Student Visa Financial Requirements


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Student visa applicants must have sufficient funds to live in Australia without needing to work.

In 2019, the Department of Home Affairs increased the annual expenses to $21,041 that a single applicant is required to demonstrate the evidence of, in addition to the course fee, in order to satisfy the primary criteria for the Australian student visa.

Those applications with a partner and or children, will have to provide evidence of sufficient extra funds to cover another $7,362 for their partner plus another $3,152 for each dependent child, plus another $8,296 for each school-age child.

These financial requirements are to ensure that these visa holders can survive without needing to work,  as they are not entitled to any government benefits.

Subclass 500 visa.

You must have enough money to pay for your stay in Australia. To see how much money you need to have for cost of living, your course and travel expenses go to Gather Documents in the ‘Step by Step’.

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12-month living costs are:

  • for students or guardians – AUD21,041
  • for partners coming with you – AUD7,362
  • for a child coming with you – AUD3,152

Schooling costs

If you are including any school-age children in your application, add schooling costs of at least AUD8,296 per year for each child.

Alternatively, you can provide evidence your parents or your partner had a personal annual income of at least AUD62,222 in the 12 months immediately before you apply.

This ensures you have financial support in case of financial difficulties whilst in Australia. 

Previous reports have stated the parents or partners minimum income levels at $62,000 for a single applicant and $72,592 if there’s a secondary applicant.

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  2. Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said there was an expectation international students could support themselves in the first year. Those who have been in Australia for more than 12 months will be able to access their superannuation.

    According to the Department of Home Affairs website, to be able to be granted a visa, international students need to have enough money to pay for 12 months of living costs for them and any family members who travel with them to Australia.

    The Department estimated that to be $21,041 per student or guardian.

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