The Student Guardian Visa 590 is intended to:

  • ensure that school-aged children on a student visa have appropriate care and welfare arrangements during their stay in Australia and
  • allow, in very limited circumstances, for a student guardian to provide appropriate care and welfare arrangements for a student 18 or older.

Who is eligible:

  • A parent or a person above 21 years old with custody of the student or a written consent from the student’s parent.


Criteria to be eligible:

  • Have financial capacity to support yourself and the student during the study duration.
  • Have health insurance coverage
  • Have a police clearance for good character.


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What can you do with the Visa:

  • You can live in Australia during the entire study period until the student turns 18.
  • You must live with the student in Australia and cannot leave the without bringing the student
  • You cannot work while in Australia.
  • You can study an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) for less than 20 hours a week.
  • You can study any other course for up to 3 months.
  • You can be a guardian for more than one student at the same time.
  • You cannot bring any dependent who is below 6 years old into Australia.


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