Primary & Secondary Student Visa
In general, a Student Visa in Australia allows a foreign national the opportunity to immigrate to Australia on a temporary basis in order to undertake a course of study in the country. Studying in Australia is an increasingly popular option for undergraduates across the world; Australia offers a long history of excellence in learning with a host of educational establishments. Immigration to Australia has grown significantly in recent years due in part to a comparatively liberal immigration policy coupled with the high quality of life which can be obtained in the country.
The Primary / Secondary Student visa is a temporary visa designed for students who intend to participate in a primary school course, a secondary school course or an approved secondary school exchange program.
There are two categories of schools in Australia - public (government funded) and private schools. Schooling in Australia begins with a preparatory year followed by a total of twelve years of primary and secondary school.
To qualify for a Primary or Secondary School Student visa, you must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements, which are that you have:
- enrolled in a registered course;
- adequate English language ability;
- financial means to support yourself; and
- appropriate overseas student health insurance cover during your stay in Australia.
If you are under the age of 18, you also need to demonstrate that you have:
- parental permission for you to study in Australia; and
- suitable arrangements for your accommodation, support and general welfare.
Successful applicants and holders of a temporary Primary / Secondary Student visa are entitled to stay and study in Australia for the duration of your course. When you have commenced your course, you will have permission to work up to 20 hours per week in Australia. When you are granted a Primary / Secondary Student visa, it will be linked to the passport number used in your application.