Postgraduate Research Sector Visa - subclass (574)

This visa closed for new applications on 1 July 2016

About this visa

Streamlined visa processing for this visa is created for international students who want to study a Masters degree by research or a Doctoral degree in Australia at a participating university.

Who is this visa for?

This visa is for you if you wish for to do one of the following:

  • --Apply for your first student visa
  • --Apply for subsequent student visa
  • --Apply to join a family member who is in Australia on a student visa.

Your major course of study is one of the following:

  • --Masters degree by research
  • --Doctoral degree.

If you plan to undertake another course of study ahead of your main course of study, such as an enabling course, you may also be an eligible applicant for streamlined visa processing.

If you are applying in Australia for 574 visa category , you must either be the current holder of a qualifying visa or have held a certain visa no more than 28 days prior to lodging your application.

How much this visa cost?

It is a must to pay a non-refundable visa application charge when you lodge your visa application.

What does the visa let me do?

With this visa:

  • --The applicant can study in Australia
  • --eligible dependent family members can accompany you to Australia
  • --Applicant can work limitless hours once you commence your course
  • --Family members of the applicant can work unlimited hours once you commence your course
  • --Your partner can study in Australia for up to three months.

Note: If your partner needs to study for additional than three months they must apply for their own student visa. The applicant can make the application in Australia.

How the visa works?

Before you apply for this visa, It is a must to have applied for and been accepted to study full-time at an educational institution in Australia. You must give proof of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) at the time that you lodge your application.

Length of stay

This visa permits you to stay in Australia for the duration of your course. It allows multiple entries to Australia. Dependent relatives who come with you to Australia are usually able to stay the same period of time as you, but they cannot stay once you have left the country.

Applicant Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy must cover the full period of your visa. The applicant’s student visa can be granted up to the maximum duration outlined in the table below.

Duration of course

Duration of visa

Longer than 10 months and finishing at the end of the Australian academic year (November – December)

Your visa will usually be granted until 15 September of the following year. This is to allow an extra six months from 15 March (which is the normal expiry date for student visas granted under these circumstances) for the purpose of interactive marking of a thesis

Longer than 10 months (finishing January - October)

Your visa will usually be granted for eight months longer than the duration of your course. This is to allow an extra six months (on top of the two months that is normally granted for a student visa) for the purpose of interactive marking of a thesis.

10 months or less

Your visa will usually be granted for seven months longer than the duration of your course. This is to allow an extra six months (on top of the one month that is normally granted for a student visa) for the purpose of interactive marking of a thesis.

 

Note: If the applicant’s student visa expires before your graduation, you can apply for a Visitor visa. To apply for the visitor visa the applicant wants a letter from your education provider which states the date of your graduation.

Working while studying

You and your dependent relatives will have permission to work automatically included with your visa. Additional information on the conditions that apply to working while studying is available.

Work entitlement

The applicant can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when the student course is in session and limitless hours when your course is not in session. You cannot start work until you have started your course in Australia.

Notes: Work that is a formal registered part of your course is not contained in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight.If you are doing voluntary work it is consisted in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight. A fortnight Started on any Monday and ends on the second following Sunday.

Relatives of the applicant can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight all over the year. A week starts on any Monday and ends on the second following Sunday.

Exceptions: Relatives of students registered in Masters by coursework (subclass 573) can work unlimited hours when the student starts their main course.

Note: Relatives cannot carry out work until the applicant has started your course in Australia.

Important: You must also meet the terms with the state and territory laws of Australia. Under all state and territory laws, the applicant is not allowed to work during school hours if you are under the school leaving age, which in most states is 15 years.

When is your course in session?

The department believes your course to be 'in session':

  • --For the time period of the advertised semesters (including periods when exams are being held)
  • --If you have finished your studies and your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is still in effect
  • --If you are commencing another course, during a break from your major course and the points will be credited to your main course.

Eligibility

Student

You must accomplish the following specific necessities to be eligible for streamlined visa processing for this visa.

Full-time study

At the time that the students lodge his/her application, he/she must:

  • --Be accepted for full-time study in an eligible listed course or part of a listed course at a participating education provider
  • --Make available proof of the student Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Note: An eligible registered course is a course that is available for streamlining, as defined mentioned below and is an education or training course provided by an Australian education provider listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Eligible courses

The following postgraduate research sector courses are available for streamlined visa processing:

  • --Masters degree by research
  • --Doctoral degree.

Course packaging

If you are plan to commence an ELICOS, foundation other pathway course (E:g: bridging course or vocational educational course) as a requirement or to enable the student to initiate your Masters degree by research or Doctoral degree, you must also give proof of your confirmation of enrolment for each of the requirement or enabling courses.

The prerequisite or enabling course must be provided by an educational business partner selected by your education provider. The student education provider will be able to offer you with details of their nominated education business partners.

Genuine temporary entrant requirement

The student’s individual situations must demonstrate that you genuinely aim to stay in Australia temporarily.

The factors that are taken into consideration during assessment of the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement consist:

  • --Your personal circumstances in your home country
  • --Your potential circumstances in Australia
  • --The value of the course to your future
  • --Your immigration history
  • --Any other issue that is related to your purpose to remain in Australia temporarily.

If you are a minor the intentions of your parent, legal guardian or spouse will also be taken into the consideration.

The information given in your application form and supporting documentation will be used to accomplish the GTE requirement. You may be asked to provide extra information relevent to the factors set out above.

Financial requirements

You must have sufficient money to pay for travel, tuition and living expenses for yourself, your partner and your dependent children for the duration of your stay in Australia. You must also have adequate money to support your partner and dependent children, even if they do not travel with you to Australia.

If an employer or Corporation is sponsoring the applicant, they must conduct commercial activities outside the country in which it is based. They must also employ you in a role in relation to which your major course is of direct relevance.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements and may need to experience a health examination. The requirements differ based on:

  • --Your length of stay in Australia
  • --Other health risks in your home country or countries you have visited for more than three months during the last five years.

Health examinations can be finished before you lodge your visa application, but no more than six months before your course begins.

Health insurance

You must have health insurance while in Australia. Health insurance can be offered by receiving Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance.

The student can ask your education provider to organize OSHC for the student, or you can choose an approved OSHC provider yourself and pay the insurance. Exceptions: You do not require OSHC if you are:

  • --A student from Norwegians who covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme
  • --A student from Swedish covered by the National Board of Student Aid
  • --A student from Belgia who covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia.

If you are studying at more than one educational provider and both are preparing OSHC, you will have to make sure that there is no gap between policies. This means that as one policy expires the next starts immediately.

OSHC is accessible for a period of up to five years. If the student course exceeds five years time period, then OSHC providers may issue cover for a longer time period.

If you have a child born after your arrival in Australia, and you only have a single OSHC policy it is a must change that to a family policy. If family members join you after your arrival in Australia they will have to demonstrate that they have an OSHC policy for the time period of their visas.

Proof of insurance: When you lodge your application, you must give a receipt or other evidence of your OSHC payment. The OSHC should begin when you arrive in Australia.

English language skills

Contact your Australian education provider who will counsel you about the level of English you need and the proof that the student must provide.

Academic record and history

Your education providers will recommend you of the academic results you require and the verification you must provide.

Character requirements

The applicant must be of good character to enter Australia. The information you give on the 'Character Declaration' section of your application will be used to assess your character.

Debts to the Australian Government

To enter Australia the applicant must either:

  • --Have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government
  • --Have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government.

Students under 18 years

Students who are under 18 years of age have specific visa requirements.

Parental permission

If the applicant is less than 18 years of age, your parents and/or anyone who can legally decide where you can live must give permission for you to study in Australia.

If any of the people cannot sign your student visa application on your behalf, they must sign one of the following:

  • --A statutory declaration giving their permission. You must submit this declaration with your application.
  • --The consent form for children under the age of 18 years

Accommodation and welfare arrangements

If the applicant is less than 18 years of age, you must have satisfactory preparations for your accommodation, support and general welfare for the time period of your student visa or until you turn 18 (whichever happens first).

The applicant must show that you will either:

  • --Live in Australia with your parent or lawful guardian
  • --Live in Australia with a relative over 21 years of age who is selected by your parent or legal custodian
  • --Live in Australia under a welfare arrangement that has been accepted by your education provider.

Welfare provided by a parent or legal custodian

If your parent or lawful guardian will be providing welfare for you during the time you stay in Australia this should be specify on your application form.

You can prepare to bring a parent or officially permitted guardian to Australia as your care on

Welfare provided by a relative

If a family member will be providing welfare for you during the time period your stay in Australia your parents and/or legal custodians will necessitate to give their permission for this preparation on your application form and your relative must be nominated.

Your nominated relative must be one of the following:

  • --Brother or sister
  • --Stepbrother or stepsister
  • --Step-parent
  • --Grandparent
  • --Step-grandparent
  • --Aunt or uncle
  • --Step-aunt or step-uncle
  • --Niece or nephew
  • --Step-niece or step-nephew
  • --Spouse.

They must also:

  • --Be aged over 21 years of age
  • --Be eligible to remain in Australia until your visa expires or you turn 18 (whichever happens first)
  • --Be of good character.

You can also prepare to bring a family member to Australia as your guardian on a Student Guardian visa.

Welfare provided by an education provider

Your parents and/or officially permitted custodians can provide their permission on your application form for your accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements to be offered by your education provider.

If your welfare is being permitted by your education provider you will require to submit with your application a signed statement from the provider which confirms the start and end dates of these welfare arrangements. This letter is known as Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation/Welfare Arrangements (CAAW) letter and if granted, your visa end date will correspond with the welfare dates on the letter.

If the applicant is already in Australia when you lodge an application you need to show proof of adequate arrangements for welfare when you lodge your student visa application.

If the applicant’s welfare arrangements are permitted by your education provider you cannot travel to Australia until your welfare arrangements begins. Your welfare arrangements starts on the welfare start date that your education provider has nominated on the CAAW.

Note: Education providers are not obliged to approve friends or other relatives as a home stay provider for you. A home stay provider must meet requirements to be accepted as student guardians.

Change of welfare arrangements

It is a condition of your visa that suitable welfare arrangements be maintained during your stay in Australia. If the applicant does not uphold adequate welfare arrangements during your stay in Australia your student visa may be cancelled.

If you propose to change your welfare arrangements at any time you must have written endorsement for this change. Depending on your situation, this approval must come from either your parents/officially authorized guardian or your education provider and the department must be notified.

If you are changing your welfare preparations from education provider approved arrangements to welfare provided by a family member, you must lodge a completed form 157N with the department.

If you do not preserve sufficient welfare arrangements during the time you stay in Australia your student visa may be cancelled.

Australian Values Statement

If the applicant is aged 18 years or over, you must declare that you will respect Australian values and comply with the laws of Australia. For this visa, the value statement is consists in the general declaration segment of the application form. When you sign the application form it means the applicant will also be signing the values statement. You will not be mandatory to have read the Life in Australia book, but may do so if you wish.

Family members

You must declare all relatives on your application, even if they do not intend to travel with you to Australia. If the applicant does not, they will not be able to come as dependants after you have arrived in Australia.

You must also give evidence of your relationship to them, in the form of officially issued birth and marriage certificates.

Your dependent relatives must meet the following requirements to become an eligible visa holder:

Genuine temporary entrant requirement

Your dependent relatives’ individual circumstances must demonstrate that your dependent relative genuinely aims to stay in Australia foe a short time period.

The factors that are considered during assessment of the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement consist:

  • --Your dependent family member's personal circumstances in your home country
  • --Your dependent family member's potential circumstances in Australia
  • --Your dependent family member's immigration history
  • --Any other matter that is relevant to your dependent family member's intention to remain in Australia temporarily.
  • If the applicant is a minor the intentions of your parent, legal guardian or spouse will also be considered.

The information offered in your application form and supporting documentation will be used to assess the GTE requirement. You may be asked to provide supplementary information in relation to the factors set out above.

Financial requirements

It is your accountability to make sure that you have sufficient money to support your relatives while they are in Australia.

Health requirements

Your dependent relatives must meet certain health requirements and may need to experience a health examination. The requirements differ based on:

  • --Length of stay in Australia
  • --Other health risks in home country or countries visited for more than three months within the last five years.

Note: Health examinations can be finished before you lodge your visa application, but no more than six months before your course commenced.

Health insurance

Your relatives must have health insurance while in Australia. You can comprise them in your Overseas Student Health Cover, which provides medical and hospital insurance.

Proof of insurance: When you lodge your application, you must offer a receipt or other verification of your health insurance payment covering your family members.

Character requirements

Your relatives’ must be of good character to enter Australia. The information given on the Character Declaration section of your application will be used to assess the character of your family members.

Financial requirements

You must meet the following monetary requirements.

Travel, tuition and living expenses

The table below shows the amounts in Australian dollars (AUD) that you want to access. These amounts are the minimum required for this visa. They do not essentially represent the cost of living in Australia.

Expenses

Per Person

Amount required in AUD

Travel

Yourself

Return air fare to Australia

Family members

One return air fare to Australia per person

Tuition

Yourself

Course fees

Children aged 5-18

AUD8000 per year

Living

Yourself

AUD18 610 per year

Partner

AUD6515 per year

First child

AUD3720 per year

Each other child

AUD2790 per year

 

The department must be pleased that an applicant, once in Australia, will have genuine access to the funds they claim to possess to cover the travel, tuition and living costs for themselves and their relatives.

You must declare on your application that you have an adequate amount of money to pay for travel, tuition and living expenses for yourself, your partner and your dependent children for the time period of your stay in Australia. You must also have as much as necessary money to support your partner and dependent children, even if they do not travel with you to Australia.

Obligations

Students

You must maintain your visa conditions while studying and living in Australia or your visa may be cancelled and you may have to leave Australia.

Course enrolment, attendance and progress

You must remain signed up in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

You must uphold satisfactory attendance in your course as needed by your education provider.

You must make satisfactory course improvement for each study period.

Your education provider will counsel the department if your attendance or course improvement is not satisfactory. The definition of 'satisfactory' is determined by your education provider.

Changing your education provider or course of study

Providing your home address

You must give an opinion to your education provider of your home address within seven days of arriving in Australia. Also, if the applicant changes your address during your stay in Australia, the applicant must advise your education provider within seven days.

Note: Your education provider wants your home address so they can contact you if you do not persuade the requirements of your course. If they cannot contact you, this could result in your student visa being cancelled.

'No further stay' or 'further stay restricted' condition

Some visas are issued with a 'no further stay' or 'further stay restricted' condition. This condition defines that the applicant cannot apply to stay in Australia beyond the date specified on your visa, except in certain situations.

Limited situation may include students who want to apply for:

  • --a student visa with permission to work (using Form 157P or 157P internet)
  • --a student visa that is supported by a sponsoring government agency
  • --a Student Guardian visa
  • --a visa to engage Australia's protection obligations.

Students under 18 years of age

If the student is under 18 years of age you must uphold your accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements for the duration of your visa or until you turn 18.

If your welfare preparations are confirmed by your education provider you cannot travel to Australia until your welfare arrangements begins. The date your welfare arrangements initiate is the welfare start date that your education provider has nominated on the Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation/Welfare Arrangements (CAAW) letter

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Financial capacity

You must uphold enough money to pay for travel, tuition and living expenses for yourself, your partner and your dependent children for the period of time of your stay in Australia.

School age family members

Any relatives of school age (between five and 18 years) living in Australia must attend school in Australia.

Health insurance

You must uphold health insurance for you and your relatives while in Australia. Health insurance can be offered by obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance.

Family members

Your dependent relatives must continue their visa conditions. A breach of these conditions may effect in your visa being cancelled and you may have to leave Australia.

Your family members must:

  • --remain a member of your family for the duration of their stay in Australia
  • --have adequate financial support
  • --maintain adequate health cover
  • --Not work more than 40 hours per fortnight, (a fortnight begins on any Monday and ends on the second following Sunday)

Exception: If you are studying a postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD), your dependent family members can work unlimited hours.

  • --not work before you have commenced the course
  • --Attend school if they are of school age.

Important: It is your liability to ensure that your relatives meet the above conditions.

Limited situations may include students who want to apply for:

  • --a student visa with permission to work (using Form 157P or 157P internet)
  • --a student visa that is supported by a sponsoring government agency
  • --a Student Guardian visa
  • --a visa to engage Australia's protection obligations.

Applying

Complete application

When the applicant lodge your application, it is important that you include all the necessary documents with your application. Lodging a complete application assists case officers to promptly process your application.

If you cannot give all the supporting documentation when you lodge your visa application, inform the department which documents are misplaced and when you expect to be able to provide them. Imperfect applications may be delayed or, in some cases, rejected.

Attention: If you do not lodge proof of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) at the time you lodge your application, the applicant will not be eligible for streamlined visa processing.

Passport details

Your visa will be connected to the passport number you used in your application. The applicant must use the same passport to travel to and from Australia. Passport of the applicant should be valid for at least six months from the time period you lodge the application.

To avoid important delays at your departure point for Australia, you must give advice the department of new passport details before you travel to Australia.

Applying online

Starting your online application

Once the applicant starts online application, you will be asked a series of questions to decide whether you are eligible to continue. If the system specifies you are not able to continue to apply online, the applicant will need to apply by mail or in person.

When to lodge your application

The applicant should lodge your visa application at least 12 weeks before your course begins.

You should also agree to additional time to make travel and accommodation arrangements for Australia.

After you lodge your application

Your application will be assessed and you will be advised of any other steps that may require being finished prior to consideration of the visa decision.

Providing additional information

Supplementary information can be given in writing at any time until a decision is made on your application. All appropriate information is taken into account.

Invitation to comment

If the applicant is invited to comment on or give further information, the applicant will be given a date by which to do so. After that date, the department can continue processing your application whether you given the information or not. You cannot delay a decision by saying that you might give more information later.

Interviews

If an applicant received the invitation to attend an interview, you must attend on the date and time agreed with the department. If you do not, the department can make a decision based on the information you have already given in your application.

Change in circumstances

If the situations of the applicant change, such that an answer in your application or information specified to the department is no longer correct, you must inform the department as soon as possible.

Important: Your visa may be cancelled if you provide wrong information or fail to advise the department that some information is no longer correct.

Examples of a change in circumstances include:

  • --change of education providers
  • --new passport
  • --new member of your family
  • --discovery of incorrect information in your application
  • --Change of address or contact details.

You can advise the department by handing over a completed form applicable to your change of circumstances.

Withdrawing your application

The applicant can withdraw your application by advising the department in writing at any time before a decision is made. Any charges paid at the time of application are generally not refunded.

Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

If the applicant applies online and your visa is granted, the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service will permit you to check the following:

  • --Details
  • --Entitlements
  • --Grant number
  • --Conditions.

Certified documents

Do not provide original documents with your application unless asked to do so.

Translating documents into English

Documents in languages other than English that you provide with your application must also be accompanied by a correct English translation of each of those documents.

Appointing an authorized recipient

An authorized recipient is someone you employ to receive written communications from the department about your application. An authorized recipient must be a natural person and he cannot be a business, a corporation or an organization.