The student visa program enables overseas students to visit Australia to undertake full-time study in registered courses.
An overseas student is eligible to apply for an Australian student visa when accepted for full-time study in an accredited education course offered by a registered Australian education provider for international student and which is listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students or CRICOS.
Students must apply for a visa in the sector that relates to their main course of study. Student visa comprises 8 sub classes. You must identify your highest Assessment Level before you can proceed with your student visa application.
Generally, all overseas students should apply for their first student visa while they are outside Australia. Students who already have a student visa to study in Australia but want to change their main course of study to one in a different education sector must apply for a new student visa in the education sector appropriate to their new main course of study.
Applicants (All Students and accompanying family members) must provide evidence to fulfill criteria like financial capacity for travel costs and tuition fees, level of education, English proficiency, and other criteria that differs according to the assessment level assigned to each education sector and nationality.
Under visa condition, Students and dependent family members who were granted a student visa before 26 April 2008 and have not yet applied for permission to work may only apply for permission to work after they have started their course in Australia.
Refer to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website www.immi.gov.au/students for more information about applying for a student visa.