Important: New restrictions for student visa applications announced. – Changes expected 1 July 2024.

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Published: 18 June 2024
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While we are still waiting on legislation to confirm the details: the Australian Government has announced a significant change affecting Student visa applicants in Australia. 

From 1 July, If you hold one of the following visas, you will be prevented from applying for a Student visa in Australia.  


  • Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate)
  • Subclass 600 (Visitor)
  • Subclass 601 (Electronic Travel Authority)
  • Subclass 602 (Medical Treatment)
  • Subclass 651 (eVisitor)
  • Subclass 771 (Transit)
  • Subclass 988 (Maritime Crew)
  • Subclass 995 (Diplomatic Temporary) – primary visa holders only
  • Subclass 403 (Temporary Work) International Relations)) – Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream
  • Subclass 426 (Domestic Worker (Temporary) – Diplomatic or Consular)

Please note: If you hold one of these visas you may be able to apply for a different visa.  

When legislation has been released we will provide further updates.  



For advice on your visa options please contact a registered migration agent today at