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Find out all you need to know about the subclass 500 Student Visa, including processing time, eligibility and estimated fees.

What is the Student visa 500?

With the Student visa (subclass 500), you can stay in Australia for up to 5 years for the purpose of full-time study at an educational institution.

With this visa you can:

  • Engage in an eligible course of study
  • include your family members in your application (your partner or you and your partner’s dependent child.
  • apply online in or outside Australia
  • work up to 48 hours every 2-week period once your course starts. Master by research and Ph.D. students can work full-time. All students can work full time during school holidays.

This visa can be quite complex, so to have a successful application, avail a free counselling session from experienced counsellors.



As per changes announced on March 23 2024:

  1. English Language requirement
  • Minimum test score for college studies (IELTS) 5.5 to 6.0 (or equivalent)
  • Minimum test score for taking an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas students (ELICOS) 5.0 or equivalent
  • Minimum test score for foundation or pathway programs 5.5 or equivalent
  1. GS Requirement

According to the latest changes, instead of a 300 word statement, the following questions need to answered

  • Details of current circumstances, including your ties to your family, community, employment and other financial obligations
  • Reasons for choosing the particular course and Australia as your study destinantion
  • Merits of studying the chosen course for you
  • Educational history
  • Reasons for applying for student visa

Additional details of relevant information

  1. Student Visa Declaration

Confirm that you:

  • Understand the real meaning of being a genuine student
  • Have read, understand and commit to comply  with the conditions laid by the Department of Home Affairs
  • Understand that even though certain permanent migration pathways are available, not all students can be eligible for the same
  • Documentation
  • Confirmation of Enrolment
  • IELTS/PTE Test results showing your English Language Skills
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Prove that you have a genuine intention to study and return back
  • Prove financial requirements
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Have enough money to cover living expenses

 Document Checklist Tool 

What is the cost of the Student visa 500?

You can use the Visa Pricing Estimator to find out current fees. 

What is the processing time for the Student visa 500?

Processing times can vary based on which sector you’re applying for. Take a look at the processing time for other sectors.

Please also see student visa grant periods to determine the length of coverage you need.


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