You will need to obtain a student visa to study in Australia unless you hold another type of visa which permits you to study. It can take several weeks for your visa application to be processed so it is important to begin the visa application process as soon as you have received your offer from UTS.
For further information on student visas refer to the Department of Home Affairs website (opens an external site).
Applying for an Australian student visa - commencing students
If you are applying to UTS through a UTS representative, they will help you prepare your student visa application. If you are applying directly to UTS, contact your nearest Australian immigration office (opens an external site) to find out where and how to submit your student visa application.
Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)
The Department of Home Affairs has a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) in place that applies to all international students.
Important information about SSVF
UTS is an approved SSVF provider and recruits students into its degree courses under the SSVF arrangements of the Department of Home Affairs. SSVF enables students to obtain their student visa quickly and usually with less documentation required.
International students apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500) regardless of their chosen course of study. When you are granted a visa under SSVF you must continue to maintain enrolment in an eligible course, and continue to have sufficient financial capacity to support your study and stay in Australia.
All Student visa (subclass 500) holders must maintain enrolment at the same level or a higher Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level for which they were granted a visa, unless they are undertaking a doctoral degree (AQF10) and transfer to a master’s degree (AQF9). Transferring to a lower AQF level course or transferring from an AQF level course to a non-AQF Award course is a breach of the student visa condition and might result in the visa being cancelled.
Students who want to change to a lower level course or non-award course must apply for, and be granted, a new student visa before they change their course. You must take this important information into account when choosing a course and if considering a course change or a move to another provider..
Visit the Department of Home Affairs website (opens an external website) for information about changing your course and meeting the conditions of your student visa, or for more detail about SSVF (opens an external website).
Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
After you have accepted your offer at UTS, we will send you an CoE. You will need your CoE to apply for your student visa.
If you have not yet accepted your offer, visit the Accepting and deferring page for instructions.
From 31 May 2018, student visa applicants who apply in countries included in the offshore biometric program will be required to provide biometric identifiers (fingerprints and facial images). Biometrics are collected at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) or an Australian Biometrics Collection Centre (ABCC) when an application is lodged from certain countries. You can view the list of countries on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website (opens an external site).
For information about the collection process, cost and safekeeping and use of biometrics visit the Department of Home Affairs website (opens an external site).
For more details on how to provide your biometrics, check the website of the AVAC or ABCC provider in your country. Provider details can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website (opens an external site).
Students under 18
Students under the age of 18 must have appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements until they turn 18 either by living:
a) with their parent or legal guardian or with a suitable relative whom the parent or legal guardian nominates (subject to approval by the Department of Home Affairs); or
b) under an accommodation and welfare arrangement approved by the University.
In order for the Department of Home Affairs (opens an external site) to process your visa application, you must show evidence that you have one of the above living arrangements in place.
You can find more information on the Welfare arrangements for students under 18 page.
Note: if you are under 18 when you apply for a visa but turn 18 before you arrive in Australia you must contact the Department of Home Affairs to seek advice on the appropriate forms required.
Renewing your student visa - continuing and commencing students
If the following circumstances apply, you will need to change or renew your student visa during your stay in Australia.
Commencing a new course at UTS
If you have commenced a new course at UTS you should have received a new CoE. Contact UTS International student services if you need another copy of your CoE.
Extending your stay in Australia
If your student visa will expire before you complete your studies, you will need to renew it.
It is very important that you renew your visa before it expires. It is your responsibility to be aware of your visa expiry date and to renew it in time.
If you are renewing your visa because you are extending your current course, you must first apply for a new CoE. To do this you need to speak to a Student Adviser in International Student Services. This process is not automatic - you must satisfy certain conditions to be able to extend your course.
For further information on renewing your student visa please read the information about extending your stay (opens an external site) on the Department of Home Affairs website. You will need to click on the 'Visa holders' section and you will find information about extending your stay in Australia.
Changing your education level
You will also need to renew your student visa if you have changed to a course with a different education level. The education levels are: School, ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students), Vocational Education (e.g. TAFE), Higher Education Coursework, Higher Education Research, and Non-Award. For example, if you currently hold a Schools Sector visa and have commenced an undergraduate course at UTS, you must apply for a new visa.
How to renew your visa
For further information on renewing your student visa please visit the Extending your stay section (opens an external site) of the Department of Home Affairs website. You will need to click on the 'Visa holders' section and you will find information about extending your stay in Australia.
Student visa conditions
It is your responsibility as the visa applicant or holder to be aware of the conditions and requirements of your student visa (opens an external site).
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in the Essential Information for International students section.