Visa Assistance

Student Visa

About this visa

    With this visa you can

  • Participate in an eligible course of study in Australia
  • Travel in and out of Australia
  • Work up to 40 hours every 2-week period once your course starts

Eligibility

Be a certain age (school student)

    If you are a school student (but not participating in a secondary school student exchange program), you must be aged 6 or older to apply for this visa. You must also be:

  • less than 17 years old when you begin Year 9
  • less than 18 years old when you begin Year 10
  • less than 19 years old when you begin Year 11
  • less than 20 years old when you begin Year 12

Be enrolled in a course of study and provide evidence

You must include evidence of enrolment in study with your student visa application, or your application will not be valid and cannot be processed.

Providing a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)

You must be enrolled in a full time course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Applying outside Australia: provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for each course of study with your visa application.

Applying inside Australia: You must be enrolled in a full time course before we grant your visa.

Packaged courses and CoEs

If you are applying for more than 1 course in your student visa application you must include all CoE codes in the application form or your visa period may only consider the duration of the course according to the the CoE provided.

You can apply to take 2 or more courses on your Student visa where one course clearly leads to the next. Course gaps must be less than two calendar months, unless the first course finishes at the end of the standard academic year and the next course commences at the beginning of the standard academic year.

If you are applying for more than 1 course in your student visa application you must include all CoE codes in the application form or your visa may only cover the CoE provided.

Other evidence of enrolment

    You do not need to provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) if you are:

  • enrolled in a full-time course of study or training under a scholarship scheme approved by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: provide a letter of support
  • sponsored by the Australian Department of Defence: provide a letter of support
  • a secondary exchange student: provide an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Student (AASES) form
  • a postgraduate research student who needs to stay in Australia while your thesis is marked: provide a letter from your education provider

Have enough money for your stay

You must have enough money to pay for your stay in Australia.

We might ask you to provide evidence when you apply or while we are processing your application, including evidence you have access to the money.

Make welfare arrangements if you are under 18 years

If you are applying for a student visa and you are under 18 years of age, you must have adequate welfare arrangements in place while you are in Australia..

If you will be 18 years of age when you arrive in Australia, you must tell us as you might not need to provide some of this information.

Meet English language requirements

    You might need to provide evidence of your English language skills at the time you submit your visa application.

    If you need to provide evidence of your English language skill, you must provide evidence that you:

  • Have obtained a certain test score in an English language test that the Department has approved
  • Have completed certain eligible studies in English, or
  • Fall into an exemption category

English Language Tests

The table below shows the English language test providers and the minimum scores you must achieve to meet the Student visa English language requirement.

You must have taken the English language test in the 2 years before you apply for a student visa.

English language test providers Minimum score Minimum score and at least 10 weeks English Language
Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5 5
TOEFL internet-based test 46 35
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 162 154
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 42 36
Occupational English Test B for each test component N/A

English language evidence exemptions

You do not need to provide evidence of an English test score with your visa application if one of the following applies:

  • you are a citizen and hold a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland
  • you are an applicant who is a Foreign Affairs or, Defence sponsored student or a Secondary Exchange student (AASES)
  • you are enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), or a registered post-graduate research course
  • you 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
  • in the two years before applying for the student visa, you completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while you held a student visa.
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