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STUDENT VISA - SUBCLASS 500 - AUSTRALIA

Student Visa, Subclass 500 - Australia

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Student Enrolment 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 time.

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:
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 capacity.

3. Value of the course to the applicant's future - Question 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 cancellations.

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 below:

Student Visa Conditions

Mandatory 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.

Discretionary Conditions - 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 must:
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.

Processing Times - Student Visa

Outlined below are the standard processing times for various types of Student visas, current as at August 2021:

1. Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector
2. Postgraduate Research Sector
3. Non-Award Sector
4. Schools Sector
5. Independent ELICOS Sector
6. Vocational Education and Training Sector
7. Higher Education Sector

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:

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 in Australia.

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 Post-study work.

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 'suitable'.

3. Australian Study requirement - you have met the Australian study requirement in the past 6 months. This visa is granted for 18 months.

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 is granted.

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.

485 Visa - Online Study Outside of Australia during Covid-19

See the new requirements for Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders, who have been impacted by COVID 19:
If you are applying from outside Australia you must hold or have held a Student visa in the past 12 months to apply.

Replacement 485 Visa - Open from mid-2022

Current and previous Subclass 485, Temporary Graduate Visa holders who lost time in Australia due to Covid-19 international travel restrictions will shortly be able to apply for a replacement visa. The Australian Government has announced the replacement visa for graduates who have been disadvantaged due to the pandemic and related travel restrictions.

Applications for the replacement visa will be open from mid-2022. To be eligible, applicants must have been outside of Australia at any time between 1 February 2020 and 1 December 2021, while they held a Temporary Graduate visa.

Biosecurity - Power to cancel Student Visas, in 2021

Powers to cancel visas on biosecurity-related grounds have been expanded from 1 January 2021, to student and temporary work visa holders.

Any decision to cancel a temporary visa on biosecurity grounds will only be made after consideration of factors, such as the seriousness of the breach, the potential impact on Australian business and agriculture, and the individual circumstances of the traveller.

Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visas can return to Australia from 18 February 2022, without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

International students will no longer face a cap on working hours for Hospitality and Tourism jobs

A cap imposed on Internationals Student working hours will be lifted, in the Federal Budget on 11 May 2021, if they are employed in hospitality and tourism, marking a significant change for many who rely on these jobs.

There are around 300,000 students in Australia who face the 40-hour fortnightly limit on their working hours while they are studying, according to government estimates.

However, in a bid to boost the tourism and hospitality sectors, the government is now removing the existing cap for student visa holders employed in these industries following strong industry feedback.

Hospitality and tourism will now also be classified as critical industries alongside other sectors such as agriculture, food processing, health care, disability care and childcare with similar concessions.

Temporary visa holders working in or intending to work in tourism and hospitality will also be able to apply for the 408 COVID-19 Visa up to 90 days before their existing visa expires. This will enable them to remain in Australia for up to 12 additional months.

International students willing to undergo Quarantine to Study in Australia, as at 05 August 2021

While states, territories, and universities have come up with plans to bring students back, nothing can happen as long as the border remains shut to international students. Previously, The Lygon Group head of research Angela Lehmman said, "Students don’t care which level of government makes which decision. They just care about getting on with their future."

Federal government data shows that in May 2021, there were 525,892 international students, which is 17% less than May 2020. A report from the Mitchell Institute found that not having international students in Australia would cost the broader economy nearly 20 billion Australian dollars a year, half its pre-pandemic value.

IDP Connect’s recent survey found that students are willing to quarantine for an on-campus study experience. A whopping 88% of students reported a willingness to quarantine upon arrival in their destination country rather than defer. Of these students, nearly a third were prepared to pay the full costs of quarantining at a government facility themselves, while 44% expected to pay a portion of the fee.

Fully Vaccinated Students can travel to Australia from 15 December 2021

Fully vaccinated international students and eligible visa holders from around the world, as well as tourists from Japan and South Korea will be welcomed back to Australia from 15 December 2021.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said welcoming travellers and temporary visa holders back would further help the tourism industry recover. "These changes are crucially important to Australia as we go through our reopening phase," she said. "We are working on a figure of 200,000, it may well be more than that but we will be actively looking to bring as many people into Australia as soon as we possibly can."

Vaccinated international students with a valid visa will no longer need an exemption to travel to Australia, but they will be subject to the quarantine arrangements of the state/territory they are travelling to. In jurisdictions with quarantine-free travel, international students will not count towards passenger caps. Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said international students would be back at universities early next year.

Wednesday's planned easing of international border restrictions for visa holders has been paused for two weeks, as the government seeks to learn more about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The move, announced on Monday night on advice from Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly, will see Australia's reopening to international skilled and student visa holders, as well as humanitarian, working holiday and provisional family visa holders, delayed until 15 December.

The reopening to travellers from Japan and South Korea will also be paused until 15 December.
"The temporary pause will ensure Australia can gather the information we need to better understand the Omicron variant, including the efficacy of the vaccine, the range of illness, including if it may generate more mild symptoms, and the level of transmission," a government statement said.

On 19 January 2022, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a rebate in visa fees for international students and holidaymakers arriving in the country from 19 January.
This will allow education providers to plan for the return of international students, and for students to arrive in Australia and complete pathway courses prior to the commencement of the 2022 academic year. Under these arrangements, travellers must:

Australia considers study visa flexibility to incentivise students, as at 22 October 2021

The Australian Government is considering doubling the migration points for professional year programs and extending post-study work rights for offshore studies in flexible new study visa options. Government ministers are said to be "genuinely open" to visa reforms and it is expected changes will be put in place before the start of the new year.

Phil Honeywood, CEO of IEAA said the proposals will entitle students completing studies offshore to post-study work rights so "that when they come to Australia they don’t have to do any face-to-face learning, they can get their post study work right based on their entire study abroad". Additionally, proposals would double the migration points for the completion of a professional year program in Australia from five to 10. The programs are now “very popular” among international graduates, Honeywood stated.

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