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Important changes to the student visa programme – from 1 July 2016

New student visa applicants

From 1 July 2016, there will only be one student visa available to study in Australia – the Student visa (subclass 500). 

After 1 July 2016, if you want to study in Australia, you will need to apply for the Student visa (subclass 500) regardless of your field of study.

From 1 July 2016 all student visa applications must be lodged online through Immi Account.

Paper student visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2016, including applications that were mailed to the Visa Application Centres (VACs) prior to 1 July and received at the VACs on or after 1 July, will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the student visa application charge.

For more information on the student visa programme and documents you need to provide with your student visa application, please click here

Current visa holders

If you hold a student visa with subclass numbers 570 to 576, your visa will remain valid and your visa conditions will not change after 1 July 2016.

After 1 July 2016, family members of Student visa holders (subclasses 570-576) will need to apply for a subclass 500 visa if they want to join a family member in Australia.


VFS Global can assist applicants by completing the data entry of an application and upload the supporting documents Online on their behalf under VFS’s Online IMMI Account by charging the approved rates. This service includes upload of the documents at the time of application and any subsequent documents as and when requested by the application processing authority only.

The service will be available with prior appointment through the VFS Call Centre. Applicants are required to bring in their Credit Card to use for payment of their Visa application. The payment can only be made Online in AUD (Australian Dollar). Applicants are encouraged to bring along all the information and supporting documents at the time of their appointment to avoid any delays. 

For any further information, please call or visit your nearest Australian Visa Application centre. 

Country UAE Saudi Arabia Qatar Bahrain Kuwait Oman
Online Data Entry
(Including documents upload initially and upon mission request Only)
AED 154 SAR 173.048 QAR 65 BHD 7.4 KWD 6.00 OMR 7.35

Biometrics for Visa Applications:

As per the process, all applicants are required to visit a VAC for enrolling their Biometrics.

Applicants will receive an auto confirmation on the email ID provided at the time of application with the details that will be required for enrolling the Biometrics. The fee for Biometric enrolment is as follows:

Biometric Enrolment Fee (all applicable taxes included)
Biometric collection Only UAE Saudi Arabia Qatar Bahrain Kuwait Oman
AED 193 SAR 340.55 QAR 246.5 BHD 36.6 KWD 24.65 OMR 21.05

Mode of payment:

Fees can be paid by cash/card in all locations.