While it is not possible to renew/extend a student visa, you can apply for a new one if your current student visa has expired and you want to stay longer for further studies. This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the necessary information and steps to successfully extend your student visa in Australia. From eligibility requirements to application procedures, we have got you covered.
Can I Extend a Student Visa (Subclass 500)?
If your current student visa is about to expire and you haven’t completed your study course or want to enroll into a new program you can apply for a new one as we have mentioned before you can’t renew or extend your student visa. To apply for a new student visa, you must meet certain eligibility criteria in order to be eligible. Here are the situations other than the commencing of a new course in which you may apply for a new visa:
- Your current visa will expire before you can complete your course due to reasons such as failed subjects, a Leave of Absence, an Approved Reduced Study Load, late withdrawn subjects, a change of major, or a Course Academic Progress (CAPC) implemented strategy.
- Your graduate research candidature has been extended.
- You have submitted a graduate research thesis for marking, but your current visa will expire before the marking can be finalized.
- Your first visa was canceled administratively by the Department of Home Affairs.
How to Extend a Student Visa Australia
Extending your student visa in Australia involves several steps and requirements. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to extend your student visa successfully:
Step 1: Extend your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
One of the important documents that you need is OSHC health coverage to get a new student visa. If your health cover is also about to expire, get in touch with the health insurance agent to renew and ensure you abide by the visa condition. Remember this must be done separately before applying for the visa extension.
Step 2: Extend your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
A valid Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is an important element for applying for a new student visa. Before you apply for a new visa, check your current CoE end date to ensure you have enough time to complete it. In case this is not long enough for you to complete you will need to contact your institution to request an extension of your CoE. Most institutions will issue a revised CoE if you provide them with an approved reason.
Step 3: Prepare your documents
Gather all the required documents for your visa extension application. These documents may include:
- Valid passport
- National identity card
- All pages of the household registration book
- A CV (certified by the local authorities)
- Marriage certificate (for married students)
- OSHC Policy Number
- HAP ID Number
- Proof of finance
- Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) code
And any other supporting documents specific to your circumstances. It’s important to ensure that all documents are up-to-date and meet the Department of Home Affairs requirements.
Step 4: Submit your visa application
Once you have all the necessary documents ready, you can proceed to submit your visa application. The application should be submitted online through your ImmiAccount. Make sure to complete all the required fields accurately and pay the visa application fee. The fee for a student visa is AUD 710, and it may vary if you have dependents accompanying you.
Medication examinations may not be required for student visa re-applications. This is why we recommend that after you submit your student visa application, check the “Health Assessment” tab in ImmiAccount to make sure if a medical examination is required or not.
Step 5: Update your visa status
After submitting your visa re-application, it is important to stay informed about the progress of your application. Check your visa application status on ImmiAccount regularly for any updates or additional information from the Department of Home Affairs. Once your student visa is granted, make sure to update your visa status with your university.
When Should I Apply For a Student Visa Extension?
We would recommend applying for a new student visa no earlier than four months before the expiration of your current student visa. This timeline provides you with sufficient processing time and ensures that your new visa will be valid when your current visa expires. If you apply too early it may result in a gap between the expiration date of your current visa and the start date of your new visa.
Staying in Australia After Completing Your Studies
If you have completed your studies in Australia and wish to stay longer in the country, there are a range of visa options available. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a visa such as the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485), skilled migration visa, business visa or employer or state-sponsored visa. It is important to explore these options and consult with an immigration law specialist for personalized advice and guidance.
Extending your student visa in Australia requires careful planning and adherence to the requirements set by the Department of Home Affairs. By following the steps outlined in this comprehensive guide, you can navigate the visa re-application process smoothly and continue your studies in Australia. Remember if you are confused about the procedure and looking for help, you can always contact Edvise Hub. We will help you with your student visa re-application process and will make sure that you receive your new student visa without any hassle.