Permanent residency and your student status
If you are granted permanent residency in Australia you must notify UTS officially by completing the Declaration of residency for an international student who has become a permanent resident form.
If you are granted permanent residency (PR) in Australia before you enrol in your course, you will no longer be eligible to enrol as an international student at UTS and your offer will be withdrawn. You will have to re-apply as a local student for a place at UTS. You will receive a full refund of international tuition fees paid.
An International student who obtains permanent residency and is enrolled in an undergraduate course will automatically be allocated to a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).
All students in a CSP must submit a ‘Request for Commonwealth Support and HECS-HELP’ form’. This must be submitted online via My Student Admin once you receive notification that your residency status has been updated.
Further information about CSPs and your obligations as a Commonwealth Supported student is available on the Australian Government’s ‘Study Assist’ website (opens an external site).
An International student who obtains permanent residency and is enrolled in a postgraduate course will automatically be allocated to a Domestic Fee-Paying Place.
Students enrolled in a PhD or a Masters by Thesis may be allocated to a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place. The Graduate Research School will confirm your fee status.
Fee Rates and Payment Due Date
If you have already received an invoice as an International student you must ensure that you pay those fees by the advertised due date if you are waiting for your Permanent Residency to be granted.
New fee rates and a new payment due date will only apply once you are confirmed as a domestic student, and provided it is prior to the current Census date.
Any international student tuition fees you may have already paid for that session will be credited towards the domestic fees payable, provided you have:
- obtained PR status before the census date for the session, and
- officially notified the university by that date.
If you are waiting for your PR status to be finalised, the payment due date for international tuition fees still applies.
If you do not notify the university before the census date, you will remain liable for full international fees for that session.
If you gain PR status after the census date of a session, you must pay full international tuition fees for that session. After you have officially notified the university, your status will be changed for the following session.
Your PR status is recognised from the date stamped on your passport, NOT the date on which you applied for PR.
Read more on the Protocol on fees and refunds for international students.