Qualifying visas for student and student guardian visa

If I apply for a student visa or a student guardian visa while I am in Australia, do I need to hold a current visa?

If you are applying for a student visa in Australia you must either:

  • currently hold a qualifying visa or
  • have previously held a certain visa and lodge an application within 28 days from the date that visa ends.

What is a qualifying visa?

The following visas are qualifying visas:

  • Emergency (Temporary) visa (subclass 303)
  • Interdependency visa (subclass 305)*
  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (subclass 400)
  • Temporary Work visa (subclass 401)
  • Training and Research visa (subclass 402)
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) visa other than a visa in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream (subclass 403)
  • Educational (Temporary) Government Agreement visa (subclass 406)
  • Retirement (Temporary) visa(subclass 410)
  • Exchange visa (subclass 411)
  • Independent Executive visa (subclass 412)
  • Executive visa (subclass 413)
  • Specialist visa (subclass 414)
  • Educational (Temporary) Foreign Government Agency visa (subclass 415)
  • Special Program visa (subclass 416)
  • Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)
  • Educational visa (subclass 418)
  • Educational (Temporary) Visiting Academic visa (subclass 419)
  • Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420)
  • Sport visa (subclass 421)
  • Medical Practitioner visa (subclass 422)
  • Media and Film Staff visa (subclass 423)
  • Public Lecturer visa (subclass 424)
  • Family Relationship visa (subclass 425)
  • Domestic Worker – Executive visa (subclass 427)
  • Religious Worker visa (subclass 428)
  • Supported Dependent visa (subclass 430)
  • Expatriate visa (subclass 432)
  • Educational (Temporary) Occupational Trainee (subclass 442)
  • Business (Short Stay) (subclass 456)
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457)
  • Temporary Graduate (Class VC) (subclass 485)
    Note: This is not a qualifying visa for a Student Guardian, subclass 570, subclass 571, subclass 575 and subclass 576 student visa application.
  • Superyacht Crew (Temporary) visa (subclass 488)
  • Graduate – Skilled visa (subclass 497)
  • Independent ELICOS Sector: Student visa (subclass 570)
  • Schools Sector: Student visa (subclass 571)
  • Vocational Education and Training Sector: Student visa (subclass 572)
  • Higher Education Sector: Student visa (subclass 573)
  • Postgraduate Research Sector: Student visa (subclass 574)
  • Non Award Sector: Temporary visa (subclass 575)
  • Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector: Student visa (subclass 576)
  • Student Guardian visa (subclass 580)*
  • Visitor visa (subclass 600)
  • Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601)
  • eVisitor visa (subclass 651)
  • Tourist visa (subclass 676)
  • Tourist (Long Stay) visa (subclass 686)
  • Border visa (subclass 773)
  • Maritime Crew (Temporary) visa (subclass 988)
  • Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995)*
    Note: This visa only qualifies the dependent relative of a diplomatic or consular representative of a foreign country. A dependent relative is a partner, child, step-child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew, or a step-grandparent, step-grandchild, step-aunt, step-uncle, step-niece or step-nephew who is reliant upon the main Diplomatic visa holder for financial support.
  • Special Purpose Visa*.

* holders of this visa can only apply for a student visa by lodging paper application form 157A 'Application for a student visa'.

What is a certain visa?

You might be eligible for a Student visa if you do not hold a current visa but have previously held a 'certain' visa. You must make your application for a Student visa within 28 days from the date that visa ceased.
Note: You can only apply for a student visa by lodging paper application form 157A 'Application for a student visa' under these circumstances.

The following visas are 'certain' visas for the purpose of student visa applications:

  • Emergency (Temporary Visa Applicant) visa (subclass 303)
  • Graduate – Skilled visa (Subclass 497)
    Note: This visa is only a 'certain' visa if you are applying for a Subclass 572, 573 or 574 visa
  • Independent ELICOS Sector: Student visa (subclass 570)
  • Schools Sector: Student visa (subclass 571)
  • Vocational Education and Training Sector: Student visa (572)
  • Higher Education Sector: Student visa (573)
  • Postgraduate Research Sector: Student visa (574)
  • Non-Award Sector Student visa (subclass 575)
  • Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector: Student visa (subclass 576)
  • Special Purpose visa
  • Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995)
    Note: This visa only qualifies the dependent relative of a diplomatic or consular representative of a foreign country. A dependent relative is a partner, child, step-child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew, or a step-grandparent, step-grandchild, step-aunt, step-uncle, step-niece or step-nephew who is reliant upon the main Diplomatic visa holder for financial support.

The following visas are 'certain' visas for the purpose of Student Guardian visa applications:

  • Emergency (Temporary Visa Applicant) visa (subclass 303)
  • Student Guardian visa (subclass 580)
  • Special Purpose visa
  • Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) NOTE: This visa only qualifies the dependent relative of a diplomatic or consular representative of a foreign country. A dependent relative is a partner, child, step-child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew, or a step-grandparent, step-grandchild, step-aunt, step-uncle, step-niece or step-nephew who is reliant upon the main Diplomatic visa holder for financial support.

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