STUDENT VISA - SUBCLASS 500 - AUSTRALIA
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Australian Lawyers and Migration Agents - Student Visa Advice
Our Australian Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents are
experienced and ethical. We can assist clients in our offices in Brisbane, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, UK and Lisbon, Portugal.
In addition, our Australian qualified Lawyers can advise clients worldwide, with a fast and efficient Consultation by telephone or
Zoom Video call, where they advise you about:
- Visa eligibility assessment
- Information about the visa process
- Assistance with Student course enrolment at an Australian Educational
- Advice regarding how to accept a Letter of Offer and obtaina COnfirmation of
- Advice regarding payment of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) fee
- Advice regarding supporting documents including: Qualification certificates,
CV, Work references and Identification
- Advice regarding Financial requirement, and evidence of funds
- Assistance with Genuine Temporary Entrant Statement
- Advice regarding how to sit an English language test and required score
- Advice regarding how to apply for Police Clearance certificates
- Preparation of Medical examination and Chest x ray referral letter and advice
where to undergo health checks
- Visa Processing time guidance
- Information about the Government Visa Application fee and Migration Agent /
Lawyers fees for complete visa application assistance
Contact VisaConnect's Australian Immigration Lawyers and
Migration Agents in 2023 for advice and assistance with your Student visa, Subclass
Student Enrolment Assistance
- VisaConnect's Advisers are qualified Education Agents
(Counsellors), who can assist you with your study options in Australia. We help
you to select a course based on your preferences for location, such as Sydney
or Brisbane, Type of course e.g. Engineering at Bachelors level, English
language ability, Educational background and Financial capacity.
- We assist you with the Student course enrolment application
forms and find you accommodation in student housing, homestay or private
- For more information and assistance with your Student course
enrolment, read about our Education Agent service: Education Agent Assistance
Subclass 500 - Student Visa
The Student visa allows students to travel to Australia and study
full time at recognised Educational Institutions, in Australia, and work part
Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)
Personal Statement regarding GTE
- Applicant's must provide a personal statement in English addressing the GTE requirement.
If you are not comfortable writing it in English, you can write your statement in your own language and submit a translated copy with your application. You can provide further details of
the written statement in the application form or attach a separate document with supporting documents.
The Personal Statement should provide evidence or information about the following:
- Previous Study
- Gap in Previous Study
- Current Employment
- Ties to Home Country or Country of Residence
- Economic situation in home country or country of residence
- Employment in a third country
The Australian Educational Institution and the Department of Home
Affairs must be satisfied that the student is a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE).
Factors considered to determine if the student is a GTE are:
1. Circumstances in home country (or country of residence)
Reasons why the student has decided not to study in their home country if a similar
course is available there. Details of ties to their home country that indicate an
intention to return at the end of their studies, economic circumstances, military
service commitments, and political and civil unrest in home country.
2. Potential circumstances in Australia
- Ties and links to
Australia which would indicate a strong incentive to stay in Australia after
completion of the course, knowledge of proposed course of study and education
provider, previous study and qualifications, planned accommodation and financial
3. Value of the course to the applicant's future
is whether the course is consistent with the applicant's current level of
education, relevance to past or proposed future employment in home country or
elsewhere, and expected remuneration in home country or elsewhere, which could be
gained from undertaking the course of study, in Australia.
4. The applicant's immigration history
- History of previous
visa applications to Australia and other countries including visa refusals and
5. If the applicant is a minor
- Intentions of the parents,
legal guardian or spouse of the applicant.
Student Visa Eligibility
As well as providing evidence that the applicant is a Genuine
Temporary Entrant, the applicant must also meet the eligibility criteria
- Enrolment - You must be enrolled in a recognised course
and include your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) from the Australian
Educational Institution, for each intended course.
- English Language ability - You must provide evidence of
English language ability, such as an IELTS test results.
- English Exemption - No evidence of English ability is
needed if they have enrolled in a standalone English Language Intensive Course
for Overseas Students (ELICOS) or have completed at least five years
study in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada,
New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland, or is a citizen of UK,
USA, Canada, NZ or Ireland, or have completed a Secondary School certificate or
Certificate IV in Australia.
- Financial requirements - the student applicant needs to
show evidence that they have enough funds available to pay for their course
fees, travel and living costs and support any accompanying family.
- Health and Character - You must meet health and
character requirements and maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Student Visa Conditions
- These conditions are attached to all
student visas. For example, you must not work, you must have a satisfactory
academic result, attend contact hours and maintain health insurance.
- These conditions may be attached
to a student visa depending on the circumstances. For example, if you are granted
permission to work - then the condition will state, 'you must not work more than 20
hours a week during your course session'.
Students who work more than 40 hours per fortnight in certain Sectors
- maintain their course enrolment
- ensure satisfactory course attendance, and
- ensure satisfactory course progress
Student visa, Subclass 500 holders who cancel their enrolment and stop attending classes, or fail to meet satisfactory course progress, may be in breach of their visa conditions. Visa holders who are working
or have an offer of employment in one of the sectors above, and have finished their course, may be eligible for a COVID-19 Pandemic, Subclass 408 visa.
Allowances for Student Visa Holders
The Student Visa is a temporary visa, which allows for study up to 5 years. Once an Applicant has an Approved Student visa, they can do the following:
- Join an eligible course of study in Australia
- Travel in and out of Australia, with mutiple entry
- Work up to 40 hours every 2-week period, once your course starts
- Work additional hours in certain sectors, including work for: Aged care Approved Provider, National Disability Insurance Scheme, Working in a health care related
course and you are supporting the health effort against COVID-19, Agriculture sector, Tourism and hospitality sector, Working in a supermarket, or associated distribution facility, located in
an area impacted by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Note that these additional hours are temporary measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be reviewed by the Government.
Student Guardian 590 Visa
The Student Guardian visa allows a guardian, such as a parent of an
international student, to stay in Australia while the student is studying a course
- Student Guardian means a relative of the Applicant who is
traveling to Australia to provide care and support for a student visa holder
under 18 years.
- Student Guardian must be over 21 years of age and of good
- Student Guardian must meet health and financial
- Student Guardian accompanies a student under 18 years of
- Guardian must live with the student and the Guardian cannot
- Guardian must meet the financial requirement, and provide
evidence of funds to support yourself, and the student.
Temporary Graduate - 485 Visa
The Temporary Graduate visa is intended for recent graduates from
an Australian educational institution. The visa has 2 streams - Graduate Work and
Graduate Work stream
1. Nominate an Occupation
- nominate a skilled occupation
from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
2. Skills Assessment
- you have applied for a skills
assessment in your nominated occupation, and your skills have been assessed as
3. Australian Study requirement
- you have met the
Australian study requirement in the past 6 months. This visa is granted for 18
4. Australian Qualification
- your degree, diploma or trade
qualification is closely related to your nominated occupation.
5. Visa duration
- visa is valid for 18 months from date it
Post-Study Work stream
This stream is for international students who graduate with a
higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their
field of study. The visa can be granted for up to 4 years.
Office Address and Telephone - VisaConnect Australia
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