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Student Visa Subclasses and Assessment Levels
Australia's student visa program includes six student visa subclasses and a student guardian visa. Each student subclass is based on the education sector of your principal course of study. The Student Guardian visa is intended for guardians who wish to accompany a student under 18 years of age.
|Visa Subclass Name||Number||Purpose|
|Independent ELICOS||570||For overseas students undertaking an ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) as a stand-alone course, and not as a prerequisite to commence another course.|
|Schools||571||For overseas students undertaking a course of study at a primary school or a secondary school, including either junior and senior secondary school or an approved secondary school exchange program.
|Vocation Education and Training (VET)||572||Certificate I, II, III and IV, other than ELICOS; VET Diploma, VET Advanced diploma, Vocational Graduate Certificate and Vocational Graduate diploma.
|Higher Education||573||Covers Higher Education Diploma, Higher Education Advanced Diploma, Bachelor degree, Graduate certificate, Graduate diploma, Associate degree and Masters degree by coursework
|Masters and Doctorate||574||Covers a Masters degree by research, and a Doctoral degree
|Non-award||575||Covers foundation, bridging or other courses that do not lead to the award of a degree, diploma or other formal award|
|AusAID or Defence sponsored||576||Covers full-time study undertaken by AusAID- or Defence-sponsored students for the whole or part of an education or training course offered by an Australian education provider
|Student Guardian visa||580||For guardians who wish to accompany a student under 18 yrs of age on a student visa.|
Assessment Level and Visa Subclass
From 24 March 2012 applicants who have a confirmation of enrolment (COE) from a participating Australian University at the Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree level will be able to access streamlined visa processing. For more details regarding streamlined visa processing please see the following link.
For the remainder of applicants your passport country and course(s) of study determine your Assessment Level. The Student visa subclass under which you will be assessed is determined by your main course of study, even if you are studying a package of courses.
Step by step instructions are available on the departmental website at http://www.immi.gov.au/students/students/chooser/ to assist you to determine the assessment level applicable to you. Follow the links to find the specific requirements relating to your intended course of study in Australia.