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Release for student visa holders

If you want to transfer to another education institution before completing six months of your principal course at the University of Sydney, you will need to request a release. 

  1. Release for student visa holders
  2. Appealing the outcome of your release request

Release for student visa holders

You will not require a release if you have completed more than six months of your principal course.

If you are considering transferring to another Australian education provider, read our International Student Change of Provider Policy 2020 (pdf, 187KB).

If you have any questions, contact the ESOS Compliance team at


You can apply for a release if you:

  • have not yet completed six months of your principal course (your main course of study) at the University 
  • have an unconditional offer from another CRICOS-registered education institution.

You should be aware of the situations where a release will not be provided (pdf, 293KB).

How to apply

Download then complete the Release request form (pdf, 1.7MB). You will also need to attach the required supporting documents. 

  • A typed and signed statement giving the reason(s) for your release application.
  • A copy of your updated unconditional offer from your new CRICOS-registered education institution.
  • A certified copy of your passport.


You will also need to provide:

  • a student statement signed by your parent, legal guardian
  • a completed Release form signed by your parent or legal guardian
  • confirmation that your new education institution accepts responsibility for approving your accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements. 

If you have received a packaged offer from CET or USFP, you will need to attach your transcript, attendance certificate and/or completion certificate.

What happens next

Your application will be assessed within 10 working days. If your application meets the requirements, we will provide you with a release. 

If your application is not successful, we will outline reasons for this decision in writing.

Application for Release Form

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Last updated: 08 December 2021

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