Your student visa

As an international student, you’ll need a student visa and CoE to study at Monash. If you’re applying for a visa, or you’re not sure whether you need a new visa, you're in the right place:

Applying for a student visa

If you’re an international student looking to study at Monash University, you’ll need to apply for a student visa (subclass 500). For general information about student visas, see our visa requirements page.

Changing your enrolment

Changing your enrolment can affect your visa, so before you make a decision, check the information on:

Extending your stay

If your current visa is going to expire before you finish your course, you’ll need to apply for a new one. This could be because you:

  • failed one or more units
  • reduced your study load
  • took intermission (study leave)
  • transferred to another course
  • are sitting deferred or supplementary exams
  • submitted your thesis later than expected
  • plan to remain in Australia while under examination after submitting your thesis.

Graduation

If you want to stay in Australia to attend your graduation ceremony, you may be eligible for a visitor visa (subclass 600). You can use a copy of your graduation letter to support your application. If your family would like to attend, they can also apply for a visitor visa using a copy of your graduation letter.

Student visa application fee waiver

If you’re eligible for a fee waiver, we’ll supply you with a completed COVID-19 Impacted Students form (fee waiver form) to submit with your student visa application. The waiver applies only to student visas (subclass 500).

Eligibility

We’ll provide you with a completed fee waiver form if all of the following apply:

  • you held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020
  • you couldn’t complete your course within your original visa validity due to the impacts of COVID-19
  • you haven’t already applied for a new student visa (you won’t get a refund if you’ve already applied)
  • your student visa expires within the next three months (we encourage you to apply no later than six weeks before your visa expires).

We won’t be able to give you a fee waiver form if the reason you require a new visa:

  • is not related to COVID-19 (including in cases where you took study leave, deferred your course, reduced your study load or failed units before semester one 2020), or
  • is because you’ve started a new course.

To apply for the fee waiver form

  1. Read the information on the Department of Home Affairs’ student visa page.
  2. Submit an online enquiry explaining why the impacts of COVID-19 meant you couldn’t complete your course within your original student visa validity.

How to apply for a new student visa

Your visa is about to expire

  1. Apply for a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
  2. You should apply for a new CoE about eight weeks before your visa expires (see Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for details).

  3. Renew your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to cover the duration of your new visa.
  4. If you’re with Allianz, you can renew and pay your OSHC online. To work out the cost, use the OSHC calculator. If you're with a different provider, you’ll need to contact them directly. Your receipt of payment is proof of renewal.

  5. After renewing your health cover, email a copy of your Certificate of Insurance (CoI) to oshc@monash.edu.
  6. Apply for your visa (subclass 500).
  7. Submit your visa (subclass 500) application at least six weeks before your current visa expires.

  8. Check your email regularly after submitting your application.
  9. You’ll receive an email with an acknowledgement letter from the Department of Home Affairs as well as information on getting a bridging visa A (subclass 010) (for applicants in Australia only).

  10. Check whether health assessments are required.
  11. While you’re waiting for the outcome of your application, check the health assessment tab in your ImmiAccount. If there are health assessment requirements, book an appointment online or call 1300 794 919.

You’re finishing our studies but can’t leave Australia

You’ll need to apply for another class of visa before your student visa expires. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a visitor visa (subclass 600) or a COVID-19 Pandemic event visa.

COVID-19 Pandemic event visa

You may be eligible for the Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408): COVID-19 Pandemic event visa if all of the following apply:

  • you’re finishing your studies in Australia
  • you’re unable to return home
  • you don’t meet the requirements for another visa.

For more information, see COVID-19 and the border: student visas.

Your visa has expired within the last 28 days

If your student visa has expired within the last 28 days, you can still apply for a new student visa. You’ll probably be granted a bridging visa C (subclass 030).

Your visa expired more than 28 days ago

If your visa expired more than 28 days ago, you’ll need to contact the Resolution Status Service (SRS) for help and advice. You may also need to apply for bridging visa E (subclass 050 and 051).

Getting help with your application

If you need any help with a visa application, you can contact a registered migration agent.

Outcome

Processing times for visa applications can vary, so you should check your ImmiAccount regularly.

For more information, see student visa (subclass 500).

You don’t need a new CoE or student visa if you're completing your studies outside Australia. However, you might want to consider getting a new CoE and student visa if:

  • you want to return to Australia to finish your studies (when the borders reopen), and
  • you’d like to work in Australia after you complete your studies.

If you’re completing your studies offshore and won’t be returning to Australia, you don’t need to apply for a new CoE and student visa.

Your visa is about to expire

  1. Apply for a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
  2. You should apply for a new CoE about eight weeks before your visa expires (see Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for details).

  3. Renew your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to cover the duration of your new visa.
  4. If you’re with Allianz, you can renew and pay your OSHC online. To work out the cost, use the OSHC calculator. If you're with a different provider, you’ll need to contact them directly. Your receipt of payment is proof of renewal.

  5. After renewing your health cover, email a copy of your Certificate of Insurance (CoI) to oshc@monash.edu.
  6. Apply for your visa (subclass 500).
  7. Submit your visa (subclass 500) application at least six weeks before your current visa expires.

  8. Check your email regularly after submitting your application.
  9. You’ll receive an email with an acknowledgement letter from the Department of Home Affairs as well as information on getting a bridging visa A (subclass 010) (for applicants in Australia only).

  10. Check whether health assessments are required.
  11. While you’re waiting for the outcome of your application, check the health assessment tab in your ImmiAccount. If there are health assessment requirements, book an appointment online or call 1300 794 919.

Temporary Graduate Visa

To stay and work in Australia once you’ve graduated, you'll need a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485). If you hold a current Australian study visa, and you're studying outside of Australia (because of COVID-19), the time you spent studying overseas will count towards the Australian study requirement for this visa.

Australian Government advice on student visas

  • The Australian Government will accept student visa applications lodged outside Australia. This means that when borders reopen, you’ll already have your student visa and be able to make travel arrangements.
  • You’ll be given additional time to provide English language test results if COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

For further details, take a look at the media release on supporting international students.

Getting help with your application

If you need any help with a visa application, you can contact a registered migration agent.

Outcome

Processing times for visa applications can vary, so you should check your ImmiAccount regularly.

For more information, see student visa (subclass 500).

If you’re under 18

If you’re under 18 years old, contact our International Student Engagement (ISE) team at iss@monash.edu or call +61 3 9905 6267.

Research degree students

If you’re unable to submit your thesis by the end or your course, you’ll need to apply for a candidature extension as well as a new CoE.

If you’ve submitted your thesis for marking but you’re required to stay in Australia for your thesis correction, you’ll need a new visa. To apply, you need a letter from your supervisor (you won’t need a new CoE).

Student visa conditions

There are strict conditions on your student visa that you need to meet.

For example, you must:

  • maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your student visa
  • maintain your enrolment, satisfactory attendance (if applicable) and course progress for each study period
  • complete your course within the time listed on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
  • not work more than the allowable hours per fortnight.

For a full list of conditions, see visa details and conditions.

Bringing your family to Australia

If you’d like your family members to join you in Australia (or you want to have the option), you need to declare this in your student visa application.

For full details, see student visa (subclass 500).

Working on a student visa

You can work up to 40 hours per fortnight if your course is in session (condition 8105). Your course is in session:

  • during the semester (including the exam period)
  • during term breaks, if you’ve taken another course that counts towards your main course.

You can work unlimited hours:

  • when the exam period has ended
  • during scheduled course breaks, or
  • when you’ve finished your course.

The 40-hour work restriction doesn’t apply if:

  • the work is a registered component of your CRICOS registered course
  • you’ve started a masters by research or a doctorate degree, or
  • you have an approved course deferral or suspension (including study leave).

For more information, see condition 8105 (work restriction).

Student visa validity

Your visa remains valid unless it’s cancelled or your visa expires. The status of your visa will remain unchanged even if you:

  • are studying offshore
  • have returned home
  • deferred or suspended your studies.

Changing your visa

If you change your citizenship or visa type, you need to let us know straight away. For details, see change of residency status.

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