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Australian Student Visa: Student Visa Requirements, Visa Fees and Procedure to Apply

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Why Choose Australia?

Australia is a popular destination for International students aiming for excellent educational opportunities. What attracts international students to Australia is that it provides a terrific learning environment. There are numerous reasons to choose Australia for your higher education.

State of the art facilities

Globally accredited courses

Multicultural learning space

Value For Money

Part-Time Work

Great Lifestyle

Industry Demand

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Studying in Australia has become a goal for many International students. It is an attractive destination for learning and finding lucrative job opportunities. Such is the reputation of Australia for higher studies that each year the number of students applying for a visa to study there have been increasing exponentially.

You can seek assistance from registered migration agents who are qualified to assist you on your visa application, Edulyte has partnership with experienced migration agents in Australia to help our students in need. Edulyte, with its roots in Australia is the best choice to consider for guidance on choosing the perfect course and university.

The fact that the medium of instruction is English also helps students. This motivates them to improve their language proficiency. Australian universities figure among the top 100 universities across the world and a degree holder from any of the Australian universities will find great employment opportunities anywhere in the world.

The range of subjects being offered are mind boggling and Australian universities offer courses for every field which has a demand across the globe. An Australian degree is a great asset in the job market. The standard of education is high and the tuition fee is low compared to other popular destinations like the US and the UK.

The Student Visa (Subclass 500)

Australia has made it easier to apply for a student visa which allows upto 5 years of stay in Australia depending on the duration and level of your course. This visa can be granted for different levels of education that a student can pursue in Australia. 

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Education Types and Levels

  • Higher education
  • Postgraduate studies
  • Secondary school exchange program
  • International students being sponsored by Department of Home Affairs
  • Students pursuing English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Non-award courses

What is permissible with the Student Visa Subclass 500?

  • You can stay in Australia for the entire duration of your course
  • The course must be full time from a recognised educational institution
  • Per fortnight you can work for a maximum of 40 hours when your course is in session. Government recently allowed unlimited hours of work due to Covid 19, however you should focus on your studies to get maximum benefit.
  • Bring family members(dependents)to Australia with you.


Post degree completion work options


After completing the degree program, Australia allows work under Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa. It allows you to work from 2-4 years to gain international work experience.

Graduate Work Stream is also offered if you  have acquired skills for an occupation that is covered under the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).This visa allows one to work for 18 months. Needless to say, rules and regulations keep changing hence its advisable to check the DHA website or get in touch with a qualified migration agent, Edulyte has partnered with experienced migration consultants to help our students.


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What are the Entry Requirements?

To ensure that you as a student can make the most of the Australian education, there are certain factors that will aid you in documentation. 

You are expected to furnish documents at the time of visa application for Australia. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA), Australian Government, administers the Visa processes. 

To ensure that you as a student can make the most of the Australian education, there are certain factors that will aid you in documentation. You are expected to furnish documents at the time of visa application for Australia. Department of Home Affairs (DHA), Australian Government, administers the Visa processes. 

Firstly, you need to meet the enrolment requirements of your chosen educational institution or university, then the requirements set by the DHA. We have a helpful guide on the Australian Education System here.


Let’s get to know about common entry requirements;

Proficiency in English


English is the medium of instruction in Australian universities which is a positive point for Indian students. A student intending to study there is expected to supply results of English language tests that are recognised in Australia. If you don’t have a valid test result or you are struggling to get a desired score in your IELTS / PTE or any English Language test, discuss this with our experts.

The language proficiency expected can vary depending on the course you would like to apply for. All universities list their requirements pertaining to English Language proficiency.

Which English language test to attempt to study in Australia?

It can vary depending on the course and the university you are applying to. The widely accepted English language tests for international students are:

  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE),
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS),
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
  • Cambridge English: Advanced and Occupational English Test (OET)

Check the website of the university / college you wish to study in, to find out which test results are being accepted there. Edulyte also offers IELTS preparation classes to enable students to get a 7+ band. Check out our IELTS courses which can be personalised as per your requirements. 


Academic Qualifications

Reading the course description and the university’s requirements of the course you are interested in pursuing is important. Guidance might be necessary here from consultants like Edulyte, to determine what exactly is expected from an applicant.

Undergraduate Courses: a qualification at par with Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12) or an overseas qualification equivalent to it. Some courses also demand a certain set of prerequisite subjects (subjects taken up in senior classes in school).

Postgraduate Courses: academic transcript of your bachelor degree is required for master level courses. Also, the university / institution might consider research / work experience.

Note: Intensive Bridging courses are available at higher education institutions that can help meet entry requirements equivalent to Australian high school qualification.


Genuine Temporary Entrant Statement

What is a GTE?

If you are applying for a student visa then you must prepare a Genuine Temporary Entrant statement. It means that you have to submit in writing (in English) that you wish to go to Australia for the sole purpose of education and your stay is temporary. You should also supply evidence to support your GTE statement. They can be added in the application form or as an attached document and may include:

  • Previous study records
  • Certification regarding completion of previous course / courses
  • Evidence of family ties, financial status, investments / gains etc.
  • Details about your employer, office address, details of your position, salary, in case you are employed.
  • Income tax return, bank statements


Health Insurance

Is Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC) important?

Australia insists that as an international student, you purchase one. It will help in case of any medical expenses that a student will face there. Payment of prescription medicines will be covered under it. Also it entitles you to an ambulance in case of an emergency. Purchase it before applying for a visa. Also, ensure that it covers the duration of your study period in Australia. Edulyte experts can also help you in choosing the most suitable OHSC.

What are the Visa Requirements?

The student visa requirements depend on the course you wish to pursue in Australia, country you are applying from and your personal circumstances. When applying for a student visa to study in Australia, it is imperative for you to furnish certain documents.

Here is a common checklist, you should talk to Edulyte Study in Australia experts or migration agent to get your personalised checklist or directly get in touch with DHA.

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Commonly asked documents which you need to submit when applying for Australian Student Visa

  • *Electronic Confirmation of Enrollment Certificate (eCoE) which confirms your enrollment in an Australian university.
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant statement.
  • Financial documents to prove you can support your airfare, course fee, living expenditure, etc.
  • English language test results.
  • Documentation of Overseas Student Health Cover.
  • Character certificate.
  • A valid passport.
  • Proof of visa fees payment.
  • Employment history, if applicable
  • Passport size photographs.
  • Evidence of school enrolment for dependents in Australia, if applicable

*Note: The course you choose must be registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses (CRICOS).


How can Edulyte team help?

Certified Consultants

Edulyte has certified education agents dedicated to helping you in choosing the right courses and colleges.


We can help you with a personlised checklist on documentation

Referral Services

We have partnered with service providers to make your journey easier.

Onshore team

Our Study in Australia team is based in Adelaide, Australia. They can be of great help in need.

What is the cost for a student visa for Australia?

At the time of writing this content, the approximate cost for applying for a student visa for Australia for an Indian student is from AUD630, unless exempted. Remember the actual cost will depend on the number of applicants, your country of residence, currency exchange rate and bank fees.

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How to apply for a visa to study and work in Australia?


As an International / Indian student aiming to study and work in Australia, you may apply for a Student visa (subclass 500) for Australia. 

  • Organise the documents mentioned above and anything else asked by the department of home affairs
  • Apply for the visa online, before 6 weeks of the commencement of course.
  • You will be notified by the authorities that they have received your visa application.
  • You will receive notification regarding the result of your application.

You can apply directly for an Australian student visa. But, figuring out the right course and university that fits your requirements and budget is an immensely difficult and tedious tasks for students. Also, without the appropriate guidance the chances of visa rejection increases.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

What is the enrollment process for Australian universities?

Each university / educational institution has its own set of requirements. The procedure for enrollment can also vary. Instead of struggling to find out about the top courses and universities in Australia, get in touch with Edulyte to assist you regarding all your queries about studying in Australia.

What is the scope of the Subclass 500 student visa?

A visa provided for the benefit of international students, it covers: 

  • Your stay for the entire duration of your course is guaranteed
  • The course must be full time from a recognised educational institution
  • Per fortnight you can work for a maximum of 40 hours.
  • Bring family members(dependents)to Australia with you.

Can I be eligible for a Permanent Residency with a student visa?

No. Australian rules are very stringent regarding this. If you wish to gain a permanent residency in Australia, you will have to apply for a permanent skilled work visa. You can get in touch with our team to discuss your circumstances, we have partnered with Registered Migration Agents to help our clients.

Can I change my course after receiving the visa?

You are advised not to. You cannot change your course/ research topic without prior permission from the concerned Australian authorities.

How can Edulyte help me regarding my aim to study in Australia?

Edulyte, with its team of certified education agents, will not only help you make informed choices about the subject to study and the university to apply to in Australia but also take care of the documentation required for your enrollment and visa application.

What is the validity of an Australian student visa?

A student visa is valid for upto 5 years. If your course is of a shorter duration, your visa will be valid for the duration of your education. In specific cases, you might be eligible for receiving a visa extension. For further clarity, just leave us a message.

What is the waiting period regarding the status of my Australian Student Visa?

The processing time can vary depending on the course being applied for in Australia for studies. It usually takes between 29-40 days or longer if DHA has queries on your application. You will be notified regarding the result of your visa application.

Will I be allowed to work in Australia while studying?

Definitely! That is the beauty of the subclass 500 visas that are issued to international students in Australia! This visa allows you to work for 40 hours per fortnight. During the scheduled vacations, you can work full time. Masters and Doctorate degree students are given the benefit to  work full time throughout the year.

How much fee will your company charge? Can I talk to your expert?

Edulyte has partnership with institutions in Australia, we don’t charge any consultancy fee from students. Any tuition fee will be paid directly to the concerned institution / university. We ask students and parents to take informed decisions by empowering them with information and updates. 

Send an email to or fill out this form, we will set up a free appointment with our helpful Study in Australia expert.

I have family member/s dependent on me. Can I bring them to Australia on my student visa?

Australian rules allow the following dependent to accompany you on your student visa:

  • A partner
  • A dependent child under 18 years of age ( it includes partner’s children as well)

What is the minimum qualification required to study in Australia?

Each institution has its own criteria and requirements regarding admission to a course. We suggest you get in touch with Edulyte to help you regarding this as a team of experts will provide you with the right counselling regarding which university and course would be ideal for you.

Do I have to appear for an interview to get my student visa?

Yes, at some point your educational institution, education agent or a representative from The Department of Home Affairs, Australian Government will take your interview. 


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