Student Visa

Student Visa 500

Student Visa Subclass 500

The Student Visas 500 allows the holder to study within Australia.


  • Be a certain age depending on the year level
  • Be a genuine temporary entrant
  • Be enrolled in a course of study and provide evidence
  • Have adequate health insurance
  • Have enough money for your stay
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
  • If you are in Australia, you must hold an eligible substantive visa
  • Make welfare arrangements if you are under 18 years
  • Meet our character requirement
  • Meet our health requirement
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
  • Provide evidence of your English language skills at the time you submit your visa application
  • Sign the Australian values statement


5 years

Processing Time

Processing times vary depending on education level

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    The Student Visa Subclass 500 permits international students to live in Australia and enrol in educational institutions recognised by the government. This visa type allows the holder to live in the country for the duration of the course for which they have enrolled.

    The subclass 500 visa holder can stay in Australia for a maximum period of five years. If they wish to stay longer than the aforementioned period, they need to apply for a new visa.

    Benefits of Applying for a Student Visa 500 (Australia)

    The Subclass 500 student visa permits holders to:

    • Study and train full-time in Australia.
    • Enter and exit the country as many times as they want till the time their visa is valid. However, the travel must be in line with visa (subclass 500) conditions.
    • Work for up to 40 hours every fortnight once their educational course has begun.
    • Bring their family members along with them to Australia (including their partner and the partner’s dependent child)
    • Travel to and from Australia for five years.

    Visa Requirements For Student Visa Subclass 500

    To be eligible for the subclass 500 visa, the applicant must satisfy all visa conditions established by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). The following are the basic Student Visa requirements.

    • The applicant must enrol or secure an offer letter to undertake a full-time course with an Australian education provider before applying for the subclass 500 visa.
    • The applicant must be a minimum of six years of age.
    • The applicant’s course for enrolment must be included in the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) list.
    • The applicant should be proficient in the English language (unless exempted).
    • The applicant must possess the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their stay in Australia. It is recommended to take the OSHC for the family members too for convenient entry to Australia.
    • The applicant must meet the health and character requirements set by the DHA.
    • The applicant should sign the Australian Value statement, confirming to respect and abide by Australian lifestyle and laws.
    • The applicant must pay back or make arrangements to pay back any money they owe to the Australian government.
    • The applicant should have sufficient funds to cover their entire stay in Australia.
    • To secure the subclass 500 visa, the DHA should be convinced that the candidate meets all the preconditions for applying and perusing the selected course.

    To know more about the set visa conditions or clear your doubts, please get in touch with Migration Agent In Melbourne, a professional student visa immigration agents. Australia’s visa application process can be tedious and challenging to navigate. Please book an appointment with our subclass 500 visa consultants and save yourself the hassle of going through the procedure alone.

    Application Procedure for a Student Visa (Subclass 500)

    The candidate must hold a valid passport to begin the application procedure for the Student Visa (subclass 500). If the candidate doesn’t possess a valid passport, they need to apply for one.

    The next thing is to collect all the relevant documentary evidence required to process the subclass 500 visa. It is essential to ensure that all evidence complements the facts provided in the subclass 500 visa application. The candidate is free to include their partner and partner’s dependent children in the application.

    Once the application is filed, it needs to be submitted to the DHA and the relevant fee. If the Student Visa 500 fees are not paid in full, the application will be rejected. On submission, the DHA will assess the application and communicate the decision made through registered mail. If the application is rejected, the applicant will receive the reason for not approving the application.

    To prevent making mistakes on your application, it is recommended that you hire our student visa immigration agents. Our team includes expert student visa lawyers who can counsel you and provide guidance to secure the subclass 500 visa. Call us on 1300 188 999 to schedule an appointment with our experts.

    What is the Processing Time for Student Visa Subclass 500?

    The processing time of the application depends on the personal profiles and the duration for which the application is made.

    • Processing time for Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector is:
      75% of applications in 3 months
      90% of applications in 5 months
    • Processing time for Postgraduate Research Sector is:
      75% of applications in 6 months
      90% of applications in 9 months
    • Processing time for Non-Award Sector is:
      75% of applications in 8 months
      90% of applications in 13 months
    • Processing time for the School Sector is:
      75% of applications in 6 months
      90% of applications in 7 months
    • Processing time for Higher Education Sector is:
      75% of applications in 62 days
      90% of applications in 6 months

    Speak to the subclass 500 visa consultant at Southern Stone to get more details on processing the visa application. Other than student visa, we also offer guardian visa subclass 590, temporary skill shortage visa 482186 visasubclass 494, and training visa 407

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    The Student Visa (Subclass 500) is subject to many conditions. To understand all the requirements for this visa, get in touch with our student visa agent today. We promise to provide complete details on the student visa requirements to help you achieve a positive outcome for your application.

    Our subclass 500 visa consultant will make your migration journey easy. Our knowledge of the requirements of the Student Visa Subclass 500 makes us capable enough to help you stay and study in Australia. Call us on 1300 188 999 to book an appointment with our experts.


    1. What is a student visa 500?

    The Student Visa 500 allows applicants to come to Australia to study. With this visa, applicants can participate in an eligible course of study, bring family members to Australia along with them, apply online for this visa while in or outside Australia, and work unlimited hours in any sector. To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must be six years or above, and those under 18 years must prove they have a welfare arrangement. There are some temporary changes made to visa work conditions for Students and Working Holiday Makers. To know about these in detail, speak to our student visa lawyer.

    2. How much is the student visa fee?

    The Student Visa 500 costs AUD650 for the principal applicant unless they are exempt. There is an additional charge for every family member applying for this visa and the primary applicant. All students who couldn’t complete their course within their original student visa validity because of COVID-19 and may require to apply for another student visa to complete their study may get a fee waiver. Candidates may also have to pay for other costs like health checks, police certificates and biometrics. To know more about the student visa 500 fees, contact our consultants.

    3. What are the requirements for an Australian student visa?

    To apply for the Australian Student Visa, you must be of a certain age, be enrolled in the course of study and provide evidence, make welfare arrangements if you are below 18 years, meet English language requirements, have adequate health insurance, have enough money to stay in the country, be a genuine temporary entrant, meet character and health requirements, and more. To know more about each requirement in detail, speak to our experts. Our student visa immigration agent will give you details on the requirements for this visa, study your case and offer an honest opinion on your chances of securing this visa.

    4. How long does it take to get a student visa?

    The processing time for the Subclass 500 visa depends on the candidate’s education level. For example, for the school sector, 25% of applications are processed in 14 days, 50% of applications in 29 days, 75% of applications in 70 days and 90% of applications in 4 months. Whereas, for the higher education sector, 25% of applications are processed in 16 days, 50% of applications in 29 days, 75% of applications in 57 days and 90% of applications in 7 months. To know the exact processing time for your student visa, speak to our student visa lawyers. They will analyse your education level and provide an estimated processing time.

    5. What is the age limit for an Australian student visa?

    The age requirement is 6 years and above for school students who aren’t participating in a secondary school student exchange program. There is an age limit set for secondary school students as well. All students beginning year 9 must be less than 17 years, students starting year 10 must be less than 18 years, students beginning year 11 must be less than 19 years and students starting year 12 must be less than 20 years. If you meet these age criteria, you may apply for the Student Visa 500. Remember, when you submit your application, you must submit proof of enrolment in the course of study.

    6. What is the easiest student visa to get?

    Securing the Student Visa Subclass 500 is easy when you meet the set financial, English proficiency, health, and character requirements. It is best to apply for a student visa at least 6 to 8 weeks before your course begins. You must collect all the documents before submitting your application. Once you have your documents ready, you must apply for the visa. Ensure to fill in all the details in the application form to avoid processing delays. After submitting your application, wait for a decision to be made. The Department will send you in writing about the decision they have made. When the student visa is granted, the authorities will share your visa grant number, your visa expiry date, and your visa conditions.

    7. How do I qualify for a student visa?

    To qualify for a student visa, you must be of a certain age, enrol yourself in the course of study and provide evidence, make welfare arrangements if you are under 18, meet English language requirements, have adequate health insurance, be on an eligible substantive visa if you are applying for a student visa from within Australia, have enough money to support your stay, be a genuine temporary entrant, meet the character and health requirements set, agree to sign the Australian values statement, pay back any debt you owe to the Australian government, and not have a history of rejected or cancelled visa application. If you want to know these requirements in detail, speak to our student visa immigration agents.

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