What is the Australia Student Guardian visa?
Am I eligible if my children would like to study in Australia?
What is the Student Guardian Visa? Am I eligible?
The student guardian visa (subclass 580), allows the holder of the visa to remain onshore as the guardian of an international student younger than 18 years of age for as long as the student does, or until the student turns 18 years of age. Only in very exceptional circumstances may the student be 18 years or older to allow the holder of the visa to remain onshore at time of entrance to Australia or when the student turns 18 years of age.
If the applicant has applied a student guardian visa on or after 24 March 2012, then the holder will be allowed to study for up to 20 hours a week in an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS). The holder of this visa is also allowed to study a course other than ELICOS for up to three months.
In respect of a particular holder of a student visa, only one holder of a student guardian visa can be appointed at any given time (except in certain limited circumstances).
The holder of the visa can leave and re-enter Australia during the term of the visa, but is not permitted to leave Australia without the nominating student unless information is provided with evidence approved by the student’s education provided, that there are arrangements made for accommodation, general welfare and support for the holder of the student visa, until the nominated holder of the student guardian visa returns. Or if there is information provided with approved evidence that there are compelling compassionate circumstances
How to apply for a Student guardian visa
It is not possible to apply for the student guardian visa online, an application for this visa can be lodged from inside and from outside Australia by post or in person.
To lodge an application from inside Australia the applicant must either have a currently qualifying visa, or have previously held a certain visa and lodge an application within 28 days from the date that visa ends, if the applicant lodged the application from inside Australia, the applicant has to be inside Australia for the visa to be granted.
If the applicant lodged the application from outside Australia, then the applicant has to be outside Australia for the visa to be granted.
To successfully apply for the visa you will need to be the parent of the student or have legal custody over the student, be at least 21 years of age, have no family members younger than 6 years of age, except under certain circumstances, and be able to provide accommodation, general welfare and other support to the student.
GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant)
The applicant’s intentions to stay in Australia temporary has to be genuine for the visa to be granted, to assess whether the applicant’s intentions are genuine, the GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) will consider the applicant’s personal circumstances, immigration history, and any other matter that is relevant to the intention to stay in Australia temporarily to make a decision to grant the visa.
Certain Health requirements have to be met too. The health examinations needed, will be determined on the applicant’s personal circumstances, period of stay, country of citizenship, time spent in other countries during the past five years, and the applicants intended activities.
The applicant is permitted to organize the health examinations before lodging the application. The health examination may not have taken place more than six months before the course starts.
Health costs for the holder of the visa will not be covered by Australia’s national health scheme (Medicare) unless the country of nationality of the applicant has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia. This means that the applicant is responsible for all health costs while in Australia.
The applicant must have adequate health insurance unless the applicant is covered by Medicare. The applicant is advised to ensure that the insurance will provide at least the level of coverage required for the purpose of stay. The health insurer could be in either Australia or in the home country of the applicant.
The applicant’s insurance must cover the applicant and any family members who come with the applicant to Australia. The holder of the student visa who has nominated the applicant for a Student Guardian visa does not have to be included, because they must have their own overseas student health cover to be able to apply for their student visa.
A police certificate must be provided from each country the applicant has lived in for more than 12 months during the past 10 years after being 16 years of age. Applicant should not arrange for police certificated until asked for.
A visa cannot be granted if the applicant has any outstanding debts to the Australian government, or have any arrangements to repay outstanding debts to the Australian government.
The applicant may be required to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application.
The cost of Student Guardian Visa is $535, payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. If you would like to include a dependent member under 18 years old, you will need to pay additional of $135.
Please contact education ONE Australia if you would like to know more about your eligibility for a Student Guardian Visa. We have dedicated teams who will answer your queries accordingly.