You need to update your residency details and provide the necessary supporting documents if your citizenship or residency status changes.
You can request to make a change to your residency or citizenship status through Sydney Student (go to ‘My details’, then ‘Address & residency’).
Changes to your citizenship or residency status may affect your fee arrangements and eligibility for Commonwealth assistance and support. For your new status to apply to your enrolled units for a session, you'll need to submit your request and provide all supporting documents before the relevant census date.
You need to notify the University when:
Once you have submitted your request online you’ll need to complete a Notification of change of residency form (pdf, 97KB). In the form you will be asked to give consent for us to verify your visa entitlements on Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).
Valid Australian passport or Australian citizenship certificate
New Zealand citizen
Valid New Zealand passport or New Zealand citizenship certificate
Australian permanent resident, permanent humanitarian visa holder or pacific engagement visa holder
You’ll need to request a change to your residency/citizenship if you are:
You'll need to upload the following required supporting documents during your request.
New country of international residency/citizenship
Scanned copy of your passport photo page and visa grant notification letter. You may be asked to provide this in person.
Other (non-resident) – if you will not be living in Australia for the duration of your studies
Scanned copy of your passport photo page and visa grant notification letter (if applicable). You may be asked to provide this in person.
If you are a student visa holder completing your degree offshore you'll need to provide a confirmation letter from your faculty or school.
You’ll need to request a change to your visa type if you have changed your visa. For example, if you are:
You’ll need to provide a scanned copy of your passport photo page and visa grant notification letter. You may be asked to bring this in person.
You can see the progress of your request in Sydney Student and we’ll notify you here if it has been approved or if we require any further documents. Your new status will only be valid after you have provided the correct documents.
If documents are presented after the relevant census date, even if your residency/citizenship/visa was granted before this, your new status will only apply to following semesters/sessions and units of study.
If you’ve changed visas you should contact the Department of Home Affairs to find out how your new visa status will affect you.
If you are a coursework student changing from an international status to a domestic status, we will then reassess the type of place you will be on for your course. Find out more information in part 10 of the Coursework Policy (pdf, 584KB).
In this situation you will change from an international student to a domestic student.
If you are a coursework student, you will automatically be granted a domestic fee-paying place in the enrolled course.
Find out more in part 10 of the Coursework Policy (pdf, 584KB).
If you are a research student you will be offered a place under the Research Training Program (RTP).
If you paid the international tuition fee rate for the current semester and then changed your residency status before the relevant census date, you may be eligible for a refund of the fee difference.
If you are a permanent resident and you are granted Australian citizenship you may now be eligible for a HELP loan, which will change your fee options. You’ll need to fill out a new Commonwealth assistance form with your new liability status and chosen payment option.
See HECS-HELP for more information.
Changing your residency/citizenship or visa status may affect your scholarship. If you make any changes to your residency/citizenship or visa, you'll need to notify the Scholarships Office at email@example.com
Changing between international and domestic status will affect whether you’re eligible for a travel concession.