Student Visa Subclasses

What are the different subclasses under the student visa category?

There are seven subclasses within the Student Visa Category. Each subclass is based on the education sector of your principal course of study.

Subclass 570 - Independent ELICOS Sector
For international students undertaking ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) as a stand-alone course, and not as a prerequisite to commencing another course (for example, a degree course).
Subclass 571 - Schools Sector
For international students undertaking a course of study at a primary school or a secondary school including both junior and senior secondary school.
Subclass 572 - Vocational Education and Training (VET) Sector
For international students undertaking a course of study at a technical/trade college, resulting in the award of a Certificate I, II, III or IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma.
Subclass 573 - Higher Education Sector
For international students undertaking a course of study at University resulting in the award of a Bachelor Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master by course work.
Subclass 574 - Masters and Doctorate Sector
For international students undertaking a course of study at University resulting in the award of either a Masters Degree by Research, or a Doctoral degree.
Subclass 575 - Non-award Foundation Studies/Other Sector
For international students undertaking a foundation, bridging or other course which does not result in the award of a Degree, Diploma or other formal qualification.
Subclass 576 - AusAID or Defence Sponsored Sector
For AusAID or Defence-sponsored students undertaking full-time study for the whole or part of an education or training course offered by an Australian education provider.

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The appropriate form to use in these circumstances is:
Form 157E - Electronic Application for a Student (Temporary) Visa.

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Apply for a Student Visa Offline

The appropriate form to use in these circumstances is:
Form 157A - Application for a Student (Temporary) Visa.

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