Overview of the ELICOS Student Visa

The ELICOS student visa subclass 570 allows international students to study English in Australia at an approved Australian English school. The ELICOS student visa is only for learning English.

The Australian Government operates an Overseas Student Program (OSP) that allows people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to study in Australia. Students wanting to study English in Australia on a student visa must be enrolled in a school that is a registered provider of ELICOS English language programs.

You can be granted a student visa only if you wish to undertake a registered course or part of a registered course on a full-time basis.A registered course is an education or training course offered by an Australian education provider which is registered with the Australian Government to offer courses to overseas students.

How much does an ELICOS Student Visa cost?

The current charge for an ELICOS student visa as at July 2012 is $535. This cost is reviewed in July of each year.

Can I work on an ELICOS Student Visa?

International students studying in Australia on an ELICOS student visa have the same work rights as other student visa holders. As at July 2010 ELICOS student visa holders are able to work 20 hour per week during term and unlimited hours in the semester breaks.

What is an ELICOS Student Visa assessment level?

Every country has its own assessment level which impacts on the actual type of visa and how it is processed. Part of the reason for this is to simplify visa application processing depending on the profile of the country the applicant is from. For further information about the country assessment levels download the pdf file: Australian Student Visa assessment levels pdf download

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