The Student Guardian visa subclass 590 allows the successful applicant to stay in Australia as the guardian of a student under the age of 18 that is currently studying on a student visa. The length of the subclass 590 visa is generally based on the length of the student’s visa, or until the student turns 18. This visa allows an applicant to come to Australia and provide the required care and support for a student visa applicant or student visa holder.
To be eligible for a Student Guardian visa subclass 590, an applicant must satisfy the following criteria and requirements:
Be able to provide accommodation, general welfare arrangements, and other required support to the student. Generally, visas are not provided to individuals that have a current child under the age of 6. In exceptional cases this rule can be waived if:
Any accompanying children must comply with the same health requirements as the applicant and procure health insurance for the length of their stay in Australia.
Children aged six years or older can come with the applicant, but they must make a separate application for their own student visa.
Once in Australia, the applicant must continue to satisfy the criteria for the grant of the visa.
The Student Guardian Visa 590 is a temporary visa which allows the visa holder to be in Australia based on the length of the student’s course, visa and age. An applicant can care for more than one student and can also opt to study an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) for less than 20 hours per week. An applicant can also choose to undertake any other study or training for a short duration of 3 months. With this visa, you can study but cannot work.
An applicant can travel outside Australia and return as many times as they wish while the visa is valid. However, the applicant is not allowed to leave Australia without the student visa holder unless alternative welfare arrangements have been made. The time spent outside Australia does not extend the visa validity.
If an onshore applicant is applying for this visa category, they must possess a current substantive temporary visa, which should not be any of the following:
A substantive temporary visa is generally any visa except for a bridging visa, enforcement visa, or criminal justice. It allows the applicant to remain temporarily in Australia.
An applicant is required to obtain health insurance for the entire period of their stay in Australia. It can be procured in Australia or the home country or Overseas Visitors Health Cover (OVHC).
For an application under the 590 subclass, the terms of Genuine Temporary Entrant Requirement should also be met. The immigration department will closely consider the personal conditions of an applicant in their home country, their immigration history, and everything related to their stay in Australia.
A subclass 590 visa holder cannot leave Australia without the student and the Department’s approval. If the need so arises, the applicant will only be allowed to leave alone if the following is proved: there are compassionate and compelling reasons which require the visa holder to leave Australia without the student; and the visa holder has ensured and made alternative arrangements for the student’s accommodation, support, and general welfare until his return. For students under 18 years of age, the alternative arrangement should be approved by their education provider.
If the student to be cared for has exceptional conditions and is above the age of 18, the applicant may still be able to make an application for a guardian visa due to the exceptional circumstances.
The above information is not intended to be exhaustive, and further eligibility requirements do apply. For more information on visa conditions and processing, please inquire with one of our qualified and experienced immigration consultants. For a detailed understanding of conditions, additional requirements, visa points, and processing of an application under this stream get in touch with one of our expert immigration agents to help you out and save you from any confusion.
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