciting adventure and try new experiences. Take a walk beside kangaroos on Kangaroo Island, swim with colorful fish in the Great Barrier Reef, discover rainforests and secluded islands, walk across golden beaches and dive into the deep blue waters of the ocean.

If you are more of an indoor person, you can enjoy a lively night scene, music concerts, sporting events, art centers and museums.

 Top Universities to Study in Australia

Not sure where you want to study yet? Take your pick from this list of Australia’s top 10 universities:

Ranking 2021





University of Melbourne




University of Sydney


New South Wales


Australian National University


Australian Capital Territory


The University of Queensland




Monash University




UNSW Sydney


New South Wales


University of Adelaide


South Australia


The University of Western Australia


Western Australia


University of Technology Sydney


New South Wales


University of Canberra


Australian Capital Territory


What Is the Student Visa Types?

The Student Visa – Subclass 500

The Student Visa – Subclass 500 is granted for up to 5 years – depending on your enrollment. Using the Student Visa – Subclass 500 you can participate in an eligible course of study in Australia, travel in an out of the country as much as you would like, and work up to 40 hours every two weeks once your studies begin.

To become eligible for the Student Visa – Subclass 500, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must register with a course of study and provide evidence
  • You must make welfare arrangements if you are under 18 years old
  • You must meet language requirements
  • You must meet health and character requirements
  • You must have health insurance
  • You must have sustainable funds
  • You must have a genuine intent to stay temporarily and return to your home country when your visa expires

The type of course and the length of it will determine how long you will be permitted to stay in Australia using this visa. Children going to primary school for years 1 – 4 will usually receive a student visa for 3 years.

The Temporary Graduate – Subclass 485 Visa

The Temporary Graduate – Subclass 485 Visa allows you to legally live, study and work in Australia after you have finished your studies. This means that if you would like to extend your stay in Australia after graduation, you may be eligible for this visa.

The Temporary Graduate – Subclass 485 Visa is divided into two streams: The Graduate Work Stream and The Post-Study Work Stream:

The Graduate Work Stream is for international students who graduated with skills and qualifications relevant to specific, in-demand occupations in Australia. Using this visa, you can legally live, work and study in Australia temporarily.

To become eligible for the Graduate Work Stream, here are some of the eligibility requirements:

  • You must be under 50 years old
  • You are currently holding a student visa
  • You held a student visa in the past six months before you applied
  • You met the Australian study requirements
  • You graduated with the skills and qualifications for an in-demand occupation in Australia (according to the MLTSSL)
  • You met language requirements
  • You met health and character requirements

This visa is valid for up to 18 months. Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years.

The Post-Study Work Stream is for international students who recently graduated from an Australian institution and would like to continue living, working and studying in Australia temporarily.

To become eligible for the Post-Study Work Stream, here are some of the eligibility requirements:

  • You must be under 50 years old
  • You must have held your first Australia student visa on or after 5 November 2011
  • Meet study requirements
  • Meet qualification requirements at a degree level or above
  • You studied with an Australian education provider registered with CRICOS
  • Hold an eligible passport from the UK, U.S, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland
  • Meet English language requirements
  • Meet health and character requirements

This visa is usually granted for 2 to 4 years, depending on your qualification. Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years.

The Recognized Graduate – Subclass 476

The Recognized Graduate – Subclass 476 is the visa you need if you graduated as an engineering student in Australia. This visa allows you to legally live, work and study in Australia for up to 18 months.

To become eligible for the Recognized Graduate – Subclass 476, here are some of the eligibility requirements:

  • You must be under 31 years old
  • You must have a degree or higher qualification from a specified institution within the past 2 years
  • You must not have previously held the Graduate Work Stream or the Temporary Graduate – Subclass 485 visa
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Meet language requirements

If you would like to extend your stay, you will not be able to do that by extending the validity of this visa or opting for another Skilled-Recognized Graduate Visa. For more options, contact your personal immigration consultant.

What is the Application Process to Study in Australia?

Well, first and foremost, before starting the process for an Australian student visa, you need to be officially admitted to an institution. This means:

  • Choosing your course/s
  • Submitting an application to the institution
  • Receiving an offer letter
  • Receiving an electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCoE)
  • Obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Once you are officially registered with an Australian institution and you have submitted all the required documents, you can finally start the process for your Australian student visa.

Obtaining an Australian student visa is quite simple and straightforward. Once you have met your visa requirements, you will need to collect some final documents:

  1. A valid passport
  2. Proof of finances
  3. Reference letter
  4. electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCoE)
  5. Evidence of your English proficiency level

We will then prepare and submit your visa application.

Processing times for Australian student visas vary, however, you should normally receive your visa approval close to when you are supposed to start your studies.


At UIS Australia we assisted new students from all over the world to obtain their student visas. We can advise you on the process, connect you with academic institutions who offer the types of courses and curriculums you want, prepare and submit your visa application.

Additionally, if you decide that you want to work in Australia after you graduate, we can assist you with obtaining your work visa as well. With a fully experienced team of MARA immigration agents, we are happy to share our expertise with you and help you achieve your immigration goals.

Have questions? Speak with an Accredited Consultant

UIS Australia is a leading consultancy for Australia immigration and visa matters. With a dedicated team of certified consultants, we would be happy to support you on your journey to Australia. Consult with our team today about possible immigration routes for you and your family.


Eligibility requirements for an Australia study visa include: a valid passport, proof of finances, proof of English proficiency, reference letter, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), and eCoE.

Once you have provided these documents and prepared your visa application, you can submit your application and wait for a final approval.

Applying for an Australian study visa is considered to be less complicated compared to other Australian visas. Applying for a work permit after graduation might raise a challenge due to the more elaborate requirements.

Be sure to fully research your options and eligibility requirements, or consult your personal immigration agent.

There is no age limitation to study in Australia. However, there are special requirements if you are under 18 years old. If you are 50 years or older, you won't be eligible to apply for any of Australia's work and permanent residency visas.

You don't need to notify them if you return home or if your study situation changes, because the status of your student visa won't change; your student visa will remain valid until you start another visa application or your visa expires.

The minimum IELTS score required for an Australian Student Visa is no less than 5.5. The ideal score would be 6.5. If you are doing a TOEFL test (internet-based test) you will need an overall score of 60 to 90.