Individuals and Travellers

Student visa grant period

Student visas are granted in accordance with the expiry date of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and if relevant, welfare arrangements, up to the maximum periods as outlined below:

​Duration of course​Duration of visa
​10 months or longer and finishing at the end of the Australian academic year (November–December)​Your visa will usually be granted to March 15 of the following year.
​10 months or longer (finishing January–October)​Your visa will usually be granted for two months longer than the duration of your course.
​Less than 10 months​Your visa will usually be granted for one month longer than the duration of your course.

A student visa is not usually granted for more than five years.

Postgraduate research students

Postgraduate research students are granted an additional six months past the maximum period as per the table above. This is to allow for interactive thesis marking.

For example, a postgraduate research student undertaking a course of more than 10 months duration finishing in November–December will be granted a visa that ends on 15 September (an additional 6 months from 15 March) of the year following course completion.

Primary school-aged students

A maximum period of two years will generally apply. In circumstances where a student intends to enrol in primary school before secondary school, it would be acceptable to grant the visa for five years as long as the primary school component has not exceeded two years. For example, a student seeking to study year five and six could be granted a student visa until year nine.

More information is available on the schools sector page.