Visa entitlements and study restrictions for international students
Determine whether your visa provides the appropriate study entitlements.
Student visa holders are required to enrol in a CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students) registered course and comply with ESOS (Educational Services for Overseas Students) legislation and student visa related conditions.
Other students with permanent visas and most temporary visas (including provisional and most bridging visas) have unrestricted study entitlements.
The following information will help you determine whether your visa provides the appropriate study entitlements to undertake and complete one or more individual subjects, a course (award or non-award) or an intensive program at the University of Melbourne. We also encourage you to read about visa and study entitlements.
Evidencing of visa grants
The Department of Home Affairs will issue visas electronically and informs students via email of the class, subclass and conditions of the visa. Visas are not usually evidenced in passports.
Verify study entitlements
We have listed common temporary and permanent visas by subclass and study entitlements. Students can query their visa study entitlements using Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) online system.
Studying with a visa, subclasses and restrictions
If there are no restrictions to study, students can study part-time. If there are restrictions, students must abide by the conditions of their visa (i.e. reduced study load and leave of absence.)
Permanent and protection visas
Students holding a permanent or protection visa must apply as a domestic student or change their student status to that of a domestic student. Permanent and protection visas do not have study restrictions.
Visa by subclass Study 200 Refugee No restrictions 201 In-country Special Humanitarian No restrictions 202 Global Special Humanitarian No restrictions 203 Emergency Rescue No restrictions 204 Woman at Risk No restrictions 785 Temporary Protection No restrictions 866 Protection No restrictions 790 Safe Haven Enterprise No restrictions
Students holding a temporary visa are considered international full-fee students. Most temporary visas do not have study restrictions, except for the following visas:
- Tourist visas and Electronic Travel Authorities (ETA) allow study for three months. Coursework students can only enrol in an intensive program or intensive subjects that do not exceed three months in duration. Research students, who are usually undertaking research outside of Australia, may be able travel to and study in Australia for short periods (not exceeding three months) on a tourist visa or ETA with supporting evidence.
- Holders of a student visa who undertake their principal course at the University of Melbourne must enrol in a CRICOS-registered course and are subject to ESOS legislation. Student dependants can study for three months only and should apply for a student visa as a primary holder if they wish to study for more than three months.
- Working holidays visas (subclass 417 and 462) allow study for four months. Students undertaking a course or program (study abroad or exchange) that is not more than one semester (or four months) in duration can study on this visa.
- Holders of a short stay business visa and ETA equivalent do not have study entitlements and cannot enrol in any course, program or subject.
The following conditions may be imposed on temporary visas:
- 8201: while in Australia the holder must not engage in any studies or training of more than three months' duration
- 8207: the holder must not engage in any studies or training in Australia
- 8548: the holder must not engage in any studies or training in Australia for more than 4 months
Visa subclass Study 159 Provisional Resident Return No restrictions 160 Business Owner (Provisional) No restrictions 161 Senior Executive (Provisional) No restrictions 162 Investor (Provisional) No restrictions 163 S/T Sponsored Business Owner (Provisional) No restrictions 164 S/T Sponsored Senior Executive (Provisional) No restrictions 165 S/T Sponsored Investor (Provisional) No restrictions 173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) No restrictions 188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) No restrictions 300 Prospective Marriage No restrictions 309 Partner (Provisional) No restrictions 400 Temporary Specialist (Short Stay Specialist) No restrictions 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) No restrictions 405 Investor Retirement No restrictions 407 Training No restrictions 408 Temporary Activity No restrictions 410 Retirement No restrictions 411 Exchange No restrictions 415 Foreign Government Agency No restrictions 416 Special Program No restrictions 417 Working Holiday 4 months 419 Visiting Academic No restrictions 420 Temporary Work (Entertainment) No restrictions 421 Sport No restrictions 422 Medical Practitioner No restrictions 423 Media and Film Staff No restrictions 426 Domestic Worker (Temporary) – Diplomatic No restrictions 427 Domestic Worker (Temporary) – Executive No restrictions 428 Religious Worker No restrictions 442 Occupational Trainee No restrictions 444 Special Category No restrictions 445 Dependent Child No restrictions 449 Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) No restrictions 456 Business (Short Stay) No study 457 Business (Long Stay) No restrictions 459 Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) Study not allowed 461 NZ Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) No restrictions 462 Work and Holiday 4 months 470 Professional Development No restrictions 476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate No restrictions 482 Temporary Skill Shortage No restrictions 485 Skilled – Graduate No restrictions 487 Skilled – Regional Sponsored No restrictions 489 Skilled- Regional Provisional No restrictions 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) No restrictions 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) No restrictions 500 Student (Independent ELICOS Sector) Study not allowed 500 Student (Schools Sector) Study not allowed 500 Student (Vocational Education and Training Sector) Study not allowed 500 Student (Higher Education Sector) No restrictions 500 Student (Postgraduate Research Sector) No restrictions 500 Student (Non‑Award Sector) No restrictions 500 Student (AusAID or Defence Sector) No restrictions 590 Student Guardian Study not allowed 600 Visitor 3 months 601 ETA 3 months 602 Medical Treatment 3 months 651 eVisitor 3 months 675 Medical Treatment (Short Stay) 3 months 676 Tourist 3 months 679 Sponsored Family Visitor 3 months 685 Medical Treatment (Long Stay) 3 months 771 Transit 3 months 773 Border No restrictions 786 Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) No restrictions 820 Partner (Provisional) No restrictions 850 Resolution of Status (Temporary) No restrictions 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) No restrictions 884 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) No restrictions 956 ETA (Business Entrant – Long Validity) No study 976 ETA (Visitor) 3 months 977 ETA (Business Entrant – Short Validity) No restrictions 988 Maritime Crew No restrictions 995 Diplomatic (Temporary) No restrictions
Bridging visas will contain the same conditions as the visa that’s pending approval. A bridging visa only comes into effect when the last-held substantive visa ceases. A substantive visa is any visa except for a bridging visa, criminal justice visa or enforcement visa.
Where a substantive visa is still valid, the student must abide by the conditions or requirements imposed on this visa. 'Bridging visa E' may have study restrictions preventing students from enrolling in a course.
Bridging visa holders can provide evidence of their study rights by forwarding a copy of both their VEVO entitlements as well as a copy of the application acknowledgement letter for the visa they are awaiting approval for to the University.
Visa by subclass Study 010 Bridging A No restrictions* 020 Bridging B No restrictions* 030 Bridging C No restrictions* 040 Bridging (Prospective Applicant) No restrictions* 041 Bridging (Non-applicant) No* 050 Bridging (General) No* 051 Bridging (Protection Visa Applicant) No*
* Study entitlement on a bridging visa may vary and depend on the visa subclass applied for. If the visa subclass has no study limitation, the bridging visa will not contain a study limitation either.
Changes in visa status
All temporary visa holders should update their visa details. Holders of a temporary visa (other than a student visa) remain international full-fee students. However, they are not subject to study restrictions imposed by ESOS legislation.
A change of citizenship form must be completed when students convert to a permanent visa and their student status will be changed from 'international' to 'domestic'.
Permanent visas (domestic students)
- 100 Partner PR
- 101 Child
- 102 Adoption
- 103 Parent
- 114 (Aged Dependent Relative)
- 115 Remaining Relative
- 116 Carer
- 117 Orphan Relative
- 118 Designated Parent
- 119 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
- 120 Labour Agreement
- 121 Employer Nomination Scheme
- 124 Distinguished Talent
- 126 Independent
- 132 Business Talent
- 151 Former Resident
- 155 Five Year Resident Return
- 157 (Three Month Resident Return)
- 186 Employer Nomination Scheme
- 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
- 188 Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional)
- 189 Skilled - Independent
- 190 Skilled - Nominated
- 800 Territorial Asylum
- 801 Partner Permanent Visa
- 802 (Child)
- 804 (Aged Parent)
- 808 Confirmatory
- 834 Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island
- 835 Remaining Relative
- 836 Carer
- 837 Orphan Relative
- 838 Aged Dependent Relative
- 845 Established Business in Australia
- 846 S/T Sponsored Regional Established Business in A/a
- 851 Resolution of Status
- 855 Labour Agreement
- 856 Employer Nomination Scheme
- 857 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
- 858 Distinguished Talent
- 859 Designated Parent
- 885 Skilled – Independent
- 886 Skilled – Sponsored
- 887 Skilled – Regional
- 888 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)
- 890 Business Owner
- 891 Investor
- 892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner
- 893 State/Territory Sponsored Investor