Before embarking upon your studies in Australia, it’s important to understand the rules of your visa.
With a seemingly endless list of restrictions, it can prove daunting at first but there’s no need to panic. Our resident student blogger has broken down essential student visa conditions so you can happily study in Australia with peace of mind.
Below, find out everything you need to know about the Student Visa Subclass 500 from important work limitations and course requirements to important Covid-19 changes for students.
Student Visa Subclass 500
The Student Visa Subclass 500 allows students to remain in Australia for up to 5 years for the purpose of full-time study.
With this visa, you can:
The benefits of Student Visa Subclass 500
If you have always dreamed of studying in Australia, a Student Visa Subclass 500 is a brilliant option.
Below, we’ve rounded up the benefits of a student visa:
How to check the conditions of your student visa
The conditions of your student visa are listed in your grant letter so make sure to store this somewhere safe.
You can also refer to the conditions of your student visa at any time using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service.
Student Visa Subclass 500 conditions explained
Below, we have listed some of the Student Visa 500 Subclass conditions that must be obeyed whilst studying in Australia.
8105: Work limitations
One of the biggest factors to consider when applying for a student visa is the work limitations.
On a Student Visa Subclass 500, you must obey the following rules:
As previously mentioned, you can work unlimited hours during term break. You must ensure that you check your course timetable as these dates will vary between education providers.
To receive an income in Australia, you need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN). Visit the Australian Taxation Office online to find out more.
8202: Meet course requirements
To maintain your student visa, you must meet the following requirements:
You can change your course of study if you are unsatisfied with your current education provider or wish to try another subject.
But in order to change your course of study on a student visa, you must seek approval from your current education provider.
Find out how you can change courses on a Student Visa Subclass 500.
8501: Maintain health insurance
When you apply for your student visa with Study Online Australia, we will organise OSHC on your behalf for the duration of your stay.
8503: Inform provider of change of address
If your residential address changes, you must inform your education provider within 7 days.
You will be contacted through your place of study so it’s crucial to keep your contact details up to date.
8516: Maintain eligibility
In order to maintain your student visa, you must continue to meet the criteria stated in your visa grant letter.
For a full list of the Student Visa 500 Subclass requirements, please visit the official Department of Home Affairs website.
Covid 19: Student visa conditions
As a consequence to the Covid-19 pandemic, work limitations for specific student visa holders have been changed.
You can work more than 40 hours a fortnight if you meet the following criteria:
You can also stay informed on student visa changes during the Covid-19 pandemic on our dedicated blog.
How can I extend my student visa?
Do you wish to stay in Australia? As long as your grant letter does not contain conditions such as ‘no further stay’, there is the option to apply for another student visa.
If you would like to extend your stay in Australia, make sure to allow at least 3 months to research your options and be sure to lodge your visa application prior to your current visa expiring.
Get in touch with Study Online Australia today to discuss your options.
Help and support whilst studying in Australia
One of the biggest advantages to applying for your student visa with Study Online Australia is that the team is always on hand to help.
Whether you have questions about enrolment, work rights or seeking extra help on your course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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Pavla, The Director