Australian Embassy
Thailand

Student and Student Guardian visa

Student

Student visas are intended for those who wish to undertake study in Australia.


What visa subclass should I apply for?

From 1 July 2016, there is only one Student visa subclass – the subclass 500 regardless of the  education sector you will be studying in.

Subclass

                                                 Education sector

 

 

         500

 

 

 

 

 

English language courses only (ELICOS)

Primary or secondary school

Vocational education and training (Certificates I, II, III, IV and vocational diplomas)

Higher education (University courses - bachelor, associate degree, graduate diplomas or masters by coursework)

Postgraduate research (Masters by research or PhD)

Non-award (foundation studies)

Sponsored by DFAT or Australian Department of Defence

 
The evidentiary requirements for Student visas depend on two factors: your country of passport and the education provider you are attending. 

Use the online tool on the Department’s main website to find out whether your application is subject to streamlined or regular evidentiary requirements for the financial and English language requirements.

http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement

The GTE requirement applies to all student visa applicants and considers whether the individual circumstances of the student indicate that their intention is for a temporary stay in Australia. A genuineness assessment is made by taking into account a number of personal factors relating to the student, such as their immigration history, circumstances that might encourage the student to return to their home country and conditions that might encourage them to remain in Australia

For more information on detail for Student Visa applications please visit Student Visa


Health & character requirements

In some circumstances you may be requested to undertake a medical examination. More information explaining the health and character requirements are available from this website. See: Health requirements and Character requirements


How to apply

You must lodge your student visa application online. 

http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud

Once you lodge your application, you may be required to provide your biometrics at an Australian Visa Application Centre.  If this is necessary, you will be sent a written request by email to do so.

Student visa applications from Thai citizens may be may be assessed here at the Embassy in Bangkok or at a departmental office in Australia.  Please ensure you upload all documentation you would like considered in your application through ImmiAccount.

http://www.border.gov.au/immiaccount

 

Processing time

The time taken for applications to be assessed fluctuates based on the number of applications received at any one time by the department.

For current processing times please visit:  Global visa and citizenship processing times.


 

Student Guardian Visa

Subclass 590

Students under 18 years of age or who have physical or cultural requirements for an adult companion to accompany them to Australia may apply for a parent, legal custodian or relative to accompany them as a student guardian.

Who can be a Student Guardian?

A student guardian must:
• be a relative of the applicant
• be over 21 years of age and of good character, and
• meet health and financial requirements.

Except in exceptional circumstances, a student guardian must be related to the applicant in one of the following ways:
• spouse
• child
• adopted child
• parent
• brother or sister
• step-child
• step-parent
• step-brother or step-sister
• grandparent
• grandchild
• aunt or uncle
• niece or nephew
• step-grandparent
• step-grandchild
• step-aunt or step-uncle
• step-niece or step-nephew.


Student Guardian Visa Conditions

The following list describes the conditions that will generally be attached to a student guardian visa.
• No work
• No study for more than three months
• Must maintain approved overseas visitor health cover
• Cannot apply for any other Australian visa while in Australia except for:
- an extension of the student guardian visa, or
- to engage Australia\'s obligations under the 1951 UN convention relating to the status of refugees
• Continue to meet the requirements for a student guardian visa
• Must live with the student who has nominated you and, if the student is under 18 years of age, provide appropriate accommodation, welfare and general support
• Must not leave Australia without either:
- taking the nominating student with you, or
- notifying the department before your departure that you have made appropriate arrangements for the student\'s accommodation, welfare and general support in your absence and (if the student is under 18 years of age) obtaining written approval for the changed arrangements from the student\'s education provider

Different conditions apply to dependent children who are granted a Student Guardian visa.

For more information on detail for Student Guardian Visa applications please visit Student Guardian Visa


Health & character requirements

In some circumstances you may be requested to undertake a medical examination. More information explaining the health and character requirements are available from this website. See: Health requirements and Character requirements

How to apply

Student Guardian visas are lodged online.  Once you lodge your application, you may be required to provide your biometrics at an Australian Visa Application Centre.

Processing time

The time taken for applications to be assessed fluctuates based on the number of applications received at any one time by the department.

For current processing times please visit:  Global visa and citizenship processing times.