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These visas are available for people who wish to study in Australia. Eligibility is based on what level of study you wish to undertake and what assessment country level you are. An individual assessment will be required of your personal circumstances.

Student Subclass Options

These are the Student subclass options that are available.

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

Applies to stand-alone English language courses that lead to a certificate I, II, III or IV, or that result in no formal Australian award.

Primary or secondary school course

Applies to primary, junior secondary or senior secondary school courses, and approved secondary school exchange programs.

Vocational education and training (VET)

Applies to Certificates I, II, III or IV (except ELICOS), VET diploma, VET advanced diploma, vocational graduate certificate or vocational graduate diploma courses.

Higher education

Applies to a bachelor degree, associate degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, higher education diploma, higher education advanced diploma or masters by coursework.

Postgraduate research

Applies to Masters by research or a doctoral degree.


Applies to non-award foundation studies, or other full-time courses or components of courses not leading to an Australian award.

AusAID and Defence

Applies to students sponsored by AusAID or the Australian Department of Defence undertaking full-time courses of any type.

Student Guardians

Parents or relatives can apply for a visa to stay in Australia as the guardian of a student who is studying in Australia.

Source: Department of Immigration & Border Patrol (DIBP)

Disclaimer: All information outlined under this section titled "VISAS" is simply an overview of the various visas available under the migration act. The outlined information can be used as a reference point but cannot be relied upon by individuals to determine whether or not they qualify.

The Australian Migration regulations, change on a constant basis, and therefore to attain up-to-date legislative requirements you need to contact us to ensure that;

  • You qualify under your selected visa subclass; and
  • Most importantly that the selected subclass is the most appropriate visa for your specific needs

Visa and Immigration Solutions Australia
P.O. Box 1148 Buddina Qld 4575, Australia

Sue Battistin
Int: 61 407 930 929
or general inquiries

Sue Battistin
Registered Migration Agent Number: 0639290
Member of the Migration Institute of Australia
Member no: 2641

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