Visas for International Students
There are several visa options that may be applicable for international students coming to Cairns to study. The appropriate visa is determined by each students circumstances when travelling to Australia for study purposes.
The Australian Government has developed an initiative to assist international visitors coming to Australia on a Work and Holiday Visa from July 2016. This simplified student visa framework (SSVF) encompasses all visa applications by international students and education agents.
Other Visa Options
For shorter periods of study, you can apply for a Visitor or Working Holiday Visa. There is also a visa option specifically for student guardians.
Visitor Visa (Subclasses 600, 601, 651)
• Maximum 3 months study.
• Intention to visit Australia is genuine.
• Meet health and character requirements.
• Sufficient money to support yourself during stay in Australia.
Read more about Visitor Visas at Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462)
Subclass 462 visa holders who undertake three months (88 days) work during their stay in either the agriculture or tourism and hospitality industries within northern Australia, will become eligible to apply for a second Work and Holiday visa. For this purpose, northern Australia includes all of the Northern Territory, and those parts of Western Australia and Queensland above the Tropic of Capricorn.
See Study in Australia for more information.
Student Visa (subclass 500)
The most common student visa is the Student Visa (subclass 500). The 500 visa allows students to study a full-time course at a registered institution. In addition, it also covers any eligible family members to accompany the student to Australia for the duration of study. To be eligible for the 500 visa, a student must have been accepted into a registered course at a registered institution.
Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457)
It is extremely important to note that students are unable to work while holding the 500 visa. Students who wish to work while in Australia will need to obtain a Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457). The 457 visa permits working in Australia for an approved business for up to four years.
Australian Border Force provides a useful Visa Finder for information on visas.
Applying for a Visa
There are a number of steps to go through including:
• Deciding on your preferred course and institution
• Submitting your application to the institution
• Receiving and accepting a Letter of Offer
• Receiving your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)
• Applying for your Student Visa
There is a range of entry requirements that must be met, both for your institution application and your visa application. This can include:
• Academic requirements.
• English language requirements.
• Evidence of funds to support your study.
• Overseas student health cover.
If you're already living or working in Australia, you may still be able to apply to study here as an international student.
Appointed Education Agents
Education agents in your home country can assist with applying to study in Australia. It is a requirement under the ESOS Act, that all institutions maintain a list of their appointed agents and for that list to be published on their website. Please visit the institution's website at which you intend to study to view a list of Education Agents near you.
Commonly referred to as the ‘Sunshine State’, Queensland has plenty to offer, particularly in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland region. Cairns is a modern international city on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. World class education institutions, an international airport and all the facilities expected of a major regional centre are available in Cairns.
Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)
The 190 visa allows an applicant to stay in Australia indefinitely, work and study, enroll in Medicare (the national healthcare scheme), apply for citizenship (if eligible) and sponsor eligible relatives for residency. Visa holders can travel to and from Australia for up to five years from the date the visa is granted. Applications for a 190 visa are submitted via an Expression of Interest and is subject to successful completion of a skills test.
Business Talent Visa (subclass 132)
The 132 visa is a permanent residence visa for business people who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency. Applicants are permitted to establish a new business or develop an existing business in Australia. Applications are submitted via an Expression of Interest.
NOTE: Information is of a general nature and should be used as a guide only. For the latest information relating to Migration and Visas contact Australian Border Force