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Extending Your Visa

In certain circumstances your student visa duration may not be sufficient to complete your program.

Please be advised that the University of Adelaide cannot help you with your visa application. We can, however, help you with the supporting document you will need to apply for a visa extension; namely, a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). There are only limited conditions under which you are allowed to extend your study beyond its original timeframe. Please read below for details.

If you ever have any questions about extending your program, please contact International Student Support in person and ask to speak to a Compliance Officer or a Student Advisor.

  • Your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)

    The duration of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is calculated to ensure that you have sufficient time to complete your program of study provided you maintain a full time enrolment load. As the duration of your student visa is based on your CoE, most students will have sufficient time on their visa to complete their studies. Remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a current CoE while you are in Australia and on a student visa.

    If your CoE is cancelled at any time for any reason, it is likely your student visa will be cancelled and you may have to return home.

    New CoEs for New Programs

    If you wish to change your current program or study a new program after your current program, you will need a new CoE for your new program of study. International Student Support cannot provide you with a CoE for a new program. If you would like to apply to change your program or to study a new program at the University of Adelaide, please see here.

    New CoEs for Current Programs

    If you require an extension to your student visa in order to complete your current program, you will need to ensure that your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is long enough to cover the duration of your program. If your initial CoE is not long enough to cover the entire duration of your program, you will need to request a new one from International Student Support. Please apply for a CoE within 3 months of your visa expiry date. The process of obtaining a CoE often takes 2-4 weeks from time of application.

    To apply for a new CoE for current students, please see below.

    Please be advised that you can only obtain a new CoE under very limited circumstances (see below).

  • Requesting a New CoE for Coursework Students

    Step 1

    Download the CoE application form and fill in the top section. Submit it along with any supporting documentation required for extensions where Compelling or Compassionate Grounds exist to International Student Support via email or in person to the front counter of International Student Support.

    Step 2

    The ISC will forward the application to your School/Faculty for assessment.

    Step 3

    If the School/Faculty approves your extension, the ISC will prepare your new CoE based on their advice and then forward it to your student email.

    Step 4

    Once you have your new CoE, you must purchase sufficient Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to cover the full duration of your new visa before applying for your new visa. The ISC will inform you of the requisite duration of your new OSHC policy when they send your new CoE to you. Please see here for more information on OSHC.

    Step 5

    Use your new CoE to apply for your new student visa. Please be advised the University cannot help you with your visa application. For more information, please refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website.

  • Requesting a New CoE for Research Students

    If you are a research student, you are eligible to apply for a new CoE for the full duration of your scholarship or sponsorship, or up until your candidature end date. If you require an extension beyond your candidature end date, you will first need to apply for a candidature extension through the Adelaide Graduate Centre.

    If your candidature has not yet lapsed, please refer to the relevant section below.

    ASI, AGRS, & IPRS Students

    Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI), Adelaide Graduate Research Students (AGRS), and International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) students will receive their new CoEs automatically after the Adelaide Graduate Centre (AGC) approves their extensions.

    Home Government Sponsored Students

    Once you have received a new Financial Guarantee from your sponsor, please forward your Financial Guarantee to isc@adelaide.edu.au so we can arrange your new CoE in line with your sponsorship.

    Full Fee Paying Students

    If you are intending to extend your studies beyond your existing scholarship or sponsorship OR you are a Full Fee Paying student, please fill in the Financial Declaration portion of the Full Fee Paying Student section on this form and return it to International Student Support in person or via email: isc@adelaide.edu.au

    OSHC

    Once you have your new CoE, you must purchase sufficient Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to cover the full duration of your new visa before applying for your new visa. The ISC will inform you of the requisite duration of your new OSHC policy when they send your new CoE to you. Please see here for more information on OSHC.

    Please be advised that international research students may be entitled to a visa for up to 8 months after their CoE end date so that they may remain onshore while their thesis is being marked and to give them time to make any corrections, if required. If you are a sponsored student and your OSHC is arranged by the University, your CoE will reflect the total OSHC duration to which you are entitled. If you wish to take advantage of the full visa duration to which you may be entitled, you will need to purchase additional OSHC yourself before lodging your visa application. If your new CoE does not include information on your OSHC policy, you will need to purchase OSHC for yourself.

    Next Step

    Use your new CoE to apply for your new student visa. Please be advised the University cannot help you with your visa application. For more information, please refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website.

  • Can you extend your Program Duration?

    Please note that the granting of a further CoE is not automatic, as the Australian Government has stipulated that there are only three circumstances under which the University can extend a student’s duration of study. If you are unsure whether or not you meet any of these requirements, please contact a Compliance Officer or a Student Advisor at the ISC.

    1) Official Intervention Strategy in Place

    You will be on an Intervention Strategy if you have been officially identified as ‘at risk’ of not making satisfactory academic progress. If this applies to you then you will have received written notification from the University detailing Unsatisfactory Academic Progress and advice on assistance available to you. Further information regarding the Unsatisfactory Academic Progress policy is available at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/policies/uap/

    2) Approved Leave of Absence

    If you think you need to take a leave of absence from your studies, please consult a Student Advisor at the ISC before taking a leave of absence from your studies. For more information on taking a Leave of Absence from your studies, please see the Taking Time Off section of our website.

    3) Compassionate or Compelling Circumstances Exist

    If you believe you have compassionate or compelling circumstances for extending your period of study, please discuss your situation with a Compliance Officer or Student Advisor at the ISC.

    Valid Compelling or Compassionate Circumstances

    • Failed occasional courses throughout the program and was unable to undertake repeat courses in Summer or Winter School or through flexible delivery mode
    • Serious illness or bereavement of you or a close family member
    • Traumatic experience, such as if you were the victim of a serious crime
    • The University was not able to offer a prerequisite unit or a course needed to meet degree requirements
    • Other (requires further details and and supporting documentation)
    • Candidature extension approved by the Adelaide Graduate Centre (Research Student Only)

    If you are not satisfied with a decision regarding your application of a CoE, please refer to the Student Grievance Resolution Process at: www.adelaide.edu.au/student/grievance/

  • Your Responsibilities

    You must apply for a CoE extension within 3 months of your visa expiry date and provide relevant supporting documentation if you are applying for a CoE on compassionate or compelling grounds.

    Ensure that you have sufficient Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to cover the full duration of your student visa. You can arrange this via the University's preferred OSHC provider's website: Allianz OSHC, or you can arrange your own with the provider of your choice.

    Liaise and gain necessary approvals from your sponsor and provide the ISC with a copy of a renewed Financial Guarantee (sponsored students only)

    Apply for your visa with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and prepare all documents for the visa application before your current student visa expires.
    Please note: the ISC can only help you with the CoE for your student visa application. You must prepare the other documents required by DIBP, as required by DIBP.

 

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