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The Australian government introduced new visa application charges on 1 July 2024 to better reflect the cost of processing applications. This update affects various visa subclasses, including those for skilled workers, students, and family members. The fee changes are indexed annually. The cost adjustments take into account various factors, including: Government policies and priorities Economic conditions Changes in immigration programs Administrative costs associated with processing visas The price changes can vary significantly across different visa categories. For example: Student visa fees increased dramatically from $710 to $1,600 Other visa categories saw more modest increases, such as the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, which increased from $1,455 to $1,495 for the... Read more

About Student Visa Subclass 500 and Australian Trade Courses

The dedicated team at This is Australia is familiar and experienced with Student Visa Subclass 500 applications. With a high success rate, we can assist international students with finding the best course, submitting the application to the education provider, finalising the enrolment and applying for a student visa.

The Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) requires all international students to hold a valid visa prior to commencing study in Australia.

The Australian Student Visa 500 subclass provides international students with the opportunity to study in Australia at every level of education.

A multitude of students who have completed some of these courses are now permanent Australian residents. Contact us today about advancing your career or learning a new profession!

Genuine Student (GS) Requirement Being Implemented on 23 March 2024

The Australian Government is set to enhance its student visa framework by replacing the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement with a new Genuine Student (GS) criterion for applications submitted from 23 March 2024.

This move, aimed at refining the selection process, focuses on identifying applicants genuinely seeking quality education in Australia, without the implications of their future migration intentions.

The application process will see a shift from a 300 word statement to targeted questions about the applicant's background, study motivations, and compliance intentions. These changes underscore the government's dedication to upholding the integrity of the education sector, ensuring that the pathways to study in Australia align with the genuine intent of gaining academic advancement.

Temporary Graduate Visa changes from 1 July 2024.

The Government has announced details on the increase to post-study working rights for eligible international higher education graduates to address Australia’s critical skills shortages.

Eligible international graduates with select qualifications will now have an additional two years extended on their Temporary Graduate visa.

Extensions will increase from:

  • two years to four years for select Bachelor degrees
  • three years to five years for select Masters degrees
  • four years to six years for all PhDs

The extension applies to key industries such as the teaching, health, engineering and agricultural sectors and is on top of the extra two years currently available to eligible graduates who study and work in regional areas. Further information including the full list of eligible qualifications is available in the Post-study work rights report.

Changes to Student Visa Work Rights

From 1 July 2023, work rights for international students will be capped again, but at a higher level of 48 hours per fortnight. Pre-pandemic, work rights for international students were capped at 40 hours per fortnight, although this restriction was relaxed during the pandemic to help meet workforce shortages. More information about the 485 Visa Changes.

Student Visa unrestricted work rights ended on 30 June 2023

Relaxation of student visa work hours restrictions ended on 30 June 2023.

From 30 June 2023, the number of hours a student visa holder will be allowed to work will again be capped. The number of hours a student visa holder works, ensures that students focus on obtaining a quality Australian education and qualification.

Students must make sure they are aware of any changes to visa conditions, including work rights.

Student Visa Application Charges

For an Australian student visa application, applicants must pay mandatory Government Visa Application Charges (VAC), with the amount dependent on the particular student visa type and the total number of individuals applying.

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Student Visa Information – Subclass 500

All levels of education are available to international students, including primary, secondary, tertiary, postgraduate and vocational.

This Is Australia provides valuable information for individuals who are interested in studying in Australia, to ensure they hold the correct visa for their intended course.

Studying English Student Visa

Whether you are looking to communicate in an everyday English environment, prepare for the International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS) or develop your English language skills to study in Australia.

The Study English Student visa program is designed to improve students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

Trade Courses – Student Visa

Find your pathway to success with the Trade and Mining Courses Student Visa.

This visa is designed for international students to complete a trade or vocational certificate or diploma in Australia.

Certain diplomas will enable students under this visa, the opportunity to gain entry and obtain advanced standing in university degree programs.

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