- Gather documents
Use the Document Checklist (disclaimer) to find out the evidence you need to provide with your application.
Prepare your documents
You must provide documents with your online application.
- Non-English documents must be translated into English. If you are in Australia, your translator must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. If you are outside Australia, contact the Australian mission in the country that issued the documents for a translator.
- Scan all documents – both non-English documents and translated documents.
- Attach scanned copies to your online application when asked.
- Provide certified copies of your documents.
- Submit all documents with your application or your application could be refused or a decision on your visa could be delayed
You must pay the application fee when you apply or your application will not be valid.
The following student visa applicants are not required to pay a visa application fee:
- Students awarded a scholarship funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia
- Students and family members supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Student and family members supported by the Department of Defence
- Secondary exchange students
- Students affected by education provider default and lodge a new student visa application within 12 months of the provider default day
- Family members of students enrolled in a postgraduate research course.
Apply for the visa
You must apply for this visa online.
After you have gathered and scanned the documents that support your application, create an account and apply for your student visa with our online application system – ImmiAccount.
If you do not provide the documents requested, your visa application could be refused.
- After you apply
Provide additional documents
After you have applied, any additional documentation you need to submit should be uploaded into ImmiAccount. If you provide your documents through any other channel, it will result in processing delays.
You can be in or outside Australia when a decision is made on your application.
If you apply for this visa from outside Australia, do not make arrangements to travel to Australia or leave your job until you have received notification from us, in writing, that you have been granted a visa.
Track and manage your application
A Transaction Reference Number (TRN) is a unique number assigned to each online application. You will need this to:
- track and manage your application
- identify your application when you communicate with us
- check your visa entitlements.
You will need to login to your ImmiAccount. You can use your account to:
- continue a saved application
- attach documents
- update passport details
- change email and address details
- check progress of your application.
Other things you might need to do
After you apply, we might ask you to:
- attend an interview
- provide extra information
- update passport details
- provide biometric information
- provide police certificates.
Wait for a decision
Most applications will take about four weeks to process. The exact time it will take depends on:
- whether you have provided all supporting documents with your application
- whether we need extra information from you and how you respond to any requests for this information
- whether you need to undergo health checks or provide biometric information.
Baby born to student visa applicant
If your child is born after you lodge your application but before it is decided, you need to notify us. You must provide:
- a completed Form 1022 – Notification of changes in circumstances (77 KB PDF)
- a certified copy of the birth certificate
- a certified copy of the passport (if available).
Documents must be attached to your student visa application in ImmiAccount. If your visa has already been granted, see the Visa Holders tab for further instructions.
Visa expiry before graduation
If your student visa will expire before your graduation, you might be able to apply for another visa that meets your circumstances such as a visitor visa. You will need a letter from your education provider which states the date of your graduation.
If the visa is granted, we will let you know:
- the visa number
- any conditions attached to the visa.
If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:
- why the visa was not granted
- your review rights and the time limit for applying for a review (if applicable).