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Changing course can mean your visa gets cancelled! Scenarios to help explain this for new students

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Immigration introduced streamlined visa processing to help students simplify the process for students gaining visas to study at University in Australia. This makes it easier go gain a visa to study in Australia and education providers must make sure that students are genuine students wanting to enrol in their chosen program.  Simpler processing is GREAT but it also means that students must study at least the first six months of the highest course their visa was granted for before changing (unless they can get a letter of release).

This can be confusing so here are some examples to help you understand it better.

Example 1

If a student has enrolled in the following:

  1. English (20 weeks)
  2. Diploma (1 year)
  3. Bachelor (2 years)

In this situation, the student must study all the English, the whole Diploma course and the first 6 months of the bachelor degree before they can change providers.

If you try to leave before this, there is a high probability that the student section of immigration will cancelled and if this happens, you will face a 3 year exclusion period from Australia!

Example 2

If a student has enrolled in the following:

  1. English (20 weeks)
  2. Masters (2 years)

In this situation, the student must study all the English followed by the first six months of the Masters before they change providers.

In both of the above cases, if the student gets a letter of release or finishes the first 6 months of the main course, then they can change providers.

Some agents have been telling students that if the CoE from the University is cancelled, they can change providers. This is very risky as all new colleges will still have a warning in immigration’s system (PRISMS) that tells them that they must see a letter of release before issuing a new CoE. Without the letter of release, the new provider should not provide a CoE and even if they do, the students are still at risk of having their visa cancelled.

Also, if a student changes to a non-streamlined visa processing (SVP) provider, then the student must change their visa. If they change their visa, there is a risk that immigration may find them non-genuine students as the already came to Australia to study the original program.

At EMSA, we are happy to help you find the best pathway from the start and get to where you want to go while ensuring you stay on the right side of immigration!

Happy studies!

8 comments on "Changing course can mean your visa gets cancelled! Scenarios to help explain this for new students"

  • Siobhan Chisolm Siobhan Chisolm says:

    Hi Aris
    The student visa is only valid if the associated COE is active. Please contact us for further advice and instructions on what you need to do.

  • Avatar Rajesh says:

    Haii, I came for my masters but due to some health issues i couldn’t complete that. And i went for visa extension for two times successfull i got my visa , But now am excluded from university because of under GPA . And i joined in diploma course should i go new visa And my current visa is until march-2021.

    • Siobhan Chisolm Siobhan Chisolm says:

      Hi Rajesh
      Sorry to hear you have been unwell, there are many considerations to discuss for your case, please email us and we can provide some further advice via consultation. Hope you are feeling better and have recovered 🙂

  • Avatar Shahid Haque says:

    Hi Chisolm,
    I have submitted my postgraduate research sector visa application in Feb 2020. I had received CoE from UNSW. My visa application is currently being processed. Yesterday I have received another scholarship offer from monash. The offer seems to be better than that of unsw. Now can I change the University and let to know the Dept of Home affairs? Cancelling my current CoE would cancel my visa application? Please let me know. Kind Regards,

    • Siobhan Chisolm Siobhan Chisolm says:

      Hi there Shahid
      Thank you for your enquiry, in order to better understand your options, can you advise if you are currently in Australia or whether you have applied from overseas? once we know that we can advise further.
      Many thanks,
      Siobhan

  • Avatar Shahid Haque says:

    Hi Chisolm,
    Thank you so much for your answer. I have applied from overseas.

  • Avatar Shahid Haque reply says:

    Hi Chisolm,
    Thank you so much for your answer. I have applied from overseas.

    • Siobhan Chisolm Siobhan Chisolm says:

      Hi Shahid
      Thank you for advising, It would be better to withdraw your current visa application and cancel your COE with UNSW to avoid any further delays in your visa process, and lodge a fresh application if you really prefer to accept the offer from Monash, feel free to email us [email protected] for further guidance and assistance, we are here to help 🙂

      Siobhan

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