Renew your student visa

Information for international students whose student visa will expire before they complete their current program.

Renewing your student visa​

Only a registered migration agent or the Department of Home Affairs can provide visa and immigration assistance. RMIT staff can provide only basic information on a student visa, and are not permitted to advise on an individual’s visa situation or provide any immigration advice.

For postgraduate research students

Postgraduate research students may apply for an extension of up to six months while their thesis is being marked. Often on your first visa, the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs grants a visa that is longer than the CoE (for a period of six to eight months).

You should not be enrolled for this period and will not be given an eCoE. Email the SGR Examinations office to request a letter for you to provide to the Department of Home Affairs. ​

If your visa has expired

If your visa has expired, you must contact the Department of Home Affairs immediately.​

If your eCoE is no longer valid

If you apply for a visa and your eCoE appears to be invalid, Student Connect will need to check all the details are correct (name, date of birth, etc). ​A copy of your eCoE can be requested through Student Connect.

Where to get help to renew a visa

Information about how to renew your visa is available on theAustalian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

You can get advice on your visa from an Education Agent, Migration Agent, or Lawyer who is registered by the Migration Agent Registration Authority (MARA).

Status and details

Last updated January 2022

By International Compliance (RAC)

In accordance with National Code 2018

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