This information is for students whose visa will expire before they complete their current program.
If you are applying for a new program at RMIT, your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will be issued automatically once you accept your offer.
Please read this information carefully first and then continue to the How to renew your CoE and student visa webpage.
Before you start
All students on a student visa are required to have a valid CoE at all times. It is your responsibility to ensure that your CoE is up to date and current. It is also your responsibility to ensure that you applyfor a new CoE early if you need to extend your visa. RMIT staff will not be able to issue a CoE on the spot. You should apply for a CoE at least 10 working days before you need to lodge your visa application.
You will be required to nominate the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) office where you intend to lodge your visa application. Please consider this carefully as we cannot change this once the CoE has been issued unless there are exceptional circumstances. We strongly recommend that you lodge your new visa application onshore in Australia. If you lodge your application offshore, you should be aware that your visa may be delayed and you may not be able to arrive back in Australia before classes start.
'No further stay'
Some visas have a 'no further stay' condition. This usually means that you cannot extend your visa after the end of the program. If you have a ‘no further stay’ condition on your visa you may need to discuss your options with the DIBP if you wish to stay in Australia after you complete your program.
English Language proficiency test
You may need to do an English language proficiency test. If you are required to take an English Language proficiency test, you must sit for the exam before you apply for a student visa. Details of the tests recognised by DIBP can be found on the Student visa English language requirements page of the DIPB website.
Students are encouraged to apply for the English test at least four to six weeks BEFORE their current student visa expires. There is a very high demand for these tests and it may take a while to confirm a booking.
Evidence of funds
Please make sure that you are aware of the living costs and evidence of funds requirements of your student visa.
Acceptable reasons for extending a CoE
The University is only permitted to extend the duration of the student's study where it is clear that the student will not complete the course within the expected duration, as specified on the student's CoE, as a result of:
- Compassionate or compelling circumstances (for example in the case of illness where a medical certificate is evidence of the student's inability to attend classes for an extended period or where the course progression rules prevent a student from completing certain units because they may have failed a prerequisite unit);
- The University implementing its intervention strategy for students who are at risk of unsatisfactory academic progress; or
- An approved deferment or intermission of student has been granted.
Under standard 9 of the National Code, international students are required to complete their course within the expected duration. The University is not permitted to issue a CoE to enable the student to extend their visa unless in the case of one of the above exceptions.
If you have deliberately under-enrolled each semester without approval and have not made up the time before your student visa expires, you may not be issued a new CoE. Please visit the Standard 9 of the National Code for more information.
Visit the How to renew your CoE and student visa webpage to learn about the visa renewal application process.