Student Visa – SMC

Student Visa


The Student visa (subclass 500) allows you to live, work and study in Australia for up-to five years. To be eligible for a student visa, you must:

  • Be at least 6 years old
  • Be enrolled to study in Australia with a Confirmation of Enrolment
  • Have a minimum score of 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent, unless if you are exempt
  • Have adequate health insurance
  • Have enough financials to support your stay in Australia.
  • Be a genuine temporary entrant in Australia
  • Meet health and character requirement


The visa is granted in line with the Confirmation of Enrolment (COE)

Yes, you may be eligible to obtain recognition of prior Learning (RPL) or credit points (exemptions) towards completing your course based on your previous study or work experience.

Dependent family members will have unlimited work rights if the primary visa holder has commenced a course towards a masters or doctorate degree.


The Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria are designed to ensure that applicants do not use temporary visas to gain ongoing residency in Australia. However, the Department of Home Affairs does not intend to exclude students who have developed skills Australia needs through their Australian study to then apply for permanent residence. 

Previous Study and value of Chosen Course

You will need to outline/evidence your previous study along with academic transcripts and certificates and explain how the course you have chosen will align with your future career goals, and employment that you seek after completion of your studies.

Gaps in Education and Employment

If you have any gaps in your studies, you must explain why you have it, and what you were doing during this gap.

Ties to Home Country

You should demonstrate that you have strong ties to your home country, to show that you will return to Australia once you complete your studies. This includes providing details of your family composition, including any dependents that you care for, any investments etc.

Immigration History

The Department will consider your previous visa applications, including any refusals and cancellation to see compliance with previous visa application.

Relevance of study chosen

You will also need to show how your intended program is related to your previous study or employment. If it is not, you must explain the reason for a change in your career.

Circumstances to Australia

You must also provide details any family members living in Australia, including their current visa status and where you intend to stay during your study.

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