Student Visa Length & Duration
The student visa is a temporary visa and the length of stay is determined by the type and length of the course you will be studying.
Length of Course
Length of Stay
Longer than 10 months (finishing November – December)
The visa end date will usually be the 15th of March the following year
Longer than 10 months (finishing January – October)
The visa end date will usually be 2 months longer than the course end date
Shorter than 10 months
The visa end date will usually be 1 month longer than the course end date
There may be special circumstances where these usual periods may be exempt:
Postgraduate Research Students
The length of stay or visa end date for Postgraduate research students is generally an additional 6 months on top of the usual visa end date. This is to allow postgraduate students to remain in Australia during the marking of their thesis.
Primary School Students
For primary school children enrolled in years 1-4, the maximum period for a student visa is 2 years. To continue their studies, these students must apply for another student visa.
Student Visa Application Processing Time
Depending on the type of student visa you are applying for, processing times can vary. To ensure that your visa application is processed as quickly as possible, ensure that you fill in the application correctly and provide all the necessary documents.
The visa processing time information below is extracted from The Department of Home Affairs .
Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector
75% of applications in 12 days
90% of applications in 24 days
Postgraduate Research Sector
75% of applications in 63 days
90% of applications in 5 months
75% of applications in 4 days
90% of applications in 13 days
75% of applications in 61 days
90% of applications in 4 months
Independent ELICOS Sector
75% of applications in 27 days
90% of applications in 42 days
Vocational Education and Training Sector
75% of applications in 45 days
90% of applications in 73 days
Higher Education Sector
75% of applications in 40 days
90% of applications in 54 days
Student Visa Eligibility Requirements
The minimum age requirement is 6 years old. For secondary school eligibility, you must also be:
less than 17 years old when you begin Year 9.
less than 18 years old when you begin Year 10.
less than 19 years old when you begin Year 11.
less than 20 years old when you begin Year 12.
Course Enrolment for Tertiary Education
You must be enrolled in a full-time course of study or training and you must provide evidence of this through documentation accompanied with your application.
If you are under 18 years of age, you must have your welfare arrangements in place before you begin studying in Australia. Your student guardian can be a parent, legal custodian, or relative over 21 years of age. They must have a valid visa to stay with you in Australia for the duration of your student visa, or until you turn 18.
You will need to complete the Student Guardianship Arrangements form and attach it with your student visa application.
English Language Requirements
Depending on your country of residence, you might have to provide evidence of your English language proficiency. All applicants who hold a UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland passport are exempt from this.
If you do need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency, you can find your nearest IELTS test centre here .
How to Apply for an Australian Student Visa
Before You Apply
If you reside outside of Australia, make sure to apply for your visa at least 6 weeks before the start date of your enrolled course. If you are currently in Australia, give yourself extra time to apply for your next visa to avoid having your current visa expire before your next visa has been granted.
You might need to conduct health examinations. Keep this in mind and complete your examinations before applying for your visa.
Your passport must be valid before you begin your student visa application.
If you need assistance with your immigration and visa application process, the team of migration experts at IDP Australia will be able to offer free help!
Gather Your Documents
The best way to identify and keep track of what documents you need to provide is to use the Document Checklist Tool . At the very least, you must provide:
Education information including course enrolment, acceptance forms, etc.
Overseas Student Health Cover
Apply for the Visa
To apply for a student visa, visit ImmiAccount to lodge your application, attach your documents, and pay the visa application charge.
Visa Application Outcome
The outcome of your student visa application will be sent in writing, regardless of whether you were successful or unsuccessful.
If you were successfully granted your student visa, you will be provided with your visa grant number, the date your visa expires, and your visa conditions.
If you were unsuccessful in being granted with your student visa, you will be informed of the reasons why your application was denied and whether you are able to review the decision made.
Please note that your application charge will not be refunded if you were unsuccessful, so ensure that you fill out your application form accurately and provide all necessary documents.