This temporary visa is for parents, legal guardians, or individuals approved to visit Australia to support a child who holds a student visa. This subclass of visa allows you to stay in Australia to support the student visa (subclass 500) holder who is under 18 years of age (or over 18 in exceptional circumstances).
Obligations for the student guardian visa applicant
To avail of this category of Australian visa, there are certain requirements that you will need to fulfil. The lists are given below.
- Stay Duration– The stay duration under this subclass of visa depends on the length of the student visa holder’s stay and/or age.
- Visa Cost– The cost of this subclass of visa starts from AUD 620.
- Things you must/ need to have: To avail of this visa you must-
- An approved parent, legal guardian, or relative of the student visa holder
- Be at least 21 years or above
- Have enough money to support yourself and the student during your stay
- Be able to provide accommodation, welfare, and other support
- Activities in Australia you can undertake: With this category of visa you can-
- Stay in Australia to provide care and support for a student visa holder, who is under 18 years of age (or over 18 in exceptional circumstances)
- Care for more than one student
- Study an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) for less than 20 hours per week, or any other study or training for no more than 3 months
- Do I need to hold any certain visa to apply for this subclass of visa?
To apply for this subclass of visa, you need to hold a substantive visa except for one of these:
- Domestic Worker (Temporary) Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426)
- Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or consular) stream
- Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) – primary visa holder only. A family member of a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) can apply for a student visa in Australia
- Transit visa (subclass 771)
- Visitor visa (subclass 600) in the Sponsored Family stream or the Approved Destination Status stream
2. Can I bring children under this visa?
If any member of your family unit has not turned 6, you cannot be granted the visa unless:
- There are compelling and compassionate reasons or
- Granting the visa would significantly benefit the relationship between the Australian Government and the government of another country, you are 21 and if the student visa holder has not turned 18, the nomination is supported by a parent or someone with custody of the student
3. Is it essential to provide for the accommodation and general welfare of the student?
Yes, to avail of this guardian visa, you must be able to provide accommodation, general welfare, and support to the student.