Student Visa Extension

Student Visa Extension

Step By Step Guide To Student Visa Extension

Although the visa application process is not difficult, you must follow it exactly. If you want to extend your Australian student visa, read on as we outline what you need to do to stay in the country and continue your education!

While the visa application isn’t complex, you must follow it precisely. If you want to extend the Australian student visa, read on as we outline what you need to do to stay in the country and continue your adventure!

There are four scenarios in which you might need to extend your visa:

  1. A research application that is longer than usual.

  2. A new course of study

  3. You have already submitted your post-grad thesis, but your visa expires before the grading will be complete.

  4. Your course has been extended, but your visa expires before you'll complete it.

Update your Recent Visa

If your student visa is expiring and you are unable to return to your home country, or if your course has been extended, you will need to apply for a visa extension.

You have two options: You can reapply for a student visa, or apply for a visitor visa.

If your visa has already expired, you may need to apply for a bridging visa E in order to remain lawful. This gives you time to make arrangements to leave, or resolve any immigration issues.

How can I apply for a visa extension?

If you want to extend your student visa in Australia, you have to apply for a new visa before the current one expires. If you don't, you may be deported and it could affect your future visa applications.

If you apply from outside of Australia, you will have to wait for the outcome of the visa before you are able to enter Australia.

Step 1: Apply for a course and arrange Overseas Student Health Cover

You will need a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from your educational institution. ACM Education can help you find the right education provider and course for you. This letter is given after you have enrolled, been assured a place, and paid your course fees.

If you're an international student studying in Australia, you'll need to maintain your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) health insurance. Make sure to contact your insurance agency to extend your coverage until the end of your new visa.

Step 2: To apply for a student visa, you will need to provide certain documents.

You now have your CoE and OSHC, so you can put together your application paperwork. Use the Document Checklist Tool to see what you will need to provide to the Department of Home Affairs. The list of documents required may change depending on your education provider and the reason you're applying.

You will need:

  • A certified copy of your birth certificate

  • Passport ID page and a copy of every page with an Australian immigration stamp.

  • National ID car

  • CV/ Resume

  • Your CoE, If you are not waiting for a postgraduate thesis marking, you need a letter from your institute/university.

  • Marriage certificate, if applicable
  • Migration agent form 956 if required

  • Parental consent if under 18 years old

  • OSHC policy number, ensuring that the dates on your policy match the dates on your visa 

  • Personal statement. 

  1. Why are you applying to extend your studies?

  2. What is your situation back home?

  3. What is your situation in Australia?

  4. Why is the course important to your future?

Step 3: Submit your Australian student visa application

Step 4: Applicants may be asked to provide biometric information soon after submitting their application.

Step 5: Medical examination

Step 6: If you applied for a Bridging visa A (BVA) while you were in Australia, you will be granted a Bridging visa A (BVA).

Step 7: Ensure that your current visa is valid and allows you to travel. 

Step 8: Application outcome

If you would like to find out more about how ACM Education can help you with your student visa application or finding your dream course at your preferred university, please contact us.

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