International students need to fill out and submit an Australian Visa application and be approved to receive a Student Visa to study in Australia for more than 12 weeks. Short stay visas are for students studying in Australia for less than 12 weeks.
A Student Visa in Australia is a temporary visa issued to non-Australian residents and is granted to students who are enrolled in a CRICOS registered, full time course in Australia. International students can be issued with a multiple entry visa for the duration of their study in Australia. You can travel to and from Australia within the visa period.
Further information on Student Visa requirements in Australia is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.
When you are applying for a student visa you are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place. You must maintain adequate arrangements for your accommodation, support, and general welfare for the duration of your course or until the end of the week you turn 18.
To maintain adequate arrangements for your welfare you must stay in Australia with:
Please note: you cannot change your arrangements without the written approval of TAFE Queensland
TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services for all students under the age of 18 years (fees apply). TAFE Queensland considers the ongoing support and monitoring of younger students will enhance the overall student experience. The TAFE Queensland welfare package will assist younger students to settle into their studies and their new life in Australia. This ongoing support, monitoring and pastoral care ensures students are well supported to succeed in an adult learning environment and promote positive study outcomes.
SUMMARY OF ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VISA HOLDERS TRAVELLING TO AUSTRALIA
From 21 February 2022, all fully vaccinated visa holders can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia. Please check the Department of Home Affair website for details about preparing to travel to Australia from overseas.
Below is only a summary of what you need to consider before traveling:
Restrictions on travel to Australia remain in place for unvaccinated students. This includes student visa holders who are vaccinated with a vaccine not recognised by the TGA or who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons. Unvaccinated students can still enrol with an Australian education provider, be granted a student visa offshore, and commence or continue their studies online. More information on travel exemptions can be found at the Department of Home Affairs website.
ARE THERE ANY CHANGES TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VISA CONDITIONS?
Information about COVID-19 updates to International Students from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs is available on https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/student-and-temporary-graduate-visas.
WHICH COVID-19 VACCINES ARE APPROVED OR RECOGNISED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT THERAPEUTIC GOOD ADMINISTRATION (TGA)?
A person is considered to be fully vaccinated for travel to Australia seven days after receiving:
More information regarding proof of your vaccine status is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.
WHAT IS INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEE WAIVER AND WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A STUDENT FEE WAIVER?
Department of Home Affairs may waive the visa application fee to allow you to submit a further student visa application to complete your study. This will be available to students who held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and couldn’t complete their course in their original visa validity period because of the impacts of COVID-19. This includes students who:
This measure is not intended for students who are applying for a new student visa because of ordinary reasons (including if you have failed a course or a unit of study, deferred for personal reasons or voluntarily reduced your study load.)
You must apply for a student visa to have your application for a fee waiver considered and attach a completed Form 1545 COVID-19 Impacted Student (PDF 228 KB) from your education provider with a valid student visa application.
If applying for a fee waiver in Australia, a Bridging visa will not be issued automatically as the fee exemption must be checked first.
This waiver only applies to the visa application fee.
Refunds will not be available for students who have already applied for a student visa. Only new applications will be eligible to have the application fee waived.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR STUDENT FEE WAIVER (1545 FORM)?
TAFE Queensland will complete 1545 Fee waiver form for students who need to apply for a new student visa as they couldn’t complete their course in their original visa validity period because of the impacts of COVID-19. This includes students who:
TAFE Queensland will not complete 1545 Fee waiver form for students who are applying for a new student visa due to ordinary reasons:
HOW TO APPLY FOR 1545 FEE WAIVER FORM?
If you believe you are eligible, please complete Part B – Student details and Part C – Student (Subclass 500) visa applicant of Form 1545 COVID-19 Impacted Student (PDF 228 KB) and send the completed form to Admissions Team: Admissions.TQI@tafeqld.edu.au
Please ensure that you include your TAFE Queensland student ID number.
If you are deemed eligible, you will need to include Form 1545 with your application for a new student visa.
WHEN TO REQUEST 1545 FEE WAIVER FORM FROM TAFE QUEENSLAND?
Contact TAFE Queensland within 3 months of your current visa expiry date and submit your request. This will ensure that you have enough time to apply for your new visa with your new COE and approved 1545 Fee waiver form.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN I RE-APPLY AND COMPLETE FORM 1545?
Students will be issued with the 1545 Fee waiver form only if they meet the eligibility criteria. The student visa fee waiver is a temporary measure and will continue for as long as necessary. More information is available at: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/student-visa.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE
As the Australian Government may change the conditions for waiving the student visa application fee, you should always read the latest advice. The current Fee Waiver is a Department of Home Affairs initiative.
Visit the Department of Home Affairs for more information.