Student Visas

Australia’s Student Visas are your opportunity to enjoy world-class education and achieve internationally recognized degrees. The unique cultural experience, student clubs, housing options, scholarships, and career opportunities after graduation make Australia one of the most ideal places to acquire high-quality education.

If you are pursuing an academic degree in Australia, you have 3 different student visas: The Student Visa – Subclass 500, The Temporary Graduate – Subclass 485 and The Recognized Graduate – Subclass 476.

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 apply 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 can apply 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 apply for the Graduate Work Stream, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must be under 50 years old
  • You are currently holding a student visa (not supported by the Defense or Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister)
  • You held a student visa in the past six months before you applied and now you have a Bridging Visa A or Bridging Visa B or a substantive visa
  • You must meet the Australian study requirements
  • You must graduate with the skills and qualifications for an in-demand occupation in Australia (according to the MLTSSL)
  • You must meet language requirements
  • You must meet 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 apply for the Post-Study Work Stream, you need to meet the following 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
    OR
  • Meet English language requirements
  • Have health insurance
  • 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 apply for the Recognized Graduate – Subclass 476, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must have a degree or higher qualification from a specified institution within the past 2 years
  • You must be under 31 years old
  • 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
  • You must sign the Australian values statement
  • You mustn’t have a debt to the Australia government
  • You must not have had a visa cancelled or an application refusal

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


How can we help you apply for the Student Visas?

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