Higher Education Sector: Temporary Visa (Subclass 573) - Assessment Level 4
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You must meet the following specific requirements to be eligible for this visa.
If you are applying in Australia for this visa, you must either be the current holder of a qualifying visa or have held a certain visa no more than 28 days prior to lodging your application.
See: Qualifying Visas for Student Visas
You must be accepted for full-time study in a registered course or part of a registered course to be eligible for this visa.
Note: A registered course is an education or training course offered by an Australian education provider registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
|Lodgement Method||Proof of Acceptance|
|Online||You must provide the code from your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment.|
|Post or in person||
You can provide a copy of one of the following:
Your individual circumstances must demonstrate that you genuinely intend to stay in Australia temporarily.
The factors that are considered during assessment of the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement include: your personal circumstances in your home country, your potential circumstances in Australia, the value of the course to your future, your immigration history, and any other matter that is relevant to your intention to remain in Australia temporarily. If you are a minor the intentions of your parent, legal guardian or spouse will also be considered.
The information provided in your application form and supporting documentation will be used to assess the GTE requirement. You may be requested to provide additional information in relation to the factors set out above.
See: Genuine Temporary Entrant – Frequently Asked Questions (73KB PDF file)
You must have enough money to pay for travel, tuition and living expenses for yourself, your partner and your dependent children for the duration of your stay in Australia. You must also have enough money to support your partner and dependent children, even if they do not travel with you to Australia.
Note: Specific financial requirements apply to fully funded students.
See: Financial requirements
If an employer or Corporation is sponsoring you, they must conduct commercial activities outside the country in which it is based. They must also employ you in a role in relation to which your principal course is of direct relevance.
You must meet certain health requirements and may need to undergo a health examination. The requirements vary based on:
- your length of stay in Australia
- other health risks in your home country or countries you have visited for more than three months within the last five years.
Health examinations can be completed before you lodge your visa application, but no more than six months before your course starts.
See: Health requirements
You must have health insurance while in Australia. Health insurance can be provided by obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance.
See: Overseas Student Health Cover – Frequently Asked Questions
You can ask your education provider to organise OSHC for you, or you can select an approved OSHC provider yourself and pay the insurance.
Exceptions: You do not need OSHC if you are:
- a Norwegian student covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme
- a Swedish student covered by the National Board of Student Aid or by Kammarkollegiet
- a Belgian student covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia.
If you are studying at more than one educational provider and both are arranging OSHC, you will have to ensure that there is no gap between policies. This means that as one policy expires the next commences immediately.
OSHC is available for a period of up to five years. If your course exceeds five years in length, then OSHC providers may issue cover for a longer period.
If you have a child born after your arrival in Australia, and you only have a single OSHC policy you must change that to a family policy. If family members join you after your arrival in Australia they will have to demonstrate that they have an OSHC policy for the duration of their visas.
Proof of insurance: When you lodge your application, you must provide a receipt or other proof of your OSHC payment. The OSHC should commence when you arrive in Australia.
The table below outlines the English language skills you require and the evidence you must provide for the grant of your first student visa or a subsequent student visa.
|You need one of the following||Evidence required|
|English Language Test||
You must provide test results of one of the following:
a) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Certificate
IELTS score of:
Note: You can take the Academic or General IELTS test to meet English Language requirements for a student visa. However, please check with your Australian education provider about which test they require for your enrolment.
b) Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) Certificate
TOEFL iBT score of:
c) Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Certificate
PTE Academic score of:
d) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate
CAE test Score of:
e) Occupational English Test (OET) Certificate
f) TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) Certificate (This test is only acceptable if taken in one of the following countries where IELTS is not available: Belarus, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Moldova, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda and Uzbekistan.)
TOEFL PBT score of:
Note: Tests older than two years are not acceptable.
|Study in English||You must provide evidence that you have:
Fully funded students: If you are a fully funded student, your education provider will advise you of the level of English you require and the evidence you must provide.
If you are applying for your first student visa, you must provide evidence that you:
- successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent, by providing school reports and academic records
- successfully completed Year 11 or equivalent, by providing school reports and academic records,
and have completed or are enrolled in a Foundation course in Australia.
Note: A Foundation course is a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) as 'Foundation Studies'.
- successfully completed a qualification from the Australian Qualification Framework at Certificate IV level or higher in a course that was conducted in Australia
- have a Confirmation of Enrolment in a course that leads to a qualification from the Australian Qualification Framework at Certificate IV level or higher, and that you will complete before your main course.
If you are applying for a subsequent student visa, you must provide academic reports and previous records of attendance to show that you satisfied the course requirements.
You must be of good character to enter Australia. The information you provide on the 'Character Declaration' section of your application will be used to assess your character.
See: Character and penal clearance requirements
To enter Australia you must:
- have no outstanding debts to the Australian government
- have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian government.
You must meet all the above, and the additional eligibility requirements.
See: Students Under 18 Years of Age - Additional Eligibility
See also: Family member eligibility
If you are aged 18 years or over, you must declare that you will respect Australian values and obey the laws of Australia. For this visa, the values statement is included in the general declaration section of the application form. When you sign the application form it means you will also be signing the values statement. You will not be required to have read the Life in Australia book, but may do so if you wish.
You are also encouraged to gain an understanding of Australia, its people and their way of life, before applying for this visa.
See: Australian Values - Overview