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Students Under 18
In Australian Law, an individual under 18 is not yet an adult. So, certain requirements apply to these students:
If the student will be living with a relative (but not the parent), the nominated relative must:
Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW ).
The student's parents or custodian need to prove that the nominated relative meets these criteria.
If a younger student is NOT living with a parent or suitable relative, the education provider must sign for DIBP a letter called the Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW):approving the student’s living and welfare arrangements before the student visa can be issued. The provider must nominate two dates:
If a student’s welfare arrangements are approved by education provider students must not travel to Australia until the welfare arrangements are due to commence. Dates are nominated by the provider.
Parents may be able to obtain a guardian visa to travel to Australia and look after their child.
The student must not remain in Australia when their legal guardian is not in Australia.
In some special circumstances, guardian visas can be obtained to look after students who are over 18 years old.