Visa Conditions – Admissions – Southern Cross University

Student visa conditions

Once you have been granted your student visa, you are ready to take the exciting next step of preparing to start your new educational journey at Southern Cross University!

It is very important that you are aware of your visa conditions and that you do not breach these conditions as doing so may have a serious consequences.

Please take some time to read your student visa conditions.

The conditions that most often have impacts on students are:

Condition 8105. 

This conditions sets very strict limits around how much work you are allowed to do while in Australia. Specifically, you are limited to 40 hours of work per fortnight while your study session is in progress. You may work unlimited hours during the university’s scheduled holidays.

Condition 8202:

This condition requires that you remain enrolled in a registered course at the same or higher level that the course you were visaed for. It also requires that you maintain satisfactory attendance and academic progress as determined by the university.

Condition 8501:

You must maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire period of time that you are on a student visa.

Condition 8516:

This is perhaps the most misunderstood visa condition. It requires that you continue to satisfy the criteria for the grant of your student visa. Your student visa was granted based on criteria such as you being a Genuine Temporary Entrant to Australia, character requirements, financial requirements, English language requirements etc. This condition means that you must continue to satisfy these criteria while you are holding a student visa. Failing to pay your fees due to running out of money, for example, may mean that you are in breach of condition 8516 because your visa was granted on your declaration that you had sufficient funds to last throughout your studies.

Completing your course within the duration specified on your CoE.

It is also a condition of your student visa that you complete your course within the duration specified on your CoE. This means that if your course is a 2 year course, you are generally required to complete that course in two years. Of course, students may be able to extend their study duration in exceptional circumstances such as where they have been approved a leave of absence by the university on compelling or compassionate grounds or where they have failed a unit/s and need to repeat. However, it is very important that you follow the study plan given to you and that you enrol in a full load each session according to that study plan. If you fail to follow your study plan and do not enrol in a full load each session as advised, you may be at risk of breaching this requirement.