Australia Student Visa (Subclass 500)

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Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) Introduced July 2016

Single Immigration Risk Framework

Under the new system, evidentiary requirements for international students will be based on the applicants' country of residence and their education provider's immigration risk record. For the lowest risk level - a declaration of funds, and a Confirmation of Enrolment will be enough. However, the Australian Immigration Authority retains the right to require further evidence.

Financial Requirements

High immigration risk applications are required to satisfy financial requirements by providing one of the following three:

  • evidence of funds to cover all associated expenses for the course duration (see FAQ);
  • evidence of meeting the annual income requirement;
  • an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES) form, for secondary exchange students only.

The income demonstrated must be the personal income of the student’s spouse or parents only. The 12-month living cost requirement can be met by providing evidence for one of the following: money deposit or loan with a financial institution, government loan, scholarship or sponsorship.

English Language Requirement

Where evidence of English language ability is required the applicant must hold a valid International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate. An overall band of 5.5 must be achieved. If the applicant has underwent 10 or 20 weeks' English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) the overall band falls down to 5 and 4.5 respective to the duration. The equivalent of the band is accepted from the following providers: Test of English as a Foreign Language - paper based test (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English Academic, Cambridge English: Advanced, Occupational English Test.

English Language Exemption

You are exempt from the language proficiency requirement if you hold a passport from one of the following countries: Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Evidence of Enrolment

To apply for a student visa for Australia (Subclass 500) you must first be accepted in an educational institution registered with the Government as a provider of education to international students.

Family Members & Guardians

Family members accompanying student visa holders must also apply for a Subclass 500 visa. They must initially be declared family unit members on the primary application, whether they intend to go to Australia or not. If not declared, a visa cannot be granted on a later stage.

Guardians must apply for a Student Guardian visa (Subclass 590). This visa is not streamlined by the SSVF and the regular evidence of financial capacity must be presented, meaning evidence of income over AUD 70,000, OR evidence of available funds to cover the expenses for the full duration of the stay in Australia.

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Your safest bet to obtain an Australian student visa is to apply with Visa First. Our visa experts will help you with all the required information, guidance, and will prepare your application up to the requirements of the visa issuing authorities. Being represented by Visa First means your chances are maximised – we make sure your application is completely sound, all requirements are met, and all required documents are available. Contact us on the appropriate local number or online.

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