Student Visa Australia (Subclass 500) is your pathway to
world class education

The quest for attaining academic excellence and global expertise drives many students to pursue higher education in countries abroad. Countries like Australia and Canada have also relaxed their visa rules and opened their doors to international students willing to pursue higher education. One of the popular visas for studying in Australia is the Student Visa Subclass 500. This Student visa allows international students to live in Australia for upto 5 years to undertake full term education and training in Australia.


The Student visa 500 entitles its holder with a few services. Certain privileges are allowed to the holder of the Student Visa 500 simultaneously.  Let us have a sneak peek into the services provided:

  • The student visa 500 allows the student to undertake a full term study course in Australia registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Some provisions and entitlements are ensured to the student through this visa.
  • Including a family member is allowed in the visa application. (Family members can be the spouse/partner or the applicant’s dependent child/children.
  • The student is allowed to work upto 40 hours every 2 week period after the commencement of the course.
  • The duration of the visa is 5 years and may change subject to a change in the course opted for.
  • Multiple travels to and from Australia is allowed to the holder of the Student visa 500 for a span of 5 years.


The Student Visa 500 comes with a lot of facilities for the international students during their stay in Australia. The international students are expected to abide by a few rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are as follows;

  • The age of the applicant plays a crucial role. Therefore, it is important to note that the age of the applicant must be 6 years or more if he/she is applying for studying as a student in school under this visa. Students enrolling under the secondary school student exchange program are not eligible to apply under this visa.
  • For higher grades the age of the student must not be more than 17 years in the 9th grade and 20 years in the 12th
  • Evidence of the enrollment is vital. The student needs to have proof of enrollment in the form of Confirmation of Enrollment (COE) Letter. In case, the student fails to provide this COE, the visa is considered invalid and the processing of it is halted.
  • In case if the student is applying for multiple courses, he/she needs to provide a Confirmation of Enrollment (COE) Letter for every single course. This visa application needs to include this element of multiple courses in it otherwise, the visa will be issued only for the courses mentioned in the visa application.
  • If the student is below the age of 18 years, he/she needs to have an adequate welfare arrangement in place while living in Australia.
  • English language Requirements have to be met. The test scores of some of the department approved exams can serve as evidence of your English language skills.
  • During the total period of stay, the student and his family is required to hold proper and adequate health insurance. This health insurance is essential to be approved by an Australian Insurance company.
  • The student must have adequate funds to support his/her stay in Australia. An evidence of the financial arrangements is crucial.
  • It is expected from the applicant to return to his motherland after the completion of the course.
  • The health and character requirements must be satisfied by the student and their family members who are above the age of 18 years.

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To ensure proper submission the applicants need to go through their Student Visa 500 Checklist before applying for the visa. The students are also required to fulfil the Student Visa Subclass 500 conditions to enroll into a full time study course in Australia under CRICOS registration. These conditions are as follows:

  • Confirmation of Enrollment (Enrollment assurance document) for every single course applied.
  • To apply at school, the minimum age of the student should be 6 years or older.
  • The Duration of the student’s stay in Australia = Duration of the course applied for. However, under the visa one can live in Australia for maximum 5 years.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover from an approved health insurance in Australia is mandatory.
  • Student must qualify for various English language tests with different providers to enroll in course in Australia.


For any changes in your situation, you need to inform the Department of Home Affairs and notify them about the said changes. The changes may be change of phone number, email, residential address, relationship status, passport, the birth of a child or welfare arrangements.

Changes in the course has to be informed to the Department of Home Affairs immediately as it can affect the student’s visa.


If the student is below the age of 18 years, either of these welfare arrangements have to be organized:

  • The student is required to either appoint a student guardian who has a valid visa to stay in Australia until the student turns 18 or until the completion of the course. The student guardian can be a parent, a legal custodian or any relative who is above 21 years of age.
  • The student s required to organize with your education provider a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW). Once your CAAW is issued then notify about the same to the Department of Home Affairs with the respective commencement and end date.
  • If you are a Secondary Exchange Student you are required to obtain your Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Student form. You are also required to sign and attach the CAAW copy to the student visa application.
  • If you are student of the Defense or Foreign Affairs you have to have an approval of your welfare arrangements from the Minister of the relevant department.


The visa processing time on Student Visa 500 changes based on several factors including the chosen course. It is mandatory to provide the fees alongside the visa application to avoid delay in processing. The table below specifies the time frame required for visa processing.

Visa Type

        Stream (if available)

75% applications are processed in

90% applications are processed in

Student Visa 500

Schools sector

86 days

4 months

Student Visa 500

Non-award sector

46 days

74 days

Student Visa 500

Foreign Affairs and Defense sector

8 days

21 days

Student Visa 500

Post Graduate research sector

81 days

4 months

Student Visa 500

Vocational Training and Education

82 days

4 months

Student Visa 500

Independent ELICOS sector

32 days

76 days

Student Visa 500

Higher Education

39 days

63 days


The cost of the Student Visa 500 starts from 620 Australian dollars and may change based on the enrolled course. Every family member who applies for this visa has to pay an additional charge. You must bear the health checkup costs, and the costs for police verification and the biometrics.


You are allowed to travel to and from Australia numerous times without any hassle as far as your visa is valid. The time that you spend outside Australia does not necessarily change or extend your visa duration. The Visa Label will not be given in your passport. Your visa is linked to your passport digitally.


Knowledge is endless and so is the due process of learning in life. Therefore, it is upto you to embrace all the educational changes with an open mind and also spearhead through all thechallenges that you may encounter during your learning journey. Student Visa Subclass 500 is a stepping stone to your academic journey in Australia.

Do you want to study or Immigrate to Australia or Canada? Contact our Registered Migration Agent of Australia or Immigration Consultant in Brampton today at +1 289 298 1000 or Book Free Consultation.

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