Australia Student Visa: Types, Requirements, Cost, Processing Time & Rejection Reasons

Australian Student Visa

To study in Australia, you must first get an Australian student visa. For which student will need to fill out a visa application form, pay a visa application fee of 630 UD (~34,313 INR), and attend an interview. Prior to applying for a visa, the applicant must obtain a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) or a Letter of Offer confirming your acceptance into a program listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses.

Among the various subclasses of Australia student visa, you are required to apply for a specific subclass depending on your age, type of program, and duration of stay. In most cases, international students pursuing higher education in Australia apply for the Australian Student Visa Subclass 500 is required (regardless of the field of study opted). 

Some of the important points to know when applying for an Australian University and acquiring a student Visa are:

  • You can make online applications through ImmiAccount.
  • The application fee is around 630 AUD (34,500 INR) for subclass 500.
  • The funds required as proof for a single student are 62,222 AUD (34.10 lakhs INR). 

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Australian Student Visa (Subclass 500)

The student subclass 500 visa came into effect in July 2016. It covers the complete duration of your study program and lets you stay in Australia for up to five years and is in line with your enrollment date. The base application charge for an Australian Visa is 620 AUD (~34,311 INR). Some of the perks of obtaining this student visa include being able to bring a family member to Australia, participate in an eligible course of study, and apply online in or outside of Australia for the choice of program. 

To get the subclass 500 student visa, international students must:

  • Enrolled in a full-time on-campus program in Australia
  • Have an OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) or fall in either of the exempt categories.
  • Must be of the minimum age of 6
  • Have proof of welfare arrangement, if you are less than 18 years old. 

Australian Visa Types

Types Applicable for
Student Visa (subclass 500) Up to 5 years
Visitor Visa (subclass 600, 601, 651) For maximum of 3 months of study
Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417 and 462) For maximum of 4 months of study
Student Guardian Visa (subclass 590) For guardian with the  international student in Australia and 3 months’ study or ELICOS course for 20 hours per week for the duration of visa
Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) For students completing Australian education to stay and gain work experience for 18 months to 4 years.
Training Visa (subclass 407) For people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to participate in occupational training or professional development

Australian Student Visa Eligibility

As an international student willing to study in Australia, you must ensure that you fulfill the following requirements for study visa in Australia:

Enroll in a course of study and Provide Evidence

Your Australian student visa application must consist of evidence of enrollment, which is often available in one of the following forms:

  • CoE or Confirmation of Enrollment- Offered to students accepted for full-time courses registered on CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students).
  • Packaged courses & CoEs: When applying for more than one course, your visa application must consist of all the CoE codes or else your student visa will only cover the period of stay for the specified CoE. 
    • You can apply for two or more courses, where one course leads to another. The gap between the commencement of the two courses should not exceed more than two months. An exception on the gap period is given when the first course ends by the end of the academic year and the following course begins with the start of the upcoming academic year.
  • Letter of Support: If accepted to a full-time study or training which is funded by the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade scholarship schemes, you can provide your letter of support as evidence of enrollment.
    • Similarly, if you are funded by the Australian Department of Defense, you can apply for a student visa with your letter of support. 
  •  Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES): Students planning an exchange degree from Australia can submit this along with the application.
  • Letter from Educator: Required by PG students who need to stay in Australia while the thesis is being marked will have to submit a letter from the educator verifying the same. 

Be a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)

You will be required to write a GTE statement, preferably in English. If the statement is written in another language, a translated copy will be required. GTE statement is assessed to identify students who wish to apply for the student visa for reasons other than education, such as getting or maintaining ongoing residency in Australia. Hence, having a good and genuine GTE statement is of utmost importance.

The GTE statement must consist of the following evidence or information:

  • Previous Study: Academic transcripts, education provider name, duration of study, and certificate attained.
  • Gap in Study- Reasons addressing any gap in the previous education. 
  • Current Employment- Current employer, firm’s address, job designation, duration of employment, and referrals contact details.
  • Ties to Home Country- Describe your intent to return to home country through significant family, financial, and social ties.
  • Economic Situation in Home Country- Income tax return or bank statements, potential employment offers, and documents representing details of business or employment for 12 months, prior to making the application. 
  • Employment in Third Country- Potential employment offers with payscale details and other incentives. 

Have adequate Health Insurance

The visa applicant along with their family must have and maintain OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover). You can obtain an OSHC by finding an approved insurance provider in Australia and pay for your opted policy. For any member of the family joining you after you arrive in Australia, OSHC must be represented to the immigration department. This should cover your health for the complete duration for which you wish to stay in Australia. 

  • Minimum cover for singles is 430 AUD/year
  • Minimum cover for couples is 2680 AUD/year
  • Minimum cover for a family is 4000 AUD/year

English Language Requirements

Applicants who are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency can submit certain test scores approved by the department. Detailed below are the minimum test score requirements for various ELP exams approved by the department.

Exam Minimum Score Minimum Score for at least 10 weeks ELICOS Minimum Score for at least 20 weeks ELICOS
IELTS 5.5 5 4.5
TOEFL-iBT 46 35 32
CAE 162 154 147
PTE 42 36 30
Occupational English Test B for each test component NA NA

*ELICOS- English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students

Have enough Money for your Stay

You are required to present financial proof ensuring that you have enough money to stay in Australia. The expenses required vary depending on the stay duration, program opted, and more. You are required to have enough money to cover your cost of living, course, and overall travel expenses. The documents you can provide include:

  • Money deposits at a financial institution
  • loans or other financial support documents
  • Scholarships to study in Australia or similar financial support documents
  • You have to present proof of an overall income of 62,222 AUD in 12 months immediately prior to making visa application.
    • If you bring family members the costs to be reflected are 72,592 AUD.
  • Plan on the expenses required: These will include the cost of living and the tuition fees & related academic fee for courses
    • Bachelors program costs- 27,390 AUD to 61,632 AUD (~14.88 lakhs- 33.48 lakhs)
    • Masters program costs- 30,138 AUD to 68,490 AUD. (~16.37 lakhs- 37.21 lakhs)
    • Cost of living for a single student- 21,041 AUD/year (11.43 lakhs). If accompanied by a partner additional 7362 AUD(4.0 lakhs) and for a child additional 3,152 AUD(1.71 lakhs) is required. 

Note: The cost of the program and living mentioned are approximations. Each applicant has to ensure the exact funds required for making visa applications. 

Meet Character Requirements

If you are 16 years old or more, you need to fulfill character requirements for an Australian student visa. To fulfill the requirements, while making applications you must:

  • Provide a complete declaration of criminal conduct you have been engaged in.
  • Provide true answers to the questions asked
  • Provide the complete information requested Ministry of Home Affairs. 

The Home Affairs may ask you for additional documents after you have applied. These are:

  • Police certificate
  • Form 80 personal particulars for character assessment
  • Character statutory declaration
  • Letter of conduct from an employer
  • Military certificate.

Meet Health Requirements

To meet the health requirements you must be free from any disease that can threaten public health, cost major healthcare and community service, or can place a demand on community services or healthcare services that are in short supply.

Sign the Australian Values Statement

The statement confirms that the student visa applicant will abide by and respect Australian laws. You are also required to have read Life in Australia booklet. Mentioned below are the details of the documents required when applying for an Australian student visa: 

  • Passport/ Birth Certificate
  • CoE (Confirmation of Enrollment)/ Offer Letter
  • OSHC (Overseas Health Cover)/ Insurance
  • Evidence of Financial Capacity for 12 months stay and return airfare (Minimum $20,000 excluding Tuition costs)
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Proof
  • English Language Test Scores: Some exemptions are available for students completing 5 years of study in the following countries:
    • UK
    • USA
    • Canada
    • New Zealand
    • South Africa
    • Republic of Ireland
  • Other exemptions: Students from New Zealand studying at Australian Universities do not require a student visa. Study cost is equivalent to that of domestic students for New Zealanders. Foreign students coming from Belgium or Norway are not obliged to buy the Overseas Student Health Cover.

New Rules for Australia Study Visa Requirements in 2023

  • International students in Australia cannot change their courses under a new law unless with the Minister’s approval.
  • The government will now consider all online educational classes that were taken outside Australia due to COVID-19 as a part of the Australian Study Requirement for existing and newly admitted students.
  • International students can further apply for a student visa, free of application charge, if they cannot complete their registered course from an Australian university within the visa validity because of this pandemic.
  • Graduates who had a student visa are now eligible to apply for a Post-study work visa if they are outside Australia and cannot enter the country because of travel restrictions.
  • The government is also taking care of students' financial hardships who are stuck in Australia for longer than 12 months because of COVID-19. The government is allowing the students to access their Australian superannuation (FUNDS) before time.

Australia Student Visa Process

International applicants must apply for their Australian student visa at least 6 months before the course begins. Let us now brief the overall process involved in getting your student visa to study with Australian universities

Step 1: Before You Apply

  • Organize your health exams
  • Get help with your visa application
  • Get a valid passport

Step 2: Documents required for Australian student visa:

  • Proof of Identity
  • CoE, letter of acceptance and support
  • Evidence of having enough money to stay
  • Provide evidence of having genuine access to the money
  • Evidence that you are exempted from paying visa application charge, if applicable
  • Evidence of OSHC
  • GTE documents
  • Partner documents, if valid.
  • Documents for dependents and children, if applicable.
  • Find out specific documents required with this Document Checklist Tool

Step 3: Where to Apply for Visa

  • Apply online for the Australian Student visa by:
    • Create a login for ImmiAccount
    • Attach required documents
    • Pay Visa application fees
    • Australian student visa fees can be paid via MasterCard (including Debit MasterCard), VISA (including VISA Debit Card), American Express, Diners Club, JCB, China Union Pay, Prepaid credit cards, PayPal, and BPAY. 

Step 4: After You Apply

After Completing your applications you must complete the following through ImmiAccount:

  • Provide Biometrics
  • Get health examinations and medical referral letters
  • Provide additional information required
  • Abide by the law

Step 5: Visa Outcome

The decision on your Australian student visa application will be sent to you in writing. If you are accepted, the letter will consist of your visa grant number, the date on which visa expires, and conditions on your student visa.   

After obtaining the Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) from an Australian University, arrange for finances and other documents. Apply for Australian Student Visa by following the below-given steps:

  • Submit documents and pay $413, basic Student Visa Fee
  • Create ImmiAccount on or download in pdf format for offline application.
  • Attach the above-mentioned documents; maximum 60 files/ person of up to 5 MB
  • Fill and Submit the final application

Australian Student Visa Processing Time

Usually, the student visa for Australia is processed within a month, however, the maximum time it could take is 10 months. However, Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) streamlines the visa processing time. Processing Time for Student Visa is:

Stream 75% processing 90% processing
Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector 45 days 76 days
Postgraduate Research Sector 3 months 6 months
Independent ELICOS Sector 4 months 9 months
Vocational Education and Training Sector 6 months 10 months
Higher Education Sector 44 days 6 months

NOTE- To apply for Student Visa Extension in Australia use ImmiAccount and choose the visa extension option from any of the available options.

90% of the visas are processed in 5 Months. However, your visa may take longer to process if:

  • information required for your application is incomplete or missing
  • your application is complex.

Work as an International Student in Australia

Most of the Australian Student Visas allow international students to work while they are learning. With subclass 500 visa students are allowed to work for work up to 40 hours every 2-week period once your course starts. You can work part-time on-campus or off-campus depending on your college/university regulations.  

Australia is a great place to work-while studying. Here is why:

  • Workplace protection offered to international students is the same as that offered to any Australian.
  • Irrespective of your job you will be offered a minimum wage pay rate on an hourly basis as per the guidelines of the Australian Government. 
  • Strong support is offered to international student workers by both education institutes, as well as government and private organizations. 

In case planning for holiday work, you can work for unlimited hours with an Australian student visa subclass 500.

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Australian Student Visa Acceptance Rate

Australia's student visa success rate fell from a high of 405,742 in 2018-19 to 232,750 in 2020-21, and has now reached 56% of pre-pandemic levels with 228,150 visas granted a year to date in 2021-22. Student Visa Australia Acceptance Rate for various sectors of education in Australia is:

  • Higher Education: 23.3%
  • Vocational and Educational Training: 18.9%
  • Postgraduate Research Sector: 11.8%
  • ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students): 82.8%

The chances of your visa application being accepted a highly dependent on a few factors- visa rejection history, the trueness of the information provided, financial ability, language proficiency, and complete documentation. Lack of any of these can result in denial of an Australian Student Visa. 

Australian Student Visa Reasons for Rejection

Australia welcomes international students to its universities with open arms, however, there are higher chances of student visa rejections. Some of the reasons for Australian Student Visa Rejection are:

  • Incorrect/ Incomplete Documents
  • Choosing a course unrelated to previous academic studies
  • Inability to support tuition, living and other costs in Australia
  • Incompetency in English Language Proficiency
  • Health issues
  • Inability to explain yourself as GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant)
  • Criminal records (if any)
  • Failure to meet academic requirements
  • Intentions of not leaving the country

To conclude, it can be said that for obtaining a study visa for Australia you need to make sure that you tick off each and every minute detail for eligibility and requirements. Consider your student visa application as one of the most important aspects of your ticket to studying in Australia. Fulfillment of all parameters and focusing on the correctness of the documents will enhance your chances of receiving the awaited documents.


Ques. How can I get a student visa in Australia?

Ans.To get an Australian student visa, you need to follow the steps below:

  • Choose a course and institution and receive a confirmation of enrollment (CoE)
  • Create an account on the Department of Home Affairs website and fill out the online application form
  • Provide required documents such as passport, CoE, English language proficiency test results, and financial evidence
  • Pay the visa application fee and submit the application
  • Attend an appointment to provide biometrics (if required)
  • Wait for the visa to be processed (processing times vary depending on the country and type of visa)
  • Once the visa is granted, book flights and arrange accommodation in Australia

Ques. How much money is required for an Australian student visa?

Ans. The overall money required to obtain a study visa for Australia includes:

  • The application fee is around 630 AUD (34,500 INR) for subclass 500.
  • The funds required as proof for a single student are 62,222 AUD (34.10 lakhs INR).

Ques. How long does it take to get a student visa for Australia?

Ans. The processing time for a student visa in Australia typically takes up to a month, but it can take as long as 10 months. However, the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) has made the visa processing time more efficient. The processing time for different visa streams is as follows:

Visa Stream 75% Processing Time 90% Processing Time
Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector 45 days 76 days
Postgraduate Research Sector 3 months 6 months
Independent ELICOS Sector 4 months 9 months
Vocational Education and Training Sector 6 months 10 months
Higher Education Sector 44 days 6 months

Ques. Is Australian student visa difficult to get?

Ans. Compared to other popular student destinations like USA, UK, an Australian student visa is slightly easy to get. Once enrolled for a full-time course with Australian universities (lasting for more than 6 months) you can easily apply for Australian student visa subclass 500. 

Ques. Is IELTS compulsory for an Australian student visa?

Ans. Yes, for the most part, submitting an application for an Australian student visa requires passing the IELTS or a comparable English language proficiency test. To be able to study and communicate effectively in Australia, you must prove your English language proficiency via a minimum IELTS score of 5.5

Ques. How likely is rejection of Australian student visa?

Ans. The likelihood of rejection for an Australian student visa depends on various factors such as meeting eligibility criteria, providing sufficient documentation, and demonstrating a genuine intention to study in Australia. If an applicant fails to fulfill any of these requirements or provides inaccurate or incomplete information, their visa application may get rejected. However, the likelihood of rejection is low if an applicant complies with all prerequisites and provides accurate information.

Ques. What are the main requirements to get & maintain a student visa in Australia?

Ans. The requirements for an Australian student visa include

  • Being enrolled in a course of study and providing evidence
  • Meeting English language requirements
  • Having adequate health insurance.
  • If you are under 18 years old, you must make welfare arrangements.
  • You must also have enough money for your stay and be a genuine temporary entrant.
  • Additionally, you must meet character and health requirements, and if you are applying while in Australia, you must already have a valid visa.


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