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Overview Visa options

Higher Education Sector: Temporary Visa (Subclass 573) - Streamlined Visa Processing
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. About this Visa How this Visa Works Eligibility Obligations Applying for this Visa

About this Visa
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On this page Who is this visa for? How much will this visa cost? What does the visa let me do?

Streamlined visa processing for this visa is designed for international students applying to study in Australia at a participating university. Streamlined visa processing means these applicants are treated as though they are lower migration risk (similar to the current Assessment Level 1) regardless of their country of origin. See: Eligible Education Provider and Educational Business Partners - March 2013

Who is this visa for?
This visa is for you if you want to do one of the following:
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apply for your first student visa apply for subsequent student visa



apply to join a family member who is in Australia on a student visa.

Your main course of study is one of the following:
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Bachelor degree Masters by coursework.

If you intend to undertake another course of study ahead of your main course of study, such as an enabling course, you may also be eligible for streamlined visa processing. 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

How much will this visa cost?
You must pay a non-refundable visa application charge when you lodge your visa application. See: Visa Charges ( 93KB PDF file)

What does the visa let me do?
With this visa:
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you can study in Australia eligible dependent family members can accompany you to Australia you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks your family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight provided you have commenced your course of study in Australia. If you are doing a postgraduate course, such as a Masters by coursework degree, your family members can work unlimited hours once you commence this course. your partner can study in Australia for up to three months. Note: If your partner wants to study for more than three months they must apply for their own student visa. The application can be made in Australia.







Students


Overview



Visa options

Higher Education Sector: Temporary Visa (Subclass 573) - Streamlined Visa Processing
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. About this Visa How this Visa Works Eligibility Obligations Applying for this Visa

How this Visa Works
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On this page Length of stay Working while studying When is your course in session? Student visa definitions

Before you apply for this visa, you must have applied for and been accepted to study full-time at a participating university in Australia. You must provide evidence of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) at the time that you lodge your application. See: Eligible Education Provider and Educational Business Partners - March 2013

Length of stay
This visa allows you to stay in Australia for the duration of your course. It permits multiple entries to Australia. Dependent family members who come with you to Australia are usually able to stay

the same length of time as you, but they cannot stay once you have left the country. Your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy must cover the full period of your visa. Your student visa can be granted up to the maximum duration outlined in the table below.
Duration of course Duration of visa

Longer than 10 months and finishing Your visa will usually be granted at the end of the Australian academic to March 15 of the following year. year (November – December) Longer than 10 months (finishing January - October) Your visa will usually be granted for two months longer than the duration of your course. Your visa will usually be granted for one month longer than the duration of your course.

10 months or less

You need to ensure that your OSHC policy covers the entire length of your visa or your visa may only be granted until the expiry date of your OSHC. Note: If your student visa expires before your graduation, you can apply for a Visitor visa. You will need a letter from your education provider which states the date of your graduation. See: Visitors

Working while studying
You and your dependent family members will have permission to work automatically included with your visa. Further information on the conditions that apply to working while studying is available.
Work entitlement

You can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session and unlimited hours when your course is not in session. You cannot undertake work until you have started your

course in Australia. Notes: Work that is a formal registered part of your course is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight. If you are doing voluntary or unpaid work it is included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight. A fortnight begins on any Monday and ends on the second following Sunday. Dependent family can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight throughout the year. A week begins on any Monday and ends on the second following Sunday. Exceptions: Family members of students enrolled in Masters by coursework (subclass 573) can work unlimited hours when the student starts their main course. Note: Family members cannot undertake work until you have started your course in Australia. Important: You must also comply with the state and territory laws of Australia. Under all state and territory laws, you cannot work during school hours if you are under the school leaving age, which in most states is 15 years.

When is your course in session?
The department considers your course to be 'in session':


for the duration of the advertised semesters (including periods when exams are being held) if you have completed your studies and your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is still in effect if you are undertaking another course, during a break from your main course and the points will be credited to your main course.





Student visa definitions

The following terms are used for Student visas. See: Student Visa Definitions

Students
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Overview Visa options

Higher Education Sector: Temporary Visa (Subclass 573) - Streamlined Visa Processing
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. About this Visa How this Visa Works Eligibility Obligations Applying for this Visa

Eligibility
These pages provide information about the requirements that you and your dependent family members must meet for streamlined visa processing for a student visa.
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Student Family Member 1. About this Visa
2. How this Visa Works 3. Eligibility 4. Obligations 5. Applying for this Visa

Students
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Overview Visa options

Higher Education Sector: Temporary Visa (Subclass 573) - Streamlined Visa Processing
1. 2. 3. 4. About this Visa How this Visa Works Eligibility Obligations

5.

Applying for this Visa

Student obligations
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On this page Course enrolment, attendance and progress Changing your education provider or course of study Providing your home address 'No further stay' condition Students under 18 years of age Financial capacity School age family members Health insurance

You must uphold your visa conditions while studying and living in Australia or your visa may be cancelled and you may have to leave Australia.

Course enrolment, attendance and progress
You must remain enrolled in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). See: CRICOS You must maintain satisfactory attendance in your course as required by your education provider. You must make satisfactory course progress for each study period. Your education provider will advise the department if your attendance or course progress is not satisfactory. The definition of 'satisfactory' is determined by your education provider.

Changing your education provider or course of study
You may change your education provider or course of study. See: Changing Courses or Education Providers Note: If you want to change your level of qualification, you will need to apply for a new student visa because your visa subclass will change.

Providing your home address

You must advise your education provider of your home address within seven days of arriving in Australia. Also, if you change your address during your stay in Australia, you must advise your education provider within seven days. Note: Your education provider needs your home address so they can contact you if you do not satisfy the requirements of your course. If they cannot contact you, this could result in your student visa being cancelled.

'No further stay' condition
Some visas are issued with a 'no further stay' condition. This condition means that you cannot apply to stay in Australia beyond the date specified on your visa, except in extremely limited circumstances. Limited circumstances may include students who want to apply for:


a student visa that is supported by a sponsoring government agency a Graduate Temporary Entry - Skilled visa a visa to engage Australia's obligations under the 1951 United Nations convention relating to the status of refugees.

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Students under 18 years of age
If you are under 18 years of age you must maintain your accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements for the duration of your visa or until you turn 18. If your welfare arrangements are approved by your education provider you can not travel to Australia until your welfare arrangements commence. The date your welfare arrangements commence is the welfare start date that your education provider has nominated on the Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation/Welfare Arrangements (CAAW) letter. See: Student under 18 years of age - additional requirements If your welfare arrangements change after your visa has been granted you must inform the department of these changes.

If your parents/legal custodian approved your accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements for you to stay with a relative in Australia, you must have their written approval to change these arrangements. See: Form 157N Nomination of a student guardian (171KB PDF file) If your education provider approved your accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements, you must have the education provider's written approval to change these arrangements. See: Student under 18 years of age - additional requirements

Financial capacity
You must maintain 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.

School age family members
Any family members of school age (between five and 18 years) living in Australia must attend school in Australia.

Health insurance
You must maintain health insurance for you and your family members while in Australia. Health insurance can be provided by obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance. See also: Family Member Obligations Visa conditions for Student visa holders

Students
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Overview Visa options

Higher Education Sector: Temporary Visa (Subclass 573) - Streamlined Visa Processing
1. About this Visa

2. 3. 4. 5.

How this Visa Works Eligibility Obligations Applying for this Visa

Family member obligations
Your dependent family members must maintain their visa conditions. A breach of these conditions may result in your visa being cancelled and you may have to leave Australia. Your family members must:


remain a member of your family for the duration of their stay in Australia have adequate financial support maintain adequate health cover not work more than 40 hours per fortnight, (a fortnight begins on any Monday and ends on the second following Sunday) Exception: If you are studying a postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD), your dependent family members can work unlimited hours. not work before you have commenced the course attend school if they are of school age.

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Important: It is your responsibility to ensure that your family members meet the above conditions.

'No further stay' condition
Some visas are issued with a 'no further stay' condition. If this condition applies to any of your family members, it means they cannot stay in Australia beyond the date specified on their visa, except in extremely limited circumstances. Limited circumstances may include family members who want to apply for:



a student visa that is supported by a sponsoring government agency a Graduate Temporary Entry – Skilled visa a visa to engage Australia's obligations under the 1951 United Nations convention relating to the status of refugees.

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See also: Student obligations Visa conditions for Student visa holders

Students
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Overview Visa options

Higher Education Sector: Temporary Visa (Subclass 573) - Streamlined Visa Processing
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. About this Visa How this Visa Works Eligibility Obligations Applying for this Visa

Applying for this visa
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On this page Complete applications Passport details Application Charge Other Costs How to apply

Complete applications
When you lodge your application, it is important that you include all the required documents with your application. Lodging a

complete application assists case officers to quickly process your application. If you cannot provide all the supporting documentation when you lodge your visa application, tell the department which documents are missing and when you expect to be able to provide them. Incomplete applications may be delayed or, in some cases, refused. Attention: If you do not lodge evidence of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) at the time you lodge your application, you will notbe eligible for streamlined visa processing. See: Application Checklist Higher Education visa (Subclass 573) – Streamlined Visa Applications (153KB PDF file)

Passport details
Your visa will be linked to the passport number you used in your application. You must use the same passport to travel to and from Australia. Your passport should be valid for at least six months from the time you lodge the application. Important: To avoid significant delays at your departure point for Australia, you must advise the department of new passport details before you travel to Australia.

Application charge Other costs

You must pay a charge when you lodge your application. See: Fees & Charges There may also be other costs associated with the application, such as translating documents into English. You will also need to pay for any medical examinations. If required, you may also need to provide a police check. Charges for obtaining police checks vary in each country. When required to obtain your own police checks, you are personally responsible for all arrangements and charges.

How to apply

You can apply by post or by courier, or in person. Some applicants may also be eligible to apply online. See: How To Apply

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