There is one student visa class with eight visa subclasses. Seven of the visa subclasses relate to specific educational sectors and one relates to student guardians. The student visa subclasses are:
Subclass 570 Independent ELICOS Sector Visa
Subclass 571 School Sector Visa
Subclass 572 Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa
Subclass 573 Higher Education Sector Visa
Subclass 574 Postgraduate Research Sector Visa
Subclass 575 Non-award Sector Visa
Subclass 576 AusAID or Defence Sector Visa
Subclass 580 Student Guardian Visa
Students are required to meet different criteria according to their nationality and listed subclasses above. Student visa applicants are assessed for the visa subclass appropriate to their principal course of study. So, for example, if an applicant is intending to enrol in a bachelor of arts degree (whether or not they are intending to undertake a foundation course first), they will have to satisfy the criteria for the subclass 573 visa.
Visa expiry date
The length of your current student visa, for the course you are completing, depends on the length of the Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) you used to apply for your student visa.
For coursework students:
- If your COE was less than 10 months in length, your visa is usually valid for another 28 days after your COE expires.
- If your COE was greater than 10 months your visa is usually valid for 2 months from the date your COE expires. The general exception is when your COE expires at the end of the academic year (after November 1). The expiry date on your student visa will usually be March 15 of the following year. If this situation applies to you, you can stay in Australia on your student visa until this expiry date.
For research students:
- If your COE was less than 10 months in length, your visa is usually granted for extra seven months after your COE expires.
- If your COE was greater than 10 months (finishing between January and October), your visa is usually granted for extra eight months after your COE expires.
- If your COE was greater than 10 months (finishing between November and December), your visa is usually granted until 15 September of the following year.
If you have fast-tracked your course and completed a month or more earlier than scheduled, your student visa will be valid for 28 days after your final results are released.