Student visa subclass 500 

A Student visa (subclass 500) is a visa that allows the applicant to study in Australia up to 5 years each time. The length of the visa is determined by the type and the length of the course of study.  There is no age limit for a student visa, so if you have already apply and complete Working Holiday visas, you could considerate to travel to Australia with this visa. Unlikely the WHV, the applicant can come to Australia with Student visa bringing its family along (children or partner). You can be onshore or offshore while applying for a student visa. With the Student visa the applicant can travel in and out Australia while the visa is valid, but the time he spends offshore does not extend the visa.



With this visa the applicant must follow the Department of Home Affair criteria:

  • be and stay enrolled in a eligible course of study in Australia (CRICOS)
  • hold a Overseas Student health Cover (OSHC), unless exempt 
  • have sufficient funds before apply 
  • be a genuine temporary entrant (proof that you intent to stay temporarily in Australia while studying)
  • be a good character

For more info and more conditions see  here.


|Recent updates 

Work restrictions 

Normally with a Student visa, the main applicant can only work up to 40 hours fortnightly except for school holidays and when the course has ended. The secondary applicant (partner) can ONLY work up to 40 hours fortnightly even when the school is on holiday. 

The recent update has lifted the work restriction until further notice. 

In details:

  • Student visa holders can work full time from 19th January 2022 until further notice. This is valid for all sectors of the economy and it applies also to the secondary applicant.
Commencement of Course and Work

Normally the Student visa holders cannot start working before the course has started, but from 19th January 2022 this condition has been lifted. Students can start working from the first day they enter Australia.


The cost of the Student visa is $630 Doha fees plus extra fees for secondary applicant.

The recent updates are:

  • A Student visa holder who is currently offshore and arrive in Australia between 19 January 2022 and 19 March 2022 can apply for a refund of their visa application charge. The student will still have to pay the fee the time of the application. You can find more information on how to get a refund here.  To be eligible for the refund the applicant must be in Australia and submit the request before 31st of December 2022. You can apply for the refund here.
  • A Student visa applicant/ holder could ask for an exemption on the fee of this visa if the visa was held on or after 1 February 2020 and, because of Covid-19, the Student visa holder couldn’t complete the course within the original visa validity.
Processing times 

On the Department of Home Affair website you will find the official processing times (they can change).  At the moment the DOHA is giving priority to Student visa offshore application to allow more students to come and study in Australia. The Department of Home Affair processes: 

  • 25% of the Visa  in 7 days
  • 50% of the Visa in 14 days
  • 75% of the Visa in 48 days
  • 90% of the Visa  in 85 days

The Department of Home affair is suggesting applicants to apply at least 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the course due to the high volume of applications.

Get Your Visa has an entire department that takes care about students and their course of study. The Department is called Get Your Study. We have a full team of schools experts, education counsellors and education agents that can help you identify the best course of study for your pathway. The consultation with the Educations agents is FREE. 

To book a consultation with one of our education agent  just call us on (08) 6117 4152 or write us at [email protected] or click on this following like to book your appointment and we will assess your circumstances, qualifications and experience to design the best option for you and your future!

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