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Student Guardian visa

  • come to 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

How long you can stay

You can stay in Australia until a date specified on your visa grant letter. In deciding this date, we usually consider the length of the student visa holder’s stay or when that student turns 18.

Include family

If any member of your family unit has not turned 6 years old, 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

The child must meet the same health requirements as you and have health insurance for the duration of their stay in Australia.

You can’t include children under 6 years old after you have submitted your application.

Children 6 years old or older can come with you but they must apply for their own student visa.

Cost

The visa costs from AUD620 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

Processing times

Your application may take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

Travel

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid. But you can’t leave Australia without the student visa holder unless you have made alternative welfare arrangements.

The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.

Financial support

You will need to be able to financially support yourself while in Australia. You will need to be able to financially support accompanying family members

Eligibility

  • Have certain Visa
  • Be a parent, a custodian or a relative
  • Be able to provide the student accommodation, general welfare and support to the student
  • Have enough money for your stay
  • Bringing Children
  • Make welfare arrangements for dependents overseas
  • Have a adequate health insurance
  • Be a genuine temporary entrant
  • Meet character requirement
  • Meet health requirement
  • Sign up the Australian Value Statement
  • Have no debt to Australian Government: If you or any family members owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

What you can do when you have this visa

  • come to Australia to provide care and support for a student visa holder who is under the age of 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

Travelling on your visa

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

But you can’t leave Australia without the student visa holder unless you have made alternative welfare arrangements.

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