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Student Guardian Visa Subclass 590 Australia

The Student Guardian Visa Subclass 590 allows a student’s guardian to visit and support the student in Australia.


  • Be a genuine temporary entrant
  • Be a parent, a custodian or a relative
  • Be able to provide for the student
  • Have adequate health insurance
  • Have enough money for your stay
  • Have no debt to the Australian Government
  • If any member of your family unit has not turned 6, you cannot be granted the visa
  • Make welfare arrangements for dependants overseas
  • Meet our character requirement
  • Meet our health requirement
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • You can apply in Australia if you hold a substantive visa


The length of your visa will be determined by the student visa holder’s stay and their age

Processing Time

75% of applications: 5 months
90% of applications: 6 months

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    The Student Guardian Visa Subclass 590 permits the visa holder to stay in Australia as the guardian of an international student who is under 18 and studying in the country on a student visa. The duration of the visa is based on the student’s visa duration or until the student turns 18. Therefore, the applicant can come to Australia and provide support and care for the student visa holder or student visa applicant.

    If you have specific questions or want to know more about eligibility criteria, duration of the visa subclass, or anything related to the subclass 590 visa, contact our student guardian visa agents.

    Eligibility Criteria for Subclass 590

    The applicant must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Student Guardian Visa:

    • The applicant must be the student’s parent, legal guardian, or a relative and above 21 years of age. The applicant must also be supported by a written nomination form from the parent or legal guardian of the student.
    • The candidate must have sufficient finances to support their stay and the student during their time in the country.

    The applicant should arrange accommodation, take care of the general welfare, and provide the required support to the student. In general, these visas are not issued to applicants who have a child under age six. However, the visa holder can get a few exceptions that grant the subclass visa under the following circumstances:

    • If there are some compelling or compassionate reasons to issue the Student Guardian Visa.
    • Granting the visa can benefit the relationship between the Australian government and the government of a different country.

    Any accompanying children should satisfy the same health standards as the applicant and subscribe to appropriate health insurance programs for the length of their stay in the country.

    Children who are aged six years or older can accompany the applicant, provided they make a separate application to secure their own student visa. The applicant must satisfy all the criteria and conditions of the visa as long as they are in the country under the visa stream.

    Why Apply For Student Guardian Visa Subclass 590?

    The subclass 590 is a temporary visa, and the length of the visa is decided based on the course of the student, visa, and age. Importantly, an applicant can be the student guardian for more than one student and choose to study an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) – less than 20 hours per week. The visa holder can also attend short duration training programs that usually last for three months. The visa category allows the applicant to study, but they can’t work.

    The visa holder can travel from Australia and return as many times as they want while their visa is valid. However, the visa holder can only move out with the student visa holder, or alternate arrangements should be made to ensure the student’s welfare. The time spent by the Student Guardian Visa holder outside of Australia doesn’t extend the validity of their visa.

    Other Applicable Conditions of Subclass 590

    If an onshore candidate is applying for this international student guardianship visa, they should have a current substantive temporary visa that should not fall into any of the following visa categories:

    • Domestic worker (Temporary) – Consular or Diplomatic visa subclass 426
    • Temporary Work visa (International Relations) – subclass 403 under the Domestic Worker (Consular or Diplomatic) stream
    • Transit subclass 771 visa
    • Diplomatic visa subclass 995 – only for the primary visa holder. That means a family member of a subclass 995 visa holder can apply for a Student Guardian Visa.
    • Visitor visa subclass 600 that falls under the Approved Destination Status or Sponsored Family stream
    • Substantive temporary visas are generally categorised as any visa type except for a criminal justice visa, bridging visa, or enforcement visa. The visa type allows the holder to stay temporarily in Australia.

    The applicant must get health insurance for the entire period of their visa validity. They can procure it in the home country, in Australia, or by Overseas Visitors Health Cover (OVHC).

    For a 590 subclass visa application, the candidate must meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant Requirement conditions. The immigration department will carefully examine the personal conditions of the applicant in their home country, review their immigration history, check every aspect in connection with their stay in Australia.

    The subclass 590 visa holder is not permitted to leave the country without the consent of the student and the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). If need be, the visa holder will be allowed to leave alone by meeting the following conditions:

    • Compelling or compassionate reasons that demand the visa holder to leave the country without the student; and
    • The visa holder has made arrangements to ensure the support and welfare of the student until their return.

    However, for students under 18 years of age, the alternate arrangement made by the visa holder should be approved by their education provider.

    Even if the student is above 18 years of age but has to be taken care for due to exceptional conditions, the applicant can make the application for a subclass 590 considering the exceptional circumstances.

    The above information about the subclass 590 visa is not intended to be exhaustive, and more eligibility conditions and requirements apply. If you want to get personalised guidance on visa application and processing, feel free to get the assistance of our 590 visa consultants. Our expert visa consultants will help you understand various visa conditions, visa points, additional requirements, and processing an application under the stream.

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    Begin your visa application process with the student guardian visa agents of Southern Stone for error-free filing and quick processing. Our visa consultants have advanced knowledge of regulations of various visa categories and stages of visa processing. They can work with you, help you fill the application, file with DHA, and monitor and update you on our communications with the DHA to ensure a positive visa processing.

    We also offer student visa 500, partner visa, skilled independent visa, subclass 190, employer sponsored visa and more. Call us on 1300 188 999 or use our contact form to schedule a consultation with our 590 visa agent in Melbourne or online. We will make your visa processing hassle-free and ensure quick approval by providing timely responses to the queries and request for additional information by the DHA.

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