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Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)

Everything you need to know about the visa for being in Australia as a guardian 

The Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) allows you to remain in Australia as a guardian of an international student on a student visa, for up to five years.

Who is eligible for the student guardian visa (subclass 590)?

To be eligible to apply for the Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) you must meet this eligibility criteria:

  • be the student's parent, legal guardian or relative
  • have enough money to support yourself and the student during your stay
  • be able to provide accommodation and other support
  • be at least 21 years of age. 

How to apply for the student guardian visa (subclass 590)

Applications can be made online at the Department of Home Affairs. Have all you documents ready to complete the application and payment to ensure you visa application is valid.

Estimated fees and processing time

The cost of applying for the Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) is AUD $560.00. Processing times may take up to 4 months. It’s recommended you check the processing times here.


The Department of Home Affairs has a complete checklist list of everything you will require when applying for the visa. We recommend that you read this this information and contact us for assistance in your application.

How IDP can help

IDP offers an array of services designed to take the stress and confusion out of the process of applying for a visa in Australia. We have a combination of services designed to help those who prefer to manage their own applications, through to comprehensive migration advice and application assistance, for those who are more comfortable having the whole process looked after for them. Whatever your situation, we can help.

Ready to get started? Visit us at the nearest IDP office or make an appointment to speak to us by using the enquiry form on the right.

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