Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Student Visa cost?

Please note these prices are valid until July 1, 2020. If you are applying offshore (outside Australia), a student visa will cost AU$620. If you are applying onshore (in Australia):

  • if this is the first time you are applying onshore for a visa, the fee will be AU$620
  • if you have already applied onshore for a visa, expect to pay an additional $700 surcharge
If you have a partner also applying (dependant), his or her fee will be AU$460. Anyone under the age of 18 will be charged AU$150 Any dependants will also have to pay the $700 surcharge if this is the second (or more) application onshore. All credit card payments will incur a small service charge.

What is a risk rating?

For each passport nationality, the immigration department assigns a 'risk rating'. 1 is lowest risk, while 3 is highest risk. The risk rating is based on different considerations including the past behaviour of student visa holders from that country, fraudulent documentation received in the past, and the economic/political situation in that country. The risk rating will dictate what evidence you are required to provide with your visa application.

What is a bridging visa?

If you apply for your student visa onshore, if you need more time on your current visa for the decision to be made, immigration will provide you with a bridging visa. A bridging visa simply keeps your current visa legal. If you have work rights on your current visa, you will still have those work rates while you're on the bridging visa. For example, if you apply for a student visa while you hold a Working Holiday visa, you will be able to keep working on the bridging visa. However, the six-month employer rule still must be followed. If you apply for a student visa while you are on a visitor visa, you will not have any work rights while you are waiting. You cannot leave the country if you are on a bridging visa, nor can you apply for any further visas if you hold a bridging visa.

How long does it take to get the visa granted?

The length of time will depend on various things, including where you are located, how busy it is at that time of year, and your passport nationality. Generally speaking, the lower your passport risk level, the quicker the visa could be granted. If you hold a higher risk passport, you have to show more evidence, thus it may take more time. On average, you should allow 4 to 6 weeks to get the visa granted. If you are already in Australia, you must begin class even if you are still on a bridging visa.

What evidence will I need to show for my visa application?

The documentation for the enrolment will be the same documentation you need to include in the visa application. Guidance through this is part of our free service during the enrolment preparation. The immigration department provides a Document Checklist to make it clear what evidence you will need to shell for your student visa. This is the link to the tool: Select your passport nationality & Education Provider, then click 'Display Evidence'.

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