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Frequently Asked Questions
Visa & Courses
Enrolling in a Course
What can I study on a student visa?
International students can only study CRICOS-approved courses - this means the courses have been registered with the immigration department, and are eligible for a student visa (subclass 500).
Therefore, not all institutions or courses are available to you. However, there is a huge selection of programs, at all levels of education, available across the country.
Can I take an online course for my student visa?
How long does it take to enrol in a course?
We can generally have your enrolled within 1-2 weeks, depending on the institution.
Do I have to pay all the tuition fees at one time?
No, you can pay your tuition in instalments – usually every 3 to 6 months depending on the institution.
What documents do I need for the enrolment?
This depends on your passport nationality, and the institution you are applying to.
How much do courses cost?
How often will I have to go to class?
1-2 days for a private college (certificates & diplomas)
2-3 days for university
3-4 days for TAFE
4 days English courses
What if I have a lower level of English?
There are many options if your English is not strong.
Work rights on a Student Visa
How many hours can I work?
While on your student visa, almost all students will have the following work rights. Work rights begin the day the course commences as stated in the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
While class is not in session: If you are on official school holidays (Christmas, Easter, etc), you are allowed to work full time - unlimited hours. Just keep in mind that school is in session even through the exam period. Even though you might have finished your exams, the course may still be considered in progress. Also note that public holidays do not fall into this category.
If you are studying a Masters by Research or a PhD, you will have unlimited work rights.
Can I work on an ABN while on a Student Visa?
Yes, you can work under an Australian Business Number (ABN) for your own company or as a contractor.
However, you still have to honour the prescribed work rights hours & have a tax file number.
What are the work rights for a dependent on a 500 visa?
Can I work for the same employer indefinitely?
Yes, you are able to work for the same employer for as much time as you like. Unlike a Working Holiday visa which only allows 6 months per employer, there are no restrictions while on a Student Visa.
Getting a Student (sublass 500) Visa
How much does a Student Visa cost?
Please note these prices are valid until July 1, 2020.
if this is the first time you are applying onshore for a visa, the fee will be AU$620
if you have already applied onshore for a visa, expect to pay an additional $700 surcharge
What is a risk rating?
For each passport nationality, the immigration department assigns a 'risk rating'.
What is a bridging visa?
If you apply for your student visa onshore, if you need more time on your current visa for the decision to be made, immigration will provide you with a bridging visa.
How long does it take to get the visa granted?
What evidence will I need to show for my visa application?
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
What is OSHC?
OSHC is a mandatory requirement of your student visa. You must be covered for the entire time you are studying in Australia. It must be paid in full for the entire time your will have the visa.
You will purchase your OSHC just before you apply for your student visa. You have to pay for it all upfront (no partial payments).
Can I get Medicare on a Student Visa?
Some passport holders get lucky and do have Medicare while on a student visa, including the UK and Italy.
However, even if you qualify for Medicare, you still need to purchase OSHC.
Learn more here:
How much does it cost?
There are 6 providers in Australia.
$430-$500 for a single applicant
$2,500-$3,100 for a couple
$5,000-$5,400 for 2 parents + 1 or more children
Why do I need OSHC if I have travel insurance?
OSHC is an unavoidable requirement for the student visa. It ensures all students have the same level of medical cover.
You will have to cancel any other insurance cover policy you have and apply for OSHC, before you can submit your visa application.
Will my OSHC be refunded if I stop studying?
Yes. Once you provide the insurance company with proof that you are no longer on a student visa, or you have left the country permanently, you will be refunded for the period of cover you did not use.