Student Visa Subclass 500

What is Student Visa Subclass 500 Visa For?

Student visa subclass 500 is a collective term for different visa categories for those from overseas as international students.

The purpose of the visa is to allow students from foreign countries to enrol in a full-time course in an Australia institution. In order to come to study as an international student, students must make application to the institution to get a letter of offer, pay the prescribed tuition fees and get CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment) before you have your visa lodged to the Australian government. 

Subclass 500 can be further classified as different visa streams, depending on your level of courses applied:

  • Independent ELICOS stream. This is for English study only.
  • School stream (including primary and secondary students)
  • Vocational education & training (VET) stream
  • Higher education steam (bachelor or master degree courses)
  • Postgraduate Research stream (Master by research or PhD)
  • Non-award stream (Foundation program)
  • AUS AID or Defence sponsored stream

Who can apply for a student visa 500 and what are the eligibility criteria ?

  • You must be 6 years of age or older
  • Be offered by an education institution, which also  issues a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) by that institution
  • You must demonstrate you or your parents have enough money to pay for your study
  • You must meet the health and character requirements

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