Individuals and Travellers

Independent ELICOS Sector visa (subclass 570)

This visa closed for new applications on 1 July 2016

Features

This visa allows you study English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Student (ELICOS) in Australia. This includes:

  • courses that lead to a certificate I, II, III or IV
  • courses that result in no formal Australian award.

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you are enrolled as a student in a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS).

About this visa

Independent ELICOS Sector visa (subclass 570) closed for new applications on 1 July 2016. From 1 July 2016, if you need to extend your stay in Australia, you must apply for a Student Visa (subclass 500).

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted an Independent ELICOS Sector visa (subclass 570) or for people who applied for the visa on or before 30 June 2016 and for which a decision has not yet been made. It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use the free Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) to check your visa status and entitlements.

How long your visa lasts

If you already have an Independent ELICOS Sector visa (subclass 570), it will be valid until the expiry date you were given when your visa was granted.

What this visa lets you do

With this visa:

  • you can study in Australia
  • your dependent family members may accompany you to Australia
  • When you have commenced your course of study in Australia, you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks. You must also comply with State and Territory workplace laws.
  • Your family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight provided you have commenced your course of study in Australia.
  • your family members who are 18 or older can study in Australia for up to three months. If they want to study for more than three months they must apply for their own student visa. The application can be made in Australia.

Obligations

Student

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. You must also comply with Australian laws.

More information about student visa conditions for visa holders of a subclass 570 to 576 visa and work conditions is available.

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.

f your welfare arrangements are approved by your education provider you cannot 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.

More information about welfare arrangements is available.

Changing courses

If you want to change to a course that is in a different education sector to your current course, for example, changing from an ELICOS course to a Diploma course, you need to apply for a new Student Visa (subclass 500) because your visa subclass will not be appropriate for your new course (or package of courses).

Changing your education provider

In addition to ensuring that you comply with your visa conditions, there are also requirements under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) National Code that apply if you want to change your education provider.

If you have not completed six months of your principal course (the main course of study you are undertaking) and you want to change your education provider, the ESOS National Code sets out the circumstances in which this will be possible. Unless special circumstances apply, you are usually required to have the permission of your existing education provider in order to transfer to another education provider.

If you do want to transfer, your education provider must assess or consider your request to transfer. All education providers must have documented procedures on their transfer policy. You should make sure you understand your education provider's transfer policy, and what your written agreement says you must do, before you attempt to enrol with a new education provider.

If your education provider does not give you permission to transfer to another education provider and you are not satisfied with the outcome, you should first access the internal appeal process with your education provider. If you are still not satisfied, you can appeal the education provider's decision at an external complaints handling body, such as the State or Territory Ombudsman or the Overseas Student Ombudsman.

'No further stay' or 'further stay restricted' condition

Some visas are issued with a 'no further stay' or 'further stay restricted' condition. This condition means that you cannot apply to stay in Australia beyond the date specified on your visa, except in certain circumstances.

More information about VEVO is available.

Family member

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
  • work no more than 40 hours per fortnight and can only start work after you have commenced your course
  • attend school if they are of school age.

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