Australia introduced a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) on July 1st 2016. Under the SSVF all visa applications by international students and education agents are processed online by creating an account on ImmiAccount.
Student visa (Subclass 500)
All of the following types of study are included on this visa. For more information about student visas, visit Department of Home Affairs:
- Independent ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students)
- Schools (primary and secondary)
- Secondary school exchange program
- Vocational education and training (VET)
- Higher education
- Postgraduate research
- Non-award courses
- International students sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs or Defence.
The student visa (subclass 500) allows you to remain in Australia for up to five years for the purpose of full-time study at an educational institution.