Student Guardian for Study Visas

From the 1st of January 2004, a legal custodian or relative of a Study Visa holder in Australia may apply to accompany the visa holder as a student guardian if they are under 18 years of age. This may be a physical or cultural need for an adult companion to accompany a student to Australia.

Student Guardian Visa Requirements

A student guardian must:

  • Be a relative of the applicant;
  • Be over 21 years of age and of good character; and
  • Meet health and financial requirements.

Except in exceptional circumstances, the student guardian must be related to the applicant in one of the following ways:

  • Spouse;
  • Child;
  • Adopted child;
  • Parent;
  • Brother or sister;
  • Step-child;
  • Step-parent;
  • Step-brother or step-sister;
  • Grandparent;
  • Grandchild;
  • Aunt or uncle;
  • Niece or nephew;
  • Step-grandparent;
  • Step-grandchild;
  • Step-aunt or step-uncle; or
  • Step-niece or step-nephew.

Student guardians must meet the basic criteria of health, character, health insurance, debts to the Commonwealth of Australia, custody arrangements, and accommodation and general welfare.

They must also meet all financial requirements for students. This means they will need to show they have enough money to pay for living expenses, education costs and travel for the duration of the course. They will also need to show that they have enough money for themselves, their spouse and all of their children aged under 18 years, whether or not they will be coming to Australia with them.

In addition:

  • Student guardians will not be able to bring their family members to Australia as dependants;
  • A person who has any dependent children under 6 years of age will not be able to act as a student guardian; and
  • If you intend to be the student guardian of more than one student while in Australia, you must notify the department (when you apply) which student you would like your visa linked to.