A student (subclass 500) visa may be granted to you if you intend to participate in an eligible course of study in Australia. The visa will allow you to travel in and out of Australia and work up to 40 hours every 2-week period once your course starts.
Student visas can be granted to children intending to study primary or high school in Australia, through to vocational and trade education up through to higher education. The validity period of a student visa will generally be determined by the length of the course.
In order to obtain this type of visa you must be able to demonstrate that you are a genuine student and genuinely intend to visit Australia temporarily to complete your studies.
Studying in Australia may lead to becoming eligible for a further provisional or permanent residency visa. However, any study you intend to undertake must be for the furthering of your education or career.
The visa information provided here should only be used as a guide. If you believe this visa may be appropriate for your circumstances, then we would encourage you to contact us for a complete and thorough assessment of your situation and visa eligibility.
Temporary Relaxation of Work Hours
To address workforce shortages, student visa work hours have been temporarily relaxed. This measure takes effect immediately for all ongoing students as well as new student arrivals, including secondary applicants. Students will be able to work before their course of study commences. They will also be able to work more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy.
These temporary measures remain in place until further notice. Students must ensure they are aware of any changes to visa conditions, including work rights.
In addition, student visa holders who are outside Australia and arrive between 19 January 2022 and 19 March 2022 may be eligible for a refund of their VAC. Students can apply for a refund up until 31 December 2022.