A student visa allows you to study in Australia and also to stay in Australia for the duration of your said degree program. Also it may be possible to further extend your study visa in Australia if a student wishes to pursue a degree program further. After the completion of the degree, a student can also apply for a work permit but that depends on many factors including the duration of the course. A student is also allowed to work 20 hours a week on his/her student visa or 40 hours per fortnight.
Once you have received an offer letter from the institution of your choice and paid your tuition fees, you receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE), which you use to apply for your student visa. The Department of Border Protection (DIBP) can approve or reject your visa application. (The approval rate of most of student visas is good).
The simplified student visa framework (SSVF) is introduced to improve the quality of the visa application process. The student visa subclasses are now mainly student visa has now been changed into only two sub classes (500 & 590). Student visa (sub-class 500).
The main features and the benefits allowed in this visa are:
- This visa allows you to stay in Australia to study full-time in a recognized educational institution.
- You may be able to bring your family members with you as dependents on your visa.
- Your visa will usually be granted for one to two months longer than the duration of your course.
- You are allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours during term time, and full-time during your holidays.
In order to be eligible, a student need to have a valid Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) received from the educational institution in which they plan to take up their course when a student applies for their first visa or first visa extension. This implies that the student has been offered a place in a course/degree program that is offered to international students in Australia and have therefore paid their fees for the program.